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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit February 8, 2016

From the CEO's Office

Last week NAO and our AHEC network took a big step forward as it relates to how we communicate our "story" to internal and external partners. As a result of a call last Thursday, all NAO communications functions will now ​be under "one Communications Committee umbrella" so that we have better coordination and alignment of messaging. As the details get fleshed out we'll share then here.​ I'm excited about this change as it will help NAO and the AHEC network to ​better highlight innovative programming, our national effectiveness and projects currently as part of the National Training Center.

Countdown to the Capitol!

The "Countdown to the Capitol" page is now live on the NAO website (​, where a great deal of information is available regarding the 2016 NAO Washington, D.C. conference and ​the webinar series to prep AHECers for our "Day on the Hill" on June 29, 2016, including archived webinars, the advocacy toolkit and state data one-pagers.

As you recall, the National AHEC Organization's Countdown to the Capitol webinar series is designed to prepare our entire NAO membership to join together as one strong voice on Capitol Hill during the 2016 NAO Conference; AHEC on the Hill: A Capitol Idea. The 2016 NAO Conference will be held June 27th-30th, 2016 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel.​

Please be sure to take a look at the page and be sure to register for the March 11, 2016 webinar. Registration information for our final webinar on May 13th will be available soon.

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg

A Tool for Connecting with Colleagues AND catching up on all things NAO

The next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call will be Tuesday, February 9th from 1:00-1:30 pm EST. Please note the change in time to 1:00pm for the call. ​Dial in for our next call at: 1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#​. Join us and see where the conversation goes!​

NAO Special Interest Groups

The SIGs are becoming vibrant, groups are meeting and dialogue is underway! Please take a look at the spreadsheet and consider joining a SIG that aligns with your interest areas and your AHECs' strategic priorities.​

Remember: ​You DO NOT need to be an expert in your area or areas of interest; the only requirement is that you organize the group using the free conference call number we've provided for you. Go forth and engage with your colleagues! I'd love to hear how some of the meetings have gone and what the plans going forward are.

Here's the link to the growing spreadsheet; and remember, you can edit and add areas of interest:

Special Funding Sought to Fight Opioid Epidemic

The Obama administration last week proposed a $1.1 billion push to combat the country's fast-rising opioid epidemic, a public health problem that has become a major issue on the 2016 campaign trail as overdose deaths mount. As you recall, nearly 35 AHECs participated in the NAO IPMA-funded (Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association) CO*RE (Collaborative for REMS {Risk Education Mitigation Strategies} Education) opioid project in 2014.

The President's 2017 budget proposal, set for release tomorrow, will seek $460 million over each of the next two years to fund medication-assisted treatment and a $90 million increase for efforts to expand the use of the opioid overdose antidote drug, naloxone (trade name: Narcan), and to boost programs to prevent prescription drug overdoses. Congress is also weighing bipartisan proposals to fight the epidemic, and already approved an additional $100 million in the year-end budget deal to fight the opioid epidemic.

Good Reads!

National Training Center

CDC Promotes HPV Vaccine for Boys

Every year, more than 9,000 males are affected by cancers caused by HPV infections that don't go away. HPV can cause cancers of the mouth/throat (oropharynx), anus and penis in males. In fact, if current trends continue, the annual number of cancers of the mouth/throat attributed to HPV is expected to surpass the annual number of cervical cancers by 2020. Recently, the CDC added HPV vaccine recommendations for boys to its website.

State Cancer Profiles

Interested in learning more about your state's cancer profile? Check out the State Cancer Profiles resources from Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. The profile provides demographic, screening and risk factors, incidence, prevalence and mortality data for different cancer sites as well as provides maps, tables and graphs.

NLM-CPSC-NAO Teen Health Information Literacy Project

Last week, NN/LM medical librarian Christian Minter from Omaha, NE, recorded an informational webinar for the AHEC Network's Teen Health Information Literacy Project. Archived now on NAO's Health Information Literacy webpage, it is freely available for your use. The webinar is appropriate for anyone working on a teen health literacy program including AHEC staffers or interns as well as valued community partners such as library or school personnel, HOSA-type advisors and others involved in your project. Just be sure to have pen and paper handy, because the presentation is chock-full of helpful information that you're going to want to write down! You can find and print a hard copy of the PowerPoint presentation on our webpage as well. While the webinar is free, we ask that in return for watching it, please take the ten question participation survey when you are finished.

Available Now - "An Intro to Health Information Resources for Teens"

This 1-hour, archived webinar is available at no cost to anyone with an interest in teen health information literacy. After participating you will be able to:

  1. Define health information literacy
  2. Describe the role of the NLM and the NN/LM within a health information context
  3. List teen appropriate health information resources from the NLM and other organizations to use in your programming
  4. Identify at least 2 health information careers and resources about health–related professions

Access the webinar and the participation survey here:

2016 Conference Information

National AHEC Organization
2016 Biennial Conference Award Nominations

An Invitation to the AHEC Community
To Recognize Our Most Outstanding Projects and Individuals

The NAO Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the NAO Awards for Excellence, which will be presented at the 2016 National AHEC Conference in Washington, DC.

At each of the biennial national conferences, the National AHEC Organization recognizes projects and individuals that epitomize the AHEC spirit of excellence in the following categories:

AHEC Center Awards for Excellence (Continuing Education, Educational Resources, Health Careers Student Recruitment, Research or Evaluation Tools, Health Professions Student Training, and Special Community-Based Program)

  • Eugene S. Mayer Program of Excellence Award

  • Red Koelling Distinguished Service Award

  • Andy Nichols Award for Social Justice

We encourage you to visit the NAO website ( and click on the link to the nomination forms for each individual award categories to review the criteria and instructions for nominating candidates. Only NAO members are eligible for awards. No individual or organization may receive more than one award.

The deadline for nominations is March 4, 2016.

For further information about the 2016 NAO AHEC Awards, please contact any of the Awards Committee leadership team members:

Mary Mitchell
Manhattan-Staten Island AHEC

Bob Alpino
Eastern Virginia AHEC

Marty Schaller
Northeastern WI AHEC

Save the Dates!

The National AHEC Organization’s Countdown to the Capitol webinar series is designed to prepare the entire NAO membership to join together as one strong voice on Capitol Hill during the 2016 NAO Conference; AHEC on the Hill: A Capitol Idea. The 2016 NAO Conference will be held June 27th- 30th, 2016 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel.

NAO is planning activities throughout the coming months to support the membership as you prepare to visit Washington, D.C. and tell your important story to your elected officials.

Please save the dates for the upcoming Countdown to the Capitol webinar series.

Friday, March 11, 2016          12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time  Register HERE

Friday, May 13, 2016              12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time  

More information on each webinar will be shared in the near future. The content for each topic in the series is designed to meet the membership needs and is based on results from NAO advocacy survey. Each webinar will present a different Advocacy topic and will build upon the previous webinar. This interactive robust webinar series will share proven strategies, provide tools, allow for dialog and time for questions.

The Countdown to the Capitol is brought to you by your NAO leadership, the NAO Conference Planning Committee and its Advocacy Subcommittee,  Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington, NAO Public Policy Committee and through the coordination and efforts of many, many others within NAO.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information and welcome aboard as we Countdown to the Capitol!

For more information, please contact your NAO Public Policy Co-Chairs:

Angela M. Boyer (Indiana AHEC Network)

Kristina Fjeld-Sparks (New Hampshire AHEC)


Check out this amazing slate of keynote speakers for the 2016 Conference.

  • Patti Dobrowolski – a visual goal setter – will kick off the conference by boosting our organizational genius. Patti captivates and inspires audiences, helping them tap into their innate creativity to identify compelling visions and craft bold plans. This TEDx speaker, critically acclaimed comic performer, writer and business consultant will provide an innovative visual keynote guaranteed to inspire employee and leadership creativity.

  • Dr. Damon Tweedy, author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man in a White Coat, will share with us his frontline look at race and medicine. This passionate and profound memoir grapples with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans. It was one of TIME Magazine's Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2015, and USA Today described it as "A timely, thought-provoking examination of our heartbreaking health care system." Dr. Tweedy is a graduate of Duke Medical School and Yale Law School. He is assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center.

  • Dr. Jonathan Oberlander, a national health policy expert from UNC Chapel Hill, will wrap up the conference by sharing his perspectives on health care politics and policy and health care reform. His work explores ongoing political fights over and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, health care cost control, Medicare reform, and the fate of CHIP. He has been featured in articles and interviews in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the BBC, CBS News and PBS.

Look for registration information and highlights on additional speakers soon.

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