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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit January 18, 2016

From the CEO's Office

Many times when I begin thinking about what to highlight in this space each week I'm ​struck by just how many exciting organizational initiatives we have underway and how many successes, large and small, we experience on a weekly basis, many of which don't get the attention they should. So, for this week' s update I'd like to ​shine a spotlight on just a few of the more recent achievements of our increasingly sophisticated and innovative organization and national network:

Over 600 people registered (with over 500 attending) for the NAO HPV CDC 'You Are The Key" Webinar with Dr. Robin Curtis from the CDC​ last Thursday January 14th. Our CDC project officer Dr. Achal Bhatt has been extremely effusive in her praise for this and for our overall work as part of the CDC HPV project. Dr Bhatt regularly sings the praises of Gretchen Forsell's leadership in making our project as successful as its been thus far​.

Rachel Chase, the NAO National Library of Medicine Teen Health Information Literacy/Center for Public Service Communications project national coordinator, has done a masterful job in bringing together the five awardee AHEC projects (representing six AHECs) ​to work on the replication of a previously funded NLM teen health information literacy project. Rachel and the awardee AHECs (Boston AHEC; Eastern CT AHEC; ​Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island AHEC; Centennial AHEC/SW Colorado AHEC; Montana AHEC) ​have created a dynamic and engaged learning community as each awardee AHEC seeks to put their particular 'local' spin on the University of Maryland's 'Project Share' teen health information literacy project. ​ With only a year to complete this project, the team is ​hard at work and gearing up for project implementation in the coming months.

Public Policy co-chairs Angela Boyer and Kristina Fjeld-Sparks are to be credited with another successful webinar last Friday in the 'Countdown to the Capitol' webinar ​series. Angela and Kristina are doing an enormous amount of work in putting this series together to prep AHECers for the 2016 Washington, D.C. ​national conference 'Day on the Hill'. ​ We have two (2) more webinars scheduled, each with new content, so make sure you get registered and attend!

2016 Washington, D.C. conference co-chairs Mary Craig and Anna Wenders--and the various conference sub-committee members--​have been working diligently for many months now in putting together what promises to be an outstanding conference this coming June. The keynote speakers alone will be excellent--as you saw in last week's Monday Update--and the educational sessions look incredible. Every time out we continue to raise the bar for our conferences! I look forward to seeing many of you in just five short months.

​A seemingly small change but one that I know will reap many organizational benefits in the coming weeks and months occurred last week: the decision was made to make sure all NAO communication functions are fully coordinated and aligned so that there will now be one organizational 'Communications Umbrella". While the specifics are still being worked out I know we'll have ​a much more integrated and coordinated internal and external communications strategy.

By no means is this an exhaustive list and I hope to highlight more of our shared successes in the coming weeks.​ Without doubt, we have enormously talented, passionate and dedicated AHECers in our network!

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg

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

I've been quite pleased with the turnout on recent calls; it's heartening to know that there's strong interest in all things NAO. The next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call will be Tuesday, January 26th from 12:30--1:00pm EST. On the January 12th call we discussed the FY2017 Federal budget process, NAO communications activities and the Special Interest Groups. Dial in at: 1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#

Please note that this call will be only 30 minutes long.

NAO Special Interest Groups

NAO Special Interest Groups: Interest is growing!

It's exciting to see the interest continuing to grow for the 'Special Interest Groups' as evidenced by the calls, video chats and meetings that are both underway and planned, and by the addition of new SIGs every week. Let's keep the momentum going! 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 spreadsheet; and remember, you can edit and add areas of interest: ​

SIG Spreadsheets

NAO Special Interest Group Survey

The NAO Special Interest Group - Sharing Resources, is conducting a survey to identify data regarding regions and CEs.  The information will be used to gather best practices, resources and procedures for implementing CEs for those regions that are not currently doing so.  Thanks for taking the time to complete our survey. We value your feedback.  We ask that only one representative from each AHEC complete the survey.  We would like all AHECs to participate, whether you currently provide CEs or not. The survey will remain open until January 31, 2016, 11:59p MST.

Click Here to take the Survey

The next meeting of NAO Special Interest Group - Sharing Resources will be on February 8, 2016, 2p-3p MST.  You are invited to join us to review and discuss the survey results. This will be a video-conference that can be accessed at

National Training Center

Introduction to Comprehensive Cancer Control

Our next webinar, “Introduction to Comprehensive Cancer Control – Coalition Building Strategies to Advance your HPV Work” will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 2:30 p.m. ET by George Washington University Cancer Institute. The webinar will provide information about comprehensive cancer control networks and provide strategies for plugging in to local comprehensive cancer work. All State Entities and Regional Coordinators involved in the HPV project are strongly encouraged to attend but any AHEC is welcome. Register Now

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Get the word out about Cervical Cancer Awareness Month with your Tweets and Facebook posts. Here’s an example from our partners at the American Academy of Pediatrics on a tweet: January is #CervicalCancer Awareness Month! Are your preteen patients protected from #HPVcancers? You can also utilize our Social Media toolkit for other tweet and post suggestions. Check out the American Cancer Society’s Resources for Cervical Cancer including screening guidelines, fact sheets, handouts, presentations and more.

NLM-CPSC-NAO Teen Health Information Literacy Project

You might well ask, what is the National Library of Medicine (NLM), exactly? We’ve probably all at least heard of it, and understand that there is a federally funded library system focused on health and medicine, but what else do we know, and how does it relate to the work of AHECs? The NLM is a part of the National Institutes of Health based in Bethesda, Maryland and formed in 1836. It is the largest biomedical library in the world whose holdings are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the world. Additionally, NLM coordinates a member network across the United States to promote and provide access to health information in US communities. And, since AHECs act as information and resource centers that provide health information to our own constituents, membership within the National Network (NN/LM) is free and openly available to AHECs. Consider joining the NN/LM to receive priority access to expert medical librarian consultations, training, funding opportunities and the latest health related news and information. For more information about NN/LM membership click here.

So, you can now see how the health information goals of the NLM has led to a partnership with NAO to pilot a national teen health information literacy project. These partnerships at the national levels are currently benefiting five AHEC communities across the nation, and we’d like to see that grow. Take a look at Project SHARE (, a NLM promising practice the awardees will begin implementing in the next couple of weeks. In our next posts we’ll tell you more about how that work is growing.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers.

Membership is free. Benefits include:

  • Access to a variety of in person and online trainings and education opportunities

  • Eligibility for funding for health information outreach projects

  • Educational materials for National Library of Medicine products and services

  • Consultations for health information outreach projects

  • The opportunity to partner with other libraries or information centers

  • Invitations to provide input on NN/LM regional programs and services

  • Access to the latest health related news and information

  • A certificate recognizing your institution’s NN/LM membership.

To Join: Visit your region’s website and fill out a brief membership application form. Select “Affiliate Membership” when asked for membership type. A coordinator from your region will follow up with you after the application is submitted.

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.


Psychological Health Webinar - Scientific Reviews of Recent Studies on the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Jan. 28, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

The Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) collaborated with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a two-phased review of prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Phase I assessed DoD and VA collaborative efforts as well as related research studies and clinical trials. In Phase II, IOM gathered additional data from site visits at military treatment facilities (MTFs) and VA facilities and from literature reviews. Using these methods, IOM examined PTSD management systems and identified components to assist DoD and VA in closing gaps in care, improving delivery of care and increasing quality of care. In addition, several MTFs provided valuable insights into evidence-based treatments in areas of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, as well as complementary and alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, art therapy and biofeedback.

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

  • Define the role of scientific reviews in the treatment of PTSD

  • Examine current PTSD treatment guidelines

  • Identify recent scientific reviews of PTSD treatment

  • Incorporate new evidence into practice


Daniel Evatt, Ph.D.
Clinical Research Psychologist
Deployment Health Clinical Center
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

Bradley Belsher, Ph.D.
Clinical Research Psychologist
Deployment Health Clinical Center
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury


Vladimir Nacev, Ph.D., ABPP
Senior Program Manager
Deployment Health Clinical Center
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG).  You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Jan. 28, 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

Other Information

The George Washington University Cancer Institute is pleased to announce the release of its new Cancer Prevention Month and World Cancer Day Social Media Toolkit for February 2016 and World Cancer Day on February 4, 2016.

Is your organization looking for ways to promote cancer prevention and celebrate World Cancer Day but don't know where to start? The Cancer Prevention Month and World Cancer Day Social Media toolkit is designed to help public health professionals:

  • Understand the functions and benefits of social media

  • Establish a Cancer Prevention Month social media strategy

  • Manage social media accounts

  • Implement Facebook and Twitter best practices

  • Disseminate Cancer Prevention Month messaging

  • Evaluate social media efforts

In addition to these tips and sample messaging, the toolkit also includes social media resources and tools. Get your free toolkit today!

Your partner in cancer control,

The GW Cancer Institute
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