NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit June 13, 2016

From the CEO's Office

Only two weeks until the kick-off to our NAO 2016 Conference in Washington, D.C. The last two or three months seemed to have flown by and now the conference is nearly upon us. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you there and I'm sure you all are looking forward to seeing and connecting with your colleagues. If you still haven't registered please do so now! 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 easily upload your photo — which many of you are already doing. The system we're using is quite easy to use and will give you a great overview of all the sessions and all our presenters.

2016 Conference Information


Hotel Reservations – By Phone
To check availability, contact the hotel reservations center at 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.

Freshen Up: Practice your Communication!

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 will bring NAO Advocacy Packets – You will bring your voice!
Look for the NAO Advocacy Table! Where NAO has prepared legislative Hill Visit leave-behind material pocket folders, where you can pick-up the quantity you will need for your state's Congressional leaders.

NAO Conference Registration will be providing all attendees with a member packet in their conference giveaway NAO padfolio, in order to help support your Hill Visit needs. Materials included for member use will be a full schedule of times and locations that the Public Policy Committee and State Advocacy Leaders will be available to consult with you and provide your legislative materials at the NAO Advocacy Table throughout the conference. Also, a Congressional Tip Sheet and Visit Feedback Form, along with Capitol Hill Accessibility Information with Senate & House offices maps, as full resources to support your efforts.

Each NAO Advocacy Packet for legislatorswill include an NAO "Ask" Data One-Pager and National Annual Data Highlights. There will be room in the packets for your business card, your State Data One-Pager for you to insert (see webinar 2 and tools on the NAO Countdown to the Capitol! web page), and any state or local information you would like to share with your elected officials.

If you haven't started to practice your message and your stories, it's not too late to start!
You will likely have 15 minutes to meet with your legislative office, so organizing your thoughts now, while practicing your elevator message and key talking points, can be vital to ensuring that you are able to say what you really want to communicate and maximize exposure to leverage your state's needs. 

Kick-off our day with us on Wed., June 29, for the Celebration Rally at the Capitol Steps!
This is a great way that NAO will be ensuring that we are seen and heard!
We are asking everyone to please wear their blue NAO button-up provided shirt to the Rally and Capitol Hill visits. The effect of hundreds of light blue shirts with the NAO logo flooding the Upper Senate lawn Rally, and scattered throughout this halls and offices of the House and Senate buildings, is designed to showcase the enormous impact of AHECs across the nation. We want everyone to know that AHEC is strong and thriving with many, many wonderful individuals carrying out the mission every day.
The Rally will include a group photo to be used for future promotion and communications. The press will be in attendance to cover the event and report on the important work of AHEC. We encourage you pair your blue NAO button-up shirt with dark slacks or skirt, as you deem appropriate. If, for any reason you cannot wear your blue NAO shirt (e.g., if you find the fit of the shirt is not what was expected), please consider bringing a light blue or white professional shirt to wear.
The Rally will take place rain or shine, so please don't forget to pack an umbrella. Also, please remember to pack comfortable shoes. You will be walking more than you can imagine.

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

Year 3

The year 3 proposal to CDC has been submitted. New plans for year 3 include the possibility for a small number of special projects to improve immunization rates in selected states. More details as we approach fall.

Program Successes

As a result of training's conducted by participating AHEC's:

  • 92% were better able to describe the importance of the HPV vaccination for cancer prevention
  • 81% planned to implement at least one change in their practice to increase HPV vaccinations

Kudo's to the many states with newsletters and email messaging capabilities. Over 101,000 messages were sent via email messaging or newsletters to AHEC constituents!

Staying Healthy and Staying Healthy for Beginners

Staying Healthy and Staying Healthy for Beginners are award-winning health literacy publications from the Florida Literacy Coalition. These workbooks are written at basic and low-intermediate level ESOL levels for new learners' ease of use and are endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Together, the books have been downloaded more than 1 million times, and you can download them today too at no cost from the Florida Literacy Coalition's website:


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

Western Region Public Health Training Center/HRSA sponsored webinar-(AZ, CA, NV, HI, USAPI AHECS)

This is a new HRSA funded substance use consultation service.

Real-Time Clinician Consultation Services for Substance Use Management
Thursday, June 30, 2016, 5:00pm PST

Managing substance use within the context of providing comprehensive primary care is always challenging, especially in busy clinical settings. Because most patients have a wide range of complex medical and social needs, clinicians often require timely support in addressing the difficult issues of addiction, chronic pain, and behavioral health. The array of medication options, concerns regarding safe and effective treatments and a rapidly evolving regulatory environment add complexity to patient care. Consultation with experts can provide practical, every-day help for primary care clinicians.

This webinar aims to raise awareness about the Substance Use Warmline, a free and confidential consultation telephone service for primary care clinicians. Based at the HRSA-funded Clinician Consultation Center (CCC) at San Francisco General Hospital, this service provides real-time access to expert clinical consultation when the opportunities for intervention and patient education are greatest. Participants will learn about the Warmline and how real cases have been resolved by the CCC's multi-disciplinary team of expert physicians, clinical pharmacists, and nurses.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe the role of telephone-based consultation in managing patients with substance use disorders
  2. Identify specific clinical topics that can be addressed using telephone-based substance use consultation
  3. Recognize strengths of a multi-disciplinary approach to substance use consultation

HRSA, Office of Regional Operations, Region IX
CAPT Nidhi Jain, MD, MPH
Regional Medical Consultant

Clinician Consultation Center
Carolyn Chu, MD, Msc
Clinical Director

Clinician Consultation Center
James Gasper, PharmD, BCPP
Substance Use Specialist

Clinician Consultation Center
Scott Steiger, MD, FACP
Substance Use Specialist

Continuing Nursing Education Information: 1.5 Contact Hours
The University of Arizona Continuing Nursing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

For more information and registration instructions go to

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

MHFA Corps Seeks AmeriCorps Member Host Sites

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Corps is expanding! This is your opportunity to join this exciting program as an AmeriCorps member host site.

The MHFA Corps is an innovative AmeriCorps program that supports implementation of Youth MHFA in communities across the nation.

A MHFA Corps AmeriCorps member improves your organization's capacity to address mental health needs in your community through service. A full-time AmeriCorps member serving 40 hours per week for 10 months at your agency will 1) implement Youth MHFA certification classes; 2) build capacity to address community mental health care needs; and 3) raise funds to support mental health focused service activities.

Health360 leads the MHFA Corps in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Council for Behavioral Health. Health360 handles all administrative requirements for your AmeriCorps member so you can focus on building effective programs that improve people's lives.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 program year.
Follow this link to learn more and to complete the host site application.

Call in Number: 712-775-7031
Pass Code: 468 634 766
Join one of the following conference calls to learn more:
Monday, June 13, 2016 – 2 p.m. EST
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – 2 p.m. EST
Monday, June 20, 2016 – 10 a.m. EST
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – 10 a.m. EST

If you can't make one of the calls please contact Tricia directly for more information at: or 203-758-1110 x11

Please forward to partners who might be interested in this opportunity!

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.

To unsubscribe, please click here.

Email Contact: Robert M. Trachtenberg, MS

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