NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit May 31, 2016

From the CEO's Office

I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. As ​we do most Memorial Day weekends, we were in Vermont and this year we put together a family relay team for the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, which was great fun.​ It's always wonderful to get back to Vermont, which we still consider to be home.

​We are just a month out from the NAO 2016 Washington, D.C. conference, and ​the conference planning committee and subcommittees are furiously working at taking care of all the final preparations and details. There's a reason why we hold these large-scale conferences every other year, and it's because it's an enormous amount of work.​ Many, many thanks to the NAO 2016 Conference Planning Co-Chairs Mary Craig (Erie Niagara NY AHEC) and Anna Wenders (University of South Florida AHEC)​ for their leadership and the tremendous amount of work they and the committee members have done in planning what promises to be another outstanding national conference! I look forward to seeing you there!

With only a month to go, please be sure to register NOW if you haven't already:

Also, be sure to take a look at the ​conference agenda; I'm sure you'll find something that sparks your interest!

And, finally, as at previous NAO conferences, I'll be hosting a ​morning run from the hotel lobby every day at 5:30 AM. Come join me for an early morning run; it's a great way jump start your day and to see the city when it's a little quieter.​

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.

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.

Get Set: View Countdown to the Capitol Webinars and Schedule Hill Visits

Get Organized for Success with your NAO State Advocacy Leader!

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.

If you've missed any of the Countdown to the Capitol! webinars, it's not too late! We hope you'll take the time to view them on the NAO Countdown to the Capitol!webpage. Webinars 1-4 are all archived on the website, with a content reference listing, for your easy access and preparation use! This customized landing page provides our membership with resources for all your advocacy planning, including access to customized tools developed by the Public Policy Committee.

It's TIME to get organized for success with your NAO State Advocacy Leaders!  We hope you are starting to schedule visits with state elected officials. See these helpful links to find out more about your Congressional leaders: – Senate office information – House office information

Did you know that your state has an NAO State Advocacy Leader, who can assist you in coordinating your state's efforts? We encourage all states to make the most of their time in Washington, D.C. by coordinating their efforts to maximize impact. For example, coordinated Senate meetings with a robust representation from AHEC members can send a powerful message!

State Advocacy Leader contact information can be found here.

NAO will provide Hill Visit leave-behind packets and NAO member information packets to fully support your legislative meetings national updates. Please bring your State AHEC Data One-Pager you create with matching regional data, in which your Congressional leader will be interested in seeing for their respective constituency, along with and any additional local or state information that will help you tell your story.

The NAO CORE Committee has created an excellent, user-friendly tool to help you showcase how your state contributes to the National AHEC effort!

The State AHEC Data One-Pager Tools, include directions and templates for you to create a one-pager that matches the NAO Data One-Pager. You can view an informative session about how to use these resource templates on Webinar 2 (starting at about the 30 minute mark).

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!

Have you registered for the NAO conference and downloaded the agenda? 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.

Shared Goals

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) definition of literacy is "a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society." This sounds a lot like the goals and promise of improved health! If you haven't explored a partnership with your local literacy organizations, perhaps it's time to do so. The NAO Health Information Literacy Initiative is finding that the quality and strength of community partnerships are invaluable. Why not this one? It is possible that they already have health literacy programming or dreams with which they need help.


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


NAO is very excited to kick off a new initiative that you will have the chance to experience at the upcoming national conference, AHEC on the Hill: A Capitol Idea! This game-changing new system, HWapps, can connect national, state, regional, and local AHECs with each other, and directly with their community partners. The result is an accessible marketplace for information, programs, resources, guidance, and career development services for students, career-seekers, job-seekers, and professionals.

HWapps is designed by AHECs for AHECs. It provides a web-based system to support, enhance, and provide programs and services directly related to the AHEC mission. HWapps includes a social media component and will use a database infrastructure that collects, nests, tracks, and allows for meaningful workforce queries and reporting.


  • Guides students in their career pathways to include: finding and applying for community-based programs, planning and preparing for training, coordinating clinical placements, accessing support and resources, connecting with training institutions, employers, and mentors 
  • Allows professionals to post resumes, find jobs, and search continuing education and professional development opportunities
  • Provides a myriad of workforce tools to employers, including: learning management systems and solutions, compliance training, and specialized tools for customized initiatives, such as Medicaid reform initiatives

A key feature of HWapps is that it is designed to track users throughout their health career. Once registered into the system, the user will have access to sequential support throughout their development, and each access point will be captured in the system. This form of longitudinal tracking within a common infrastructure will allow for data access, analyses and reporting at local, state and national levels in real time.

Basic access to HWapps is available to AHECs at no cost.

For more information, please join us Tuesday, June 28th, at 2:00pm in Congressional Ballroom C for our workshop, "Digital Trends in Workforce Pathways: A Leading Role for AHECs".

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 would expect that a few 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.

Job Opportunities

Please remember to check out the Employment section of the NAO website for current job listings.

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