NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit June 27, 2016

From the CEO's Office

From the 2016 National AHEC Organization conference in Washington, D.C.

Greetings from the Downtown Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. and welcome to all NAO 2016 conference attendees who are with us. For those of you not here with us ​we miss you and hope you are well. Please be sure to follow along with conference proceedings via #AHEC2016​.

We kicked off our national conference just a short while ago after a productive NAO board meeting and a successful New Directors Orientation with over 60 new AHEC directors on Sunday, and now conference proceedings are in full swing. We have a busy, full week ahead and I'm looking forward to working with and learning from AHECers, NAO organizational partners and our HRSA colleagues. It seems like we've been planning this conference for nearly two years and ​we are now into it in high gear!

Please be sure to follow along on NAO social media ​to keep up with all the activities of the week, and for those in attendance, please be sure to upload your pictures, your impressions and your experiences of the conference: #AHEC2016​!

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

See you at the NAO Conference!

You're all invited to attend two sessions planned to share all things HPV! Make sure to circle these on your conference agenda:

  • Tuesday, June 28, 2 p.m., Using a National Approach to Improving Immunization Rates. Utilizing the National Training Center, NAO leverages its network as well as relationships with CDC grantees and AHEC partners to bolster a strong HPV vaccination recommendation and decrease missed opportunities to vaccinate. Understand more about the expanded opportunities and partnerships that AHECs are creating as they work to spread the message of cancer prevention.

  • Thursday, June 30, 9:30 a.m., NAO Business Meeting. Achal Bhatt, PhD, Public Health Analyst at CDC and our Project Officer, will provide remarks on the CDC's partnership with NAO to provide education to health professionals regarding the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Through this 5-year cooperative agreement, about 40 AHECs nationwide are providing this CE in their regions.

AHEC Redesign

How many ways does health literacy play into the AHEC redesign vision of the future? In at least two ways. If you haven't already realized it, health literacy is not a health topic like diabetes, obesity, or HIV/AIDS. Health literacy is a core health concept that is more similar to cultural competency/humility skills, and cuts across all public health issues! As we begin to think about how we can better diversify our pool of health professionals and how we can impact practice transformation work, think about health literacy. Health literacy, especially as taught in curricula like Project SHARE (Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment), enables individuals to envision alternate futures for themselves and can be the start of interest in a future health profession. Patient centered care is also highly dependent on the health literacy skills of providers and practice policies and routines. Working with providers to expand their abilities in equal and active participation with the patient can allow for self-empowering positive changes by the patient. Envision health literacy in your AHEC future!


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

Visit for more information. Bookmark and follow updates!

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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

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