NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit February 22, 2016

From the CEO's Office

If you had the week off for February vacation I hope it was enjoyable and relaxing. It was nice to enjoy a couple of down days​ and a few mini-adventures with my family, despite some pretty cold temperatures early in the week here in the East.

I'll be in Atlanta, GA today through Wednesday with the NAO HPV team as we do a "reverse-site visit" to the CDC along with our project partners (American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society, National Association of County and City Health Officials​ and the American Pediatric Association) as we begin planning for years 3-5 of the project. Additionally, we'll get a chance to attend some of the tri-annual ACIP meeting (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices), ​as well as do some internal strategic planning as well. I'll be back in the office Thursday morning.

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, March 1st from 12:30 - 1:30 pm EST. On our most recent call we primarily discussed President Obama's FY2017 budget proposal and AHEC funding, as well the need for consistent, meaningful data that can highlight the effectiveness of our AHEC network. Please 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:

Good Reads!

National Training Center

Webinar Recording

If you missed our webinar last week on how to use survivor stories in your HPV events – then you really missed out on a great presentation! No worries, though. You can click here to access the webinar recording. Due to a technical glitch, there’s about three minutes where the slides don’t show. The slides will reappear and you can still follow along with the audio using the PowerPoint slides.

Alternative NLM Health Information Literacy Program Models

Although the AHEC awardees for our year-long pilot project in health information literacy chose the University of Maryland's Project SHARE, there were three other model NLM programs short-listed and under consideration for replication. Read about those alternative models here. One of them might be a great fit for your AHEC programming.

  1. South Carolina AHEC Health Information Literacy and Health Careers Exploration Project

    This South Carolina project model increases awareness and use of NLM resources while focusing on verbal, written, and critical thinking skills as well as content analysis, team work, communication and leadership abilities of high school youth. The project is led by AHEC staff with experience in health careers exploration and health sciences library staff. In addition to online research, key project elements include interviewing relevant community members such as practicing health professionals and health professions students. The culminating product is group produced comic books on a health topic, designed for younger middle-school aged youth.

  2. iVIVA! (Vital Information for a Virtual Age) Peer Tutor Project

    The Peer Tutoring Project is intended to help improve the health literacy of high school students through their direct involvement in learning how to use reliable online health information resources, and then training other students to do the same. Training may extend to community outreach as well, where youth tutors participate in health fairs and similar events in their local and regional areas.

  3. Medical University of South Carolina: South Carolina Teen Health Leadership (THLP)

    The Teen Health Leadership Project is a collaboration between the Medical University of South Carolina and the local Communities In Schools program. The Communities in Schools liaison is present at the school during school hours and works one and one mentoring students as a valuable asset to the youth. A key component of the program is exposing students to community health advocacy by having them organize and manage outreach activities. In the after school program, students have assignments to look at websites, prepare lessons for classes, serve as peer tutors for other students, exhibit at health fairs or develop special projects.

2016 Conference Information

NAO 2016 On-line Conference Agenda Now Available!

We are excited to release a preview of the on-line agenda. This agenda will automatically update so you can view the most recent agenda as you plan your week. You will be able to see information on our keynote speakers, our multitude of exciting sessions, and find out information about the activities we have planned for you.

Even more exciting is the ability to create an account on our on-line agenda site, which will allow you to network with other conference attendees, and to even create your own personal agenda to follow throughout your week at the conference.

To VIEW a "simple" version of the schedule of events, CLICK HERE.

To VIEW the "expanded" version of the schedule of events, CLICK HERE.

To PRINT a "simple" version of the schedule of events, CLICK HERE.

To PRINT the "expanded" version of the schedule of events, CLICK HERE.

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.


New SBIRT-ATTC Webinars!

We've just scheduled a whole bunch of webinars between now and June. Here's a selection of topics:

Motivational Interviewing - Improve Your Skills
Alcohol Consumption Guidelines - Why They Make Sense
Gambling Screening - It Can Be Fun!
Digital Technology - How It Fits With SBIRT
SBIRT for Military Populations - Cultural Competence Matters

In collaboration with our partners at the University of Chicago, we've planned an excellent lineup of free training opportunities based on the most current ideas about reducing at-risk substance use and improving health. Join us!

Register Today


Meeting Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV Requirements using Pediatric Oral Health

At the conclusion of this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of oral health in treating children under age 6 as part of ACA benefits
  2. Describe how oral health services can easily be used to meet MOC IV requirements for licensure
  3. Implement the MOC IV quality improvement project in your practice

Family physicians, pediatricians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, state oral health coalition leaders, practice managers, quality improvement specialists.
Hugh Silk MD, MPH,
Sandi Carbonari, MD, FAAP,
Cameron P. Graham, MPH
Kneka P. Smith, MPH

March 16, 2016 (noon-1:30pm)


The webinar is being hosted by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and From the First Tooth. Participants will be eligible for 1 hour of CME credit. It is FREE.

Hear from pediatricians and family physicians who have been doing this work for years. Hear how to use existing resources at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians.

If you have questions call CTAAP at 860-525-9738 or email

Join us for a webinar on interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
Scroll down for information on becoming a member of AIHC


Social Determinants and the Context of Care: Going Beyond the Obvious for Prevention and Practice

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
12:00 p.m. CST

Recognizing the impact of social determinants broadens the capacities of providers and policy makers to improve the health and wellness of individuals, populations and communities. Using a case scenario, this webinar will provide participants with socioecological and trauma-informed frameworks to better understand individual, interpersonal, interprofessional, community, and policy-level implications of early and enduring adversity and health inequities.

  • Provide frameworks that describe short and long term impacts of trauma and early adversity on health and wellness
  • Illustrate the value and necessity of integrating contextual knowledge into integrated clinical and community health practice
  • Discuss the fundamental roles and perspectives of social work and public health in delivering preventive and effective health practice with individuals and communities
Register Now!

Why Join AIHC?

By becoming affiliated with other AIHC members, you can be part of an ongoing forum for shaping the future of interprofessional practice and education – and solidifying your role in it.
  • Increase Your Expertise - Take advantage of continuing education and professional development opportunities for faculty, practitioners and learners.
  • Advance Knowledge - Participate in a valuable two-way conduit for advancing knowledge about interprofessional practice, research and education by adding to the research base and taking advantage of learning opportunities and resources yourself.
  • Drive Change - Advocate for consensus-based change in healthcare and health professions education…change that's focused on the interests of patients and communities, rather on a single profession.
  • Build the Future - Transform today's momentum for interprofessional education and collaborative practice into lasting progress.
Our Presenters
Shelley Cohen Konrad,


Professor and Interim Director,
School of Social Work,
University of New England


Interprofessional Education Collaborative
University of New England
Jennifer Gunderman-King, MPH

University of New England
Arabella Perez, LCSW

Clinical Faculty,
University of New England
Support for the AIHC Interprofessional webinar series is provided by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the University of Minnesota.
The American Interprofessional Health Collaborative transcends boundaries to transform learning, policies, practices, and scholarship toward an improved system of health and wellness for individual patients, communities, and populations. It believes educating those entrusted with the health of individuals, communities, and populations to value and respect each other's unique expertise and skills and to work together is fundamental to care that is effective, safe, of high quality, and efficient in terms of cost, resources, and time.

Our mailing address is:
AIHC, University of Minnesota
426 Church Street
485 ChRC, MMC 501
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Psychological Health Webinar

Literature Review on Resilience in the Military
Feb. 25, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

In an attempt to define resilience, researchers have examined adaptation and growth and capacity versus demonstration. Findings have shown that positive adaptation is influenced by factors both outside and inside the work setting. When examining resilience in high-stress occupations, the process includes appraisal of adversity, coping with adversity and seeking help from others in order to achieve positive adaptation. To address the challenges of positive adaptation for those deploying to war zones or other high-stress environments, the Department of Defense implemented pre-deployment training on resilience. The training is based on literature that identified several predictors of resilience in military personnel including quality of sleep, higher unit moral and positive leader behavior.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define the distinct elements of resilience
  • Describe how adverse conditions affect resilience
  • Narrate the potential benefits of resilience in high-stress occupations

Thomas W. Britt, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
College of Business and Behavioral Science
Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina

Vladimir Nacev, Ph.D., ABPP
Senior Program Manager
Deployment Health Clinical Center
Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG).  You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Feb. 25, 2016, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.  

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.

Sign up for the webinar at Please note, registration is required for each webinar regardless if the participant has an existing PESG account. Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Collaboration Services to attend the webinar.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE Webinar Team at

Suicide Prevention Webinar

The DoD/VA Suicide Prevention: The Public Health Approach Webinar Series Presents: The Power of One: Maximizing a Public Health, Community-Based, and Holistic Approach to Suicide Prevention Webinar will be held February 24, 2016.  Please join the Defense Suicide Prevention Office's Dr. Adam Walsh, Ph.D., LCSW and the Department of Veteran Affairs' Dr. Caitlin Thompson, Ph.D. as they discuss the Public Health, Community-Based, and Holistic Approach to Suicide Prevention. 
Date: February 24, 2016
Time: 1400 –1530 (EST)
This webinar will discuss:

  • The rationale and evidence to support a public health, community focused approach to suicide prevention.
  • Demonstrate the importance of using a prevention science framework to guide and implement           suicide prevention efforts.
  • Describe how a population-wide suicide prevention strategy can leverage an entire community to prevent suicide.


Mark Bates, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Psychological Health Promotion     
Deployment Health Clinical Center
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE)


Dr. Adam Walsh, Ph.D., LCSW
Subject Matter Expert
Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO)

Dr. Caitlin Thompson, Ph.D.
National Mental Health Director of Suicide Prevention & Community Engagement
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Registration opens on February 10, 2016. To register for this webinar please visit:

Continuing Education Units:
This continuing education activity is provided through collaboration between DSPO, VA, and DCoE, and issued by Professional Education Services Group (PESG).

You must register by 6 p.m. (EST) on February 24, 2016, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.  A variety of CME/ CEs credit designations are offered, for all other health care provider disciplines, a certificate of attendance is available for you to use to negotiate CEs with your state occupational board.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.  The authority for training of contractors is at the discretion of the chief contracting official.  Currently, only those contractors with SOWs or with commensurate contract language are permitted to obtain CEs. 

For additional information, please contact:



Other News

Remember A-TrACC?

Do you ever wish you could still access recorded A-TrACC webinars and other training materials? Well you can. The A-TrACC webinars are archived on the Bureau of Health Workforce website. Use this link: In the menu box on the left hand side of the page under the heading "AHEC Training & Consultation Center (A-TrACC)" are links to the Training Archive, Veterans Mental Health Project resources, and the last performance measure Field Guides. While now outdated, these resources may still be helpful for program planning and development.

Rural Health & Agriculture CE Series

Special rural populations that include farmers, fishermen, foresters and their families have unique environmental healthcare needs. The NC AHEC, in collaboration with the NC Agromedicine Institute, Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, and the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund is offering a blended-learning continuing education series for healthcare professionals focused on rural population health.

2016 Agricultural Medicine: Keeping Rural America Healthy & Safe - Occupational & Environmental Medicine for Healthcare Providers
A 3-month series of both face-to-face workshops and informative webinars will provide improved knowledge of the cultural impact of the agriculture workforce, along with specific information about the risks and illnesses associated with living and working in rural communities.

Available sessions include:
Two separate sets of workshops: March 18 & 19 and May 20 & 21
Six Webinars: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6

Participants may earn up to 41 contact hours, 4.1 CEU, and 41.5 CNE contact hours are available.
See brochure for more details.

For questions, contact Dawn Morriston, MPH, Director of Student Services, Public Health & Special Projects

Eastern AHEC at 252.744.5214 or

Job Opportunities

Executive Director Northwest Wisconsin AHEC (11-county region)
Position Announcement

The Executive Director is the chief operating officer and reports to a Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for developing, organizing, directing and evaluating all administrative, fiscal, personnel and operational functions and has a primary role in delivery of programs and programmatic functions of the Center. The region encompasses 11 counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, St Croix and Washburn counties.

AHEC services and programs support health careers promotion; health professions student and medical resident educational opportunities; community health programs; and professional continuing education. The NWAHEC Executive Director serves as liaison with community representatives including funding sources, health care providers and educators, project partners, governmental officials and the statewide Wisconsin AHEC System. Significant travel within the region is required. The location of the NWAHEC office will be home-based and located within the NWAHEC region in northern Wisconsin.

Qualification highlights:

  • Degree in a healthcare profession, public health, business, or related (Bachelors degree required, Masters/advanced degree preferred)
  • 3-5 years professional experience required
  • Experience in building relations with government agencies, funders, healthcare providers, and educational institutions
  • Development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs for school age, adult and non-traditional learners
  • Business management principles

For a complete job description and additional information, see:

Interested candidates should submit resume with a cover letter to: Jann E Brill, Director, Northwest Wisconsin AHEC

Apply by March 1, 2016

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Email Contact: Robert M. Trachtenberg, MS

National AHEC Organization
7044 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, WI 53154