NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit March 14, 2016

From the CEO's Office

The Monday Update is perhaps the single most important way to regularly communicate with you; our NAO members. It's a great tool, in my opinion, for making sure that everyone is getting the same messages and information at the same time regarding important NAO updates. One of the issues that recently came to my attention was that ​those on the receiving end of the Monday Update (usually member Program and Center Directors) may not regularly share it with their colleagues at their Program Office or Center. While I don't know how widespread that is, it could mean that many member AHEC program staff, project coordinators, administrative staff and others may not be up to speed on ​all things NAO, like conferences, advocacy alerts, volunteer opportunities, etc. It's quite important that all AHECers ​have access to the weekly information. Please be sure to pass along the ​Monday Update to your staff and colleagues in your office, and, if one of the Centers in your state is not a member of NAO, please encourage them to become a dues paying member. Here's how they can join: ​ Thank you.

The other item I want to mention this week is regarding our 2016 NAO conference in Washington, D.C. this June. I've now had a chance to speak directly with each of our three keynote speakers to help them learn about NAO and the AHEC network, as well as help them frame their talking points, and I can't tell you how excited I am for us. We really are in for quite a treat and I hope you make every effort to join us at the conference.

Last week I had the great opportunity to speak for a few minutes with Dr. Damon Tweedy, who will be one of our keynote speakers, and who wrote ​Black Man in a White Coat, which examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. To learn more about Dr. Tweedy and his experiences, ​​take a listen to this interview on NPR's Fresh Air from September 2015:

Many thanks to Hannah Kelly, who works with us on the CDC HPV project, for connecting with me after hearing Dr. Tweedy on the radio last fall, saying we needed (!) to get him for our conference. Register soon! look forward to seeing many of you this June in Washington!

SAVE THE DATE: March 31st 3:00 Eastern Webinar: "Preparing AHECs for the Winds of Change"

As AHECs prepare for our next grant cycle, we need to be aware of discussions occurring at the federal level about workforce and Title VII programs. On Thursday, March 31st at 3:00 Eastern, with funding support from the NAO Board, a group of AHEC program directors and members of the NAO Public Policy Committee will share information gleaned from federal reports, advisory committees, site visits and recent grants to inform the network so we can all be better prepared for the future. We hope you'll be able to join us for this webinar. This dialogue will continue when we are together in D.C. in June at the NAO conference.​

***A registration link will be sent shortly; please stay tuned.

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg

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

The next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call will be Tuesday, March 15th from 12:30--1:00 pm EST. On our most recent call we primarily discussed AHEC funding, the next AHEC grant cycle and the NAO 2016 Washington, D.C conference this coming June. Please dial in for our next call at:1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#​. Join us and see where the conversation goes!​

NAO Special Interest Groups

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!​

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

Trending Now: Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement

Do you have experience or expertise in Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement (RCQI)? Are you willing to share this knowledge with others? The NAO Committee on Research and Evaluation (CORE) and National Training Center (NTC) teams are planning a working session on RCQI at the upcoming NAO conference since this may be a requirement in the next AHEC grant cycle with HRSA. If you are interested in co-presenting, or know someone who should be, please contact Jaime Vallejos, MD, MPH from MassAHEC at:

Good Reads!

NAO Member Profile Update Information

Attention NAO Members,

Now is the perfect time to take a moment and update your member profile for NAO to make sure we have the most current information not only about you, but about each center and program office.  To update your profile, please go to, log in using your member user id and password and update your profile. If you forgot your user id and password, simply click on the blue box that says "I forgot my User ID and Password", and follow the instructions. 

If you are AHEC staff and do not currently receive information from the NAO organization, and you are interested in doing so, please have your AHEC manager go to, click on the membership tab at the top and then click on member profile update, log in and update their profile and add your name and e-mail address. To search for the manager at your AHEC that can add login accounts,  click here. Once they have done this, you will receive your own user id and password which will allow login access to the members only section of the NAO website, receive our weekly Monday Update Newsletter, be able to register for any NAO conferences at the member rate and more. 

In the event that you or your AHEC manager have difficulty performing any of these functions noted above, or if you are having trouble logging in, please contact our Customer Care department at , or (414) 908-4953 x450.

Thank you for helping us out and updating this important information.

Best Regards,

NAO Membership Committee

National Training Center

Hosting a Successful Continuing Education Webinar
Do you want to incorporate webinars into your continuing education outreach but are not sure where to start? We have training to help you get started! Join us for "Hosting a Successful Continuing Education Webinar," at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 6. This training will introduce participants to the basics of planning and executing a live and/or recorded online event and how to acquire and manage continuing education credit for the event. Participants will learn how this format differs from face-to-face events and about the resources necessary for implementation. This webinar is open to all AHECs regardless of their participation in the HPV project. Register Now

Reverse site visit recap
The Leadership team for the HPV project recently returned from a reverse site visit in Atlanta at CDC. The visit included a full day of visioning activities and planning with the other grantees (American Cancer Society, Academic Pediatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of County and City Health Officials) and CDC officials. One of the highlights of the day included developing a statement about how your organization would be viewed at the end of the grant cycle. NAO's statement focused on the unique niche AHECs provide: "AHECs trained health professions in 85% of the counties in this country, with a focus on rural and underserved areas, who helped to improve immunizations rates for HPV." CDC is very excited to work with AHEC's on this project. We are making an impact and will continue to do so.

New HPV newsletter

Those AHECs involved in the HPV project – Regional Coordinators or State Entity staff – received the first of a regular HPV newsletter last week. The newsletter contains project news, resources and important information to not only keep you in the loop but give you some additional tools and resources to get the job done! Look for the electronic newsletter to hit your inbox twice a month.

National Health Literacy Authorities

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a longstanding institution famous for its initiatives on the triple aim, patient safety, and performance improvement. Because of those overarching goals, IHI also has a natural and vested interest in health literacy. Be part of the national conversation by joining IHI's health literacy listserv with over 1,400 colleagues and new discussions added daily. You can request listserv membership here: LISTSERV.IHAHEALTHLITERACY.ORG

The Institute of Healthcare Advancement (IHA) is a related and partnering institution with a primary interest in health literacy. The IHA's annual health literacy conference is coming up quickly, but there is still time to make your plans for Anaheim, California, May 4-6. Visit the website to learn more:

2016 Conference Information



Early Bird registration for the NAO 2016 Washington, DC Conference is now OPEN! This is the perfect time to take a moment and register for the upcoming conference so you can take advantage of the early bird registration discount. You can register individually by going to and clicking on the link for the conference found on the home page. To register, click on the registration tab and follow the instructions. If you wish to register a group of people, you can print the .pdf registration form also found on the registration tab, complete one for each person, and fax them to the NAO registration team at 414-768-8001. Remember, we must receive your fax by the end of business on Friday, May 13th in order to take advantage of the early bird discount.

  • New Directors Orientation: If you are a new Center or Program Director, don't forget to sign up for this exciting and informative training for all new directors. You must register in advance to be able to attend.
  • Monday Evening Welcome Reception: Enjoy a nice evening of networking with your fellow AHECers, and check out the poster session as well. You must register in advance to attend.
  • Tuesday Evening Dinner and Awards Banquet: Come join all attendees at a spectacular and fun Dinner and Awards Banquet. Network with other AHEC staff, and come support our award winners. We have some exciting, and absolutely fun entertainment for you. You must register in advance to attend.


Don't forget to make your hotel reservations at the


and secure the NAO special negotiated conference rate.

Hotel reservation deadline is June 6, 2016

You can make your hotel reservations on-line by selecting the Hotel tab on the conference web site. Please take a moment to read all of the important information included on that page. A link to make your hotel reservation is noted in this area of the conference website. Please note that the last day to book your reservation with the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel and get the NAO conference rate is by 5pm, Friday, June 6th. After this date, the rooms will be released back to the hotel and any reservations made after that date will be based upon availability and current room rates.

A SPECIAL ROOM RATE of $229/night - single/double has been reserved for NAO conference attendees. Please have your credit card available when making your reservation. The hotel will charge a (1) night’s deposit to your credit card in order to hold your reservation.

NOTE: All reservations must be made on or before the cutoff of June 6, 2016 to take advantage of the negotiated NAO Room rate. Any reservations made after the cutoff date shall be at the hotels current available rate.

Book early to ensure you get the group rate.

Please consider when making your plans for Washington, DC, to do your best to arrange to stay in the conference hotel. You will benefit as the conference events will all be at your doorstep, and you'll have lots of opportunities to network and meet up with new and old friends. And NAO will benefit; as you may know, NAO conference contracts are signed with hotels a couple of years in advance. These contracts include a specified number of "room nights" which we have to fill. If we fall short, we pay a significant amount of money in penalties. Given the current economy, our organization, like many others, is suffering short-falls. It is possible that NAO may not be able to afford to do annual conferences if we end up too far in the red, so please, do what you can to continue to support NAO by booking your room at the Renaissance Hotel.

See you in Washington, DC!

Mary Craig and Anna Wenders
Conference Co-chairs

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 date for the upcoming Countdown to the Capitol webinar:

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:

Deployment-related Co-occurring PTSD and Mild TBI in Service Members

Mar. 24, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Mild traumatic brain injury (mild TBI) or concussion has been identified as a hallmark injury of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. This review addresses the impact of mild TBI on the development, course and clinical management of PTSD. Research efforts take into consideration the potential differential impact of PTSD and mild TBI with or without persistent cognitive deficits. Findings have shown the impact of mild TBI on response to existing PTSD treatment interventions, and development and examination of potential treatment augmentation strategies.

Understanding the epidemiology, diagnostic evaluation and clinical management of common physical symptoms can benefit both physical and psychological health. The goal of this webinar is to share current research and treatment practices related to post-deployment PTSD symptoms, including those attributed to mild TBI.

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

  • Identify potential mechanisms underlying high rates of comorbidity of deployment-related PTSD and mild TBI.
  • Recognize challenges in differentiating the etiology of overlapping symptoms.
  • Apply treatment considerations when PTSD manifests in patients with a history of deployment-related mild TBI.

Jennifer J. Vasterling, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts

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) Mar. 24, 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

2016 Webinar Series
Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living
through Partnerships
and the
National Prevention Strategy
Presented by Region VIII Federal Partners
The Role of Community, Non-Profit and Faith-Based Organizations
Thursday, March 17, 2016
2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 ET)


Welcome and Adobe Connect Logistics
Speaker: Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Region VIII Maternal and Child Health Consultant


What IS the National Prevention Strategy and its Healthy Eating and Active Living Priorities
Speaker: Laurie Konsella, U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Acting Regional Health Administrator, Region VIII


Faith Community Nursing: Eat Healthy, Be Active! This presentation will provide an overview of Wyoming's Faith Community Nurse Program, a unique model of nurturing the body, mind, and spirit to help families and individuals eat healthy and be active.
Speaker: Shirley Harris, Wyoming Faith Community Nurse Outreach Leader


Healthy By Design: Collaborating with Community Partners to Address Active Living and Healthy Eating – Learn about this successful collaboration among diverse partners from community, faith-based and health care organizations. Initiatives such as the Gardener's Market and Active Living Every Day program are presented as examples of community collaboration to create a community that is healthy by design, where the healthy choice is the easy choice.
Speaker: April Ennis Keippel, Mission and Community Benefit Program Manager


The Food Trust: In this presentation, you will learn about how this national organization helps build healthier communities by ensuring communities have access to healthy, affordable foods. Various approaches to improving food access and community health will be discussed, including a spotlight on the small store program which is a common approach used in rural areas. Emphasis will also be placed on the role of funders and cross-sector partnerships.
Speaker: Karen Shore, Director of Consulting at The Food Trust


Questions & Answers and Additional Resources

Please contact: RegionVIIIFedPartners@HHS.GOV with any questions, to be added to our direct webinar series distribution list, or to request a written transcript of this event.
Continuing education credits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this activity are pending.

Embracing Asian Americans with Tobacco Cessation Support

Date: March 17, 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 12:30-1:30pm (Eastern Standard Time)
Keynote Speaker: Caroline Chen MPH, MLA, PhD (Asian Smokers' Quitline-University of California)
Professionals are invited to register by visiting our SelfMade Health Network (SMHN) website or clicking on this registration link at:
Twitter: #OpeningDoorsSelfMade

This webcast is also designed to provide healthcare, public health, social and human service, employee health, community professionals as well as other professionals with information about available resources. Professionals representing various sectors and organizations are invited to participate, including (but not limited to):

  • State and Local Government-Public Health Programs (e.g. Cancer, Tobacco Control Programs, Maternal & Child Health, etc.) and Office of Minority Health Programs
  • Healthcare provider practices, hospitals (including critical access hospitals), other types of health system organizations and associations
  • Non-profit organizations (NPOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) or associations
  • Rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and free health clinics
  • Nurse navigators, patient navigators and community health workers (CHWs) networks
  • Worksite health clinics with uninsured employees or lower/minimum wage employees
  • Homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, transient or transitional housing
  • Aging and other human service agencies (including Social Services)
  • Academic institutions including: Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, Community Health.

Due to the overwhelming volume of registrations from our previous webcasts, professionals are encouraged to register early. Please feel free to share these webcast announcements with colleagues and partners.

National Public Health Week

Thank you for participating in the National Public Health Week Partnership webinar. If you missed the webinar or would like to share it with others, recordings are available online.

The NPHW website is now live!
The NPHW 2016 website contains many great resources, including: the eight facts for the week, downloadable logos and wallpaper, an infographic and more. The NPHW Toolkit can help you plan your events and rally to make the U.S. the healthiest nation by 2030. Become an NPHW partner and join Generation Public Health, APHA's movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation.

We encourage you to submit your NPHW events to allow your community, and communities throughout the nation, to see what you'll be doing for NPHW. Make sure to check out the map of events to see what's going on in your community!

Social media webinar for NPHW
APHA's social media team will be hosting a Google Hangout on March 9 at 2 P.M. EST. Our experts will discuss simple ways to get involved with NPHW through social media, including how to sign up for the annual NPHW Twitter chat and how we can help build a public health movement together. Visit the NPHW website to learn more and register.

Follow NPHW on Social Media!
For more information and up-to date announcements, follow @NPHW on Twitter and like APHA's Facebook page. Don't forget to RSVP for the NPHW Twitter Chat on April 6 at 2 P.M. EDT.

Questions? Suggestions?Email us.

Job Opportunities

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