NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit June 6, 2016

From the CEO's Office

Today through Wednesday June 8th I'll be in Bethesda, Maryland, participating in the Community Health Mapping workshop sponsored by the Center for Public Service Communications (CPSC) and Health-Equity.Org, and their partner Bird's Eye View, together with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) with funding provided by RWJF.

​As I am beginning to learn, community-based and minority health organizations, health and environmental advocacy groups as well as public health agencies are in a better position to serve their populations when they are able to collect and maintain their own data, rather than — or at least in addition to — having to rely solely on national or state agencies, or majority-institution partners to provide data to them. That's the premise of the Community Health Maps initiative

The planned workshop will bring together federal/state/local government representatives, related associations, members of academia, community health professionals, community activists, information specialists, and information technologists from across the country to share and discuss new ideas and methodologies for empowering community organizations serving vulnerable or underserved populations with low cost, intuitive mapping technology. Certainly, there could be great utility for mapping tools for NAO and our network of AHECs. As I learn more I'll be sure to share details with you all.

It's hard to believe, but our conference kicks-off in only three weeks! After many months of planning and working through many details, the 2016 NAO conference is nearly here! I am extremely excited about ​the agenda we have planned as well as our rally and our "Day On The Hill"! If you are not yet registered, do it now! This is a not-to-be missed NAO conference!

If you have already registered, please go to where you can customize your schedule and upload your photo. This system we're using is easily navigable and will give you a great overview of the sessions and presenters.

NAO and Haymarket Medical Education Partnership

The National AHEC Organization is exploring a collaborative partnership with Haymarket Medical Education (an accredited provider of continuing medical education that designs educational activities for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners) to help advance NAO's National Training Center in addressing population health initiatives.

To help us better understand which provider health education-related areas to pursue, I am asking you to complete a short survey that will identify areas of common interest which will guide the pursuit of external funding to support population health initiatives utilizing our AHEC network. Please see the survey and complete it by June 10, 2016. Once responses are compiled and reviewed I'll be back in touch with results and an action plan going forward. I'm excited about this new partnership with Haymarket Medical Education (HME) and its potential to meet your needs and the needs of the clinicians with whom you work. Your survey responses will be helpful in framing which direction we'll go in working with HME. Please make every effort to complete the survey by June 10.

Good Reads! Only one this week — it's that good. Please take a look; I'd love to hear your thoughts:

2016 Conference Information


We have just been advised that the NAO room block at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel is now SOLD OUT for Wednesday night, June 29th. The hotel is expecting a near sold out situation for that day, however, they are providing NAO with 15 additional rooms for the night of the June 29th at a rate of $399 plus tax. Once those rooms are gone, the hotel will be totally sold out for just that night. If you have not yet made your reservations, I strongly recommend that you do so. If you have any troubles booking a room, please contact me (Paul Rossmann) at and I will try to assist you. Include the check in and check out dates along with the type of room (single or double) you are wanting.


Hotel Reservations – By Phone
To make a reservation by phone, call 800-393-2505 and identify yourself as attending the National AHEC 2016 Conference in order to get the special conference rate.

NOTE: Conference Registration does not include or guarantee your accommodation reservation at The Renaissance Downtown DC Hotel (the conference venue). Hotel reservations must be made separately.

Online Conference Registration Deadline


So that we can prepare our material for our upcoming conference, the last day to register on-line is Friday, June 10th. It is highly recommended that you register now. After June 10th, you may register on-site at the conference.

Share Your Scheduled Visits with NAO!

We are looking forward to seeing AHEC's full representation at the NAO Conference,  AHEC on the Hill: A Capitol Idea!, June 27-30, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

We hope you are having great success scheduling visits with your elected officials!
The NAO goal is to visit every elected official and to leave behind an AHEC legislative packet with each member of Congress.

NAO is asking members to share details about which offices you are scheduled for your Hill Visits after the Rally on Wednesday, June 29. Please complete the Scheduled Visits form. This information supports the work of the Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington. Our local representatives, and our NAO leadership.

A link to the Scheduled Visits form can also be found on the NAO Countdown to the Capitol! web page. If the link does not work, please copy and paste the following URL in your web browser:

Most helpful for your preparation is to contact your NAO State Advocacy Leader. They can provide key tips and they may be able to assist in coordinating effective Senate meetings for your state's entire delegation.

State Advocacy Leader contact information can be found here.

Don't forget to create your customized regional data to bring for your Hill Visit packets. Visit the NAO Countdown to the Capitol! webpage for the State Data One-Pager Tools, including directions and templates. View an informative session about how to use the advocacy tools on Webinar 2  (starting at about the 30 minute mark).

You can view helpful webinars on the Countdown to the Capitol! webpage. Webinar 3 focuses on scheduling visits. Find your elected officials at: – Senate office information – House office information

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

Angela M. Boyer (Indiana AHEC Network)

Kristina Fjeld-Sparks (New Hampshire AHEC)

Airport Transportation Information


SuperShuttle Welcomes 2016 NAO Conference Attendees!

To & From: IAD/DCA/BWI Airports
To: Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel
Discount Available From: June 24, 2016 - July 4, 2016

10% off one way and round trip on SuperShuttle/ExecuCar
Discounted rates to the hotel are $14.00 (DCA) per person

Book online at and enter your group discount code: 7DYT2 or by clicking

For more information, click the link below.


AHEC Lapel Pins

Share your pride! NAO will provide each conference attendee with a gold and silver plated AHEC Lapel Pin in their conference bags. We will also have extras available for purchase at the conference. These handsome 1" pins display your affiliation with AHEC, spark conversation, and raise the profile of our outstanding organization. Pins can be worn on the collar, shirt pocket or strap of a lanyard. Use them to recognize your board members, students and preceptors, or give them to your staff and community partners. (They also make nice leave-behinds following visits!)

A limited number of pins will be available to purchase at the conference registration desk. Cost is $2.00 each (Cash, check or credit card accepted).

National Training Center

Involve other AHECs in your state

Along with CDC, the NAO HPV Project leadership team is looking to see that State Entities make headway across their respective states. There are many ways for you to accomplish this. For example, North Carolina provided mini-grants to the other AHEC centers in the state to promote the You Are the Key self-study guide to their clinician networks. In one month, more than 100 people completed the study guide from North Carolina! They'll also be collaborating to provide live trainings. What a good example of working together to meet the needs of the entire state to improve immunization rates.

Year 3 proposal submitted

NAO's Year 3 proposal has been submitted to CDC with some minor changes planned for the upcoming project year. The key is to end Year 2 strong. Keep up the good work!


One of the simplest health literacy campaigns available comes from the National Patient Safety foundation and is called AskMe3®. It advocates that people come away from medical appointments knowing the answers to three basic questions. What is my main problem? What do I need to do? And Why do I need to do this? If you don't have time for any other health literacy planning or program materials, spending a one-hour session role-playing these questions is an easy add-on to existing programs. It could be especially good for program participants who are learning how to interact with authority figures and advocate for themselves. The AskMe3® webpage offers campaign posters and fliers as well as an actor demonstration video and implementation guide.


Brief Interventions for Alcohol Use: Particularly Effective for Hispanic Patients?

Mark your calendars for the 2016 DCoE Summit Sept. 13-15

Health care professionals and academics involved in all aspects of psychological health and traumatic brain injury care, education and research for the military population will take part in the 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit – State of the Science: Advances, Current Diagnostics and Treatments of Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in Military Health Care.

Live Broadcast from Defense Health Headquarters
Live programing from the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, will give virtual participants around the globe access in real-time to more than 26 hours of state-of-the-science programing each day, plus opportunities to join panel discussions and Q&As, and network with professionals. As a virtual participant, you are also eligible to earn continuing education credits! Continuing education credits will vary by profession.

Registration opens July 11, 2016

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Other News

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg

The next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call will be Tuesday June 14th from 12:30-1:00pm EST. Please dial in at 1-605-475-3220 Passcode: 245171# to get caught up on all things NAO and AHEC!​​ With less than two weeks before the conference this is your chance to get caught up on any final preparations!​

Special Interest Groups: Making Progress Every Day — Be sure to meet in-person in D.C.!

The SIGs continue to roll along! Please take a look at the spreadsheet and consider joining a SIG that aligns with your interest areas and your AHECs' strategic priorities.​

Remember once again: ​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.​

For those groups that are making good progress, please consider meeting at the NAO 2016 conference in DC. It will be a good way to connect in-person to keep the work alive!​ I know that some of you are already making plans to meet with your SIG. I look forward to hearing about the progress the groups are making.

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

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Email Contact: Robert M. Trachtenberg, MS

National AHEC Organization
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