NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit November 7, 2016

From the CEO's Office

Thank you all for your kind words last week regarding my transition; I was very touched by the sentiments. I will be ​with you all until December 16th and will be working with the executive committee and board of directors to ensure that a plan ​is developed to assure that programmatic activities, external partnerships, and projects in process continue as seamlessly as possible.

Last week during the NAO executive committee meeting we discussed leadership transition and ​a variety of recommendations going forward that will be brought to the NAO board this week during our meeting on Thursday.​ As the details get fleshed out over the coming weeks, we will share them with you here.

AHEC Redesign Webinar Series and AHEC FOA FY2017​:

A belated 'thank-you' to Drs. Newton (NC AHEC), Garr (SC AHEC) and Gould (CT AHEC) for their October 26, 2016 webinar that presented model programs that support practice transformation initiatives. We had an outstanding turnout for the webinar - with many excellent questions, and, if you happened to miss it, it will be up on the NAO website shortly for your viewing. I am certain that there will be additional national dialogue regarding practice transformation initiatives and the AHEC redesign​. Please stay tuned for future webinars or training sessions. Remember: all previous webinar resources and PPTs are available on the NAO website. As a reminder, though I am sure everyone is awaiting it, the AHEC FY2017 FOA should come out this week on 11/10/16​.

As it relates to preparing for the redesign and FOA, I had a wonderful time working remotely with the KY AHEC Program Office and Centers last Friday via Skype. We, of course, discussed the webinar series, the redesign and how the new components could and would be implemented over the coming years. ​It was a great experience participating in their state-wide strategic planning​ process.

Next week, I'll be in Denver, Colorado from Sunday to Tuesday working with the Colorado AHEC statewide program during their planning meeting to begin the process of writing to the FOA. ​Many thanks to the Colorado AHEC for the invitation and for supporting my travel.​

National Training Center

Salt Lake City success

The HPV Project leadership team along with the Project Specialists had successful meetings in Salt Lake City last week! Not only did we strategically plan but we also fine-tuned the project specialists' jobs to hit the ground running in Year 3! We also spent some time with the Utah AHEC and their HPV partners to learn more about the specific HPV strategies that are using to increase vaccination in their state, including the Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition! More information in the coming weeks will relay information about what we learned and unique partnership opportunities netted from this experience!

Adverse reactions to HPV vaccine rare

Did you know that out of nearly 90 million doses of HPV vaccine distributed in the United States from 2006-2016, only 7% of individuals reported a serious adverse reaction? Any medicine or vaccine can cause adverse events and it is difficult to determine whether or not the HPV vaccine caused a particular adverse event. The most frequently reported symptoms overall were: fainting, dizziness, headache, nausea, fever, and pain, redness and swelling in the arm where the shot was given, according to the CDC. The vaccine is recommended because the benefits – cancer prevention! – far outweigh the risks of potential side effects.


Save the Date: The Institute for Healthcare Advancement's annual conference on Health Literacy is scheduled for May 3-5 in Anaheim, CA.

Funding Available: NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities. Due: December 16.

Request for Feedback

Did you or your AHEC center/program office participate in health literacy month with health literacy activities? We are collecting activities and stories to summarize and share on the NAO Health Information Literacy web-page and future Monday updates. Please send information to You may qualify for a Health Literacy Hero certificate!


Advancement of Traumatic Brain Injury Research and Clinical Care in the Department of Defense

Nov. 16, 2016; 12-1:15 p.m. (ET)

Research and clinical care of active-duty service members and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are important components of the evolving field of TBI in the military. Although the topic of TBI received much attention due to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is clear that the impact of these injuries is wide-ranging and will persist for years to come. This presentation will highlight: the critical contributions of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) and how these centers effected changes in TBI care; how the military translates lessons learned to the civilian medical community; and how the military and civilian health care systems work together to address this urgent public health challenge. We will also address the long-term needs of patients, family members and caregivers affected by TBI.

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

  • Describe the changes in civilian and military perspectives about TBI over the past decade.
  • Identify the roles and contributions of DVBIC and NICoE in the evolution of TBI research and care.
  • Discuss the commonalities of civilian and military TBI research and clinical care and how recent military conflicts have influenced the field of TBI management.

Louis French, Psy.D.
Deputy Director for Operations
National Intrepid Center of Excellence
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda, Maryland

Scott Livingston, Ph.D., PT, ATC
Education Division Director
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury 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) Nov. 16, 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 TBI 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, you will receive a confirmation email with 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 usarmy.ncr.medcom-usamrmc­

Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living through Partnerships and the National Prevention Strategy Presented by Region VIII Federal Partners

The Role of State, Local and Tribal Governments
Thursday, November 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 Assistant Secretary for Health, Acting Regional Health Administrator, Region VIII


In honor of Veteran's Day: The Veterans Health Administration MOVE program – The VA's MOVE program is the largest and most comprehensive weight management program associated with a medical care system. We will review avenues of access for veterans interested in the program along with resources you can provide. Speaker: Megan Brister, MS, RDN, VHA Eastern Colorado Health Care system MOVE Coordinator


Healthy South Dakota - In this presentation, you will learn about key nutrition and physical activity initiatives the SD Department of Health (DOH) Nutrition and Physical Activity Team is focusing on to promote active and health lifestyles. You will also hear about specific strategies a key partner, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board (GPTCHB), is focusing on to promote health with American Indians in the state. Speakers: Nikki Prosch, Health & Physical Activity Specialist for SDSU Extension & the SD DOH and Nichole Cottier, Director of Health Promotion Programs for the GPTCHB


Let's Move! Missoula –Raising a Healthier Next Generation - Discover a holistic approach and framework which mobilizes community efforts and strategic planning to increase physical activity and quality nutrition for all Missoulians. Let's Move! Missoula is a childhood obesity initiative comprised of a local health department and public-private partnerships. Speaker: Lisa Beczkiewicz, Senior Health Promotion Specialist at Missoula City County Health Department


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.

2016 Joining Forces Wellness webinar schedule

Fall has arrived and the 2016 Joining Forces Wellness webinar schedule is ready to be announced. In collaboration with the White House Joining Forces staff and the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, we are pleased to offer the following webinars the week of Veterans Day:

All webinars are 12-1 p.m., ET

Monday, November 7

Joining Forces to Address Suicide in Military and Veterans

Tuesday, November 8

Caring for Caregivers

Wednesday, November 9

Pain Management – Nuances for the Military and Veteran Patient Population

Thursday, November 10

The Deployment Life Cycle of the Military Family: Implications for Health Care Providers

Friday, November 11
Veterans Day

What Veterans Want their Health Care Providers to Know and How Academic Medical Centers Can Contribute

Registration will open shortly, and we will be sure to share that information when it is ready. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for what promises to be a wonderful week of learning and feel free to share with others. Last year, we had over 1,000 providers and trainees participate in the webinar series, and it would be amazing if we could double participation.

As always, many thanks for your support of our military service members, veterans, and their families.

Other News

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg

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

Join us on the next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call, which will be Tuesday, November 8th 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! I am sure we'll continue discussing the AHEC 2017 redesign and FOA and other timely NAO items! Join us!

Special Interest Groups

Please keep the momentum going on the NAO SIGs — I know that they have been useful! Remember: anyone can add a SIG and work with AHEC colleagues from anywhere in the country. It may make sense to create more SIGs regarding AHEC redesign with a focus on practice transformation. If there is interest, we can supply a dial-in number and log-in for those interested in sharing information and resources.​

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

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