NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit June 20, 2016

From the CEO's Office

It is nearly conference time! Officially we kick off our 2016 NAO conference for all attendees exactly one week from today — Monday June 27th at 8:45 sharp with our first keynote speaker, Patti Dobrowolski! NAO board members, committee chairs and I will be arriving on Saturday, June 25th for the NAO board meeting on Sunday June 26th, as will many AHEC directors participating in the always enjoyable and highly educational New Directors Orientation, also on the 26th. I look forward to beginning our week-long adventure with so many of you!​

If by some chance you are interested in attending the conference and just haven't had the chance to register, do it now! This is a not-to-be missed NAO conference!

For those of you who have 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 of our presenters.​

Thank you to everyone who has helped think through and organize our conference, and a special, enormous thank you to our NAO conference co-chairs: Mary Craig and Anna Wenders! When you see them during the conference, please be sure to thank them in-person. Anna and Mary have done an enormous amount of work on your behalf to make what I know will be a tremendous conference experience for you. Please be sure to also thank Paul Rossmann and his staff from NAO HQ, as they have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to take care of every last detail. I don't know how Paul and his team do it, but they do it with aplomb!​ I can't wait to see so many of you in Washington, D.C. in just one week!

And a reminder: I will host an easy morning run every day at 5:30AM, so come join me to explore D.C. before the busyness of the day begins. We may go out a little earlier on Wednesday before the "Day on the Hill", though we'll coordinate that on Tuesday. I'd love it if we could get a big group up and running early!​

Public Policy Alert

If you haven't yet seen this, please be sure to read carefully:

The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill on Tuesday, June 7th that includes level funding for Area Health Education Centers at $30.25 million for Fiscal Year 2017. The bill then moved to the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, June 9th and also passed with level funding. This is good news for AHEC, as we have a solid starting point in the appropriations process. The House of Representatives Labor HHS Appropriations Subcommittee is expected to consider their appropriations bill as early as next week, with subsequent hearings in the full House Appropriations Committee to follow.

Although the funding in the Senate bill is requesting level funding ($30.25 m), the appropriations process has many more steps along the way that can change the outcome of this bill. With that in mind, our message from NAO while in Washington, D.C. will remain as we have discussed over the past 6 months and reflects in our one-pagers on the NAO website. The National AHEC Organization requests legislators to contact Appropriations Committee members from their Chamber (House or Senate, respectively) and Caucus (Republican or Democrat, respectively) to let them know that they believe the AHEC program should be funded at $40 million in the final funding vehicle for FY2017.

We hope everyone who attends the conference is planning to attend the AHEC: Charging the Hill session in the Grand Ballroom on Tuesday, June 28thfrom 3:30 – 5:00 PM. NAO's Washington, D.C. representatives, Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington will be providing up-to-the minute information on the appropriations process and will let us know exactly what our "ask" will be from NAO as we prepare for our visits on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 29th. They will also provide helpful tips for effectively sharing your AHEC story with your elected officials.

From your NAO Public Policy Co-Chairs,

Angela M. Boyer (Indiana AHEC Network)
Kristina Fjeld-Sparks (New Hampshire AHEC)

HRSA BHW "AHEC Redesign" Process

​As you know, a core NAO team met with HRSA BHW staff in Rockville, MD in early April to discuss a potential "redesign" of the AHEC Program, and a ​subsequent core writing team proposed, on May 9th, key components of what that redesign ought to look like as it relates to three key AHEC programmatic areas: Distribution of Health Professionals; Diversity of Health Professionals; and Practice Transformation​. On Wednesday of this week Jacqueline Wynn, Dr.​ David Garr, Gretchen Forsell and I (the team that met with HRSA BHW staff initially) will meet via phone with our HRSA colleagues to discuss the NAO ​proposal and to presumably receive feedback. ​We will share with you all the results of that feedback at the NAO 2016 Conference (which likely will be the source of much discussion at the separate and joint CDCG and PDCG meetings) as well as here for those of you who will not be in attendance. HRSA BHW staff will be attendance at the conference and will speak on Thursday June 30th at noon, giving attendees an opportunity to engage in dialogue with our HRSA colleagues.​ Be sure to make the HRSA session one that you do not miss, as it will be exceptionally important to the future of your AHEC.​

NAO and Haymarket Medical Education Partnership

We are running the survey again as survey results initially did not tally in Survey Monkey; apologies.

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 below and complete it by June 30, 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 30th:

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.

Check it Off: Is your Checklist Complete?

We hope you are well on your way toward getting ready for the planned Advocacy activities at the upcoming NAO Conference, AHEC on the Hill: A Capitol Idea!, June 27 – 30, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

We've developed a checklist to help you prepare. How are you doing?

  • □ I've visited the NAO Countdown to the Capitol! web page to find helpful information.
  • □ I've attended or viewed the Countdown to the Capitol! webinars.
  • □ I've been following the NAO Monday Updates and weekly Countdown to the Capitol! e-Blasts.
  • □ I know that NAO will provide Advocacy Packets with National level information.
  • □ My state has completed its State Data One-Pager and I have printed color copies to bring along.
  • □ I've prepared additional information from my AHEC and state to share with my elected officials.
  • □ I know who my NAO State Advocacy Leader.
  • □ I've scheduled visits with Representatives that my AHEC serves. []
  • □ I'm participating in schedule Senate visits from my state. []
  • □ I've shared my scheduled visits with NAO by completing the Scheduled Visits form.
  • □ I've practiced my talking points.
  • □ I plan to bring dark slacks or skirt to wear to the Rally and on Capitol Hill with the NAO white button down shirt that I will receive at registration.
  • □ I plan to bring comfortable shoes for my day on Capitol Hill and to pack an umbrella.
  • □ I plan to visit the NAO Advocacy Table at the conference to pick-up my NAO Advocacy Packets for my Hill visits.
  • □ I plan to attend the General Session, AHEC Charging the Hill – An Advocacy Training Workshop on Tuesday, May 28th from 3:30-5 PM Eastern Time.
  • □ I plan to attend the NAO Celebration Rally on Wednesday, June 29th. [Wear NAO white button up shirt and gather in hotel lobby 7-7:30 am to load bus to the Upper Senate Park lawn.]
  • □ I plan to share my Visit Feedback to NAO leadership.

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

Upcoming HPV programs

Southeast Pennsylvania AHEC, doing HPV work in Delaware, has worked with its HRSA Regional Office to so-sponsor an upcoming "You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention" as part of the Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Mid-Atlantic Training Collaborative for Health and Human Services' Hot Topics in Public Health webinar series. Anyone is welcome to attend the free CE event set for 12:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday, July 12. Check out this flier for more information on credit and to register. It's an exciting example of what an AHEC can do to expand existing partnerships for HPV education!

Also, in the works is a HPV vaccine safety webinar presented by CDC tentatively scheduled for early August. We're also working with our partners at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Pediatric Association to produce a video that will serve as enduring material. Look for more information to come soon!

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Congratulations to Maritza Bond and the excellent staff at Eastern Connecticut AHEC for their health information literacy abstract submission and approval to this year's American Public Health Association conference. You can hear Maritza discuss her tribal youth-based project there, in Denver this October, or at our own NAO conference next week! If you'll be in DC, please join Maritza, initiative national coordinator Rachel Chase, and expert youth facilitators from Boston AHEC next Monday morning in an exploration of this NAO initiative.


Obesity, Eating Behaviors, and Stigma among Service Members

June 23, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Despite the fact that a majority of Americans are overweight, individuals who are overweight or obese are frequent targets of stigma and prejudice in multiple domains, including employment, education, health care and portrayal in the media. The psychological consequences of weight stigma include low self-esteem, poor body image, depression, anxiety and suicidal behaviors. Maintaining weight standards across the Department of Defense (DoD) may be a challenge for service members who are overweight or obese and they may experience related stigma and bias.

This webinar will highlight DoD weight standards and explain the construct of weight stigma and its impact on active-duty service members. In addition, it will discuss the Fit4Duty study, which seeks to reduce excess weight gain in the military population, and recommendations for how to address the issue of obesity in health care settings.

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

  • Interpret the construct of weight stigma and the potentially adverse effect of weight stigma on the psychological functioning of active-duty service members with overweight and obesity.
  • Use new strategies to address excess weight among service members without shame or bias.
  • Recognize the presence of weight stigma within the military in order to more effectively address presenting medical, psychological and social issues.

Natasha A. Schvey, Ph.D.
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, Maryland

Vladimir Nacev, Ph.D., ABPP
Acting Chief, Implementation Division
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) June 23, 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.

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!

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