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

From the CEO's Office

As you know, the Monday Update comes out on, well, Monday of each week though it is written, usually, on the Wednesday or Thursday before. As I write the Monday Update for November 14, it is Thursday November 10th, two days after our 2016 presidential election.

Now, the results of the election may be to your liking or not to your liking depending where you fall on the political spectrum — and we have AHECers all across that spectrum (that broad diversity is just one of the many things that I love about our national network) — but either way, a great deal of work will need to be done in the coming months — and years — to ensure that the AHEC Program remains viable, dynamic and engaged in health professions training with a continued strong focus on our now three areas of activity: 1) Distribution of the Health Professions Workforce; 2) Diversity of the Health Professions Workforce; and 3) Practice Transformation.

In the coming months and years our national advocacy work will need to be robust, comprehensive and continuous. I know our network is up to the challenge​; we've built a strong infrastructure with state advocacy leaders and outstanding public policy team leadership and that architecture will serve NAO and the AHEC Program well.​ I still believe in the famous Margaret Mead quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."


As you may have seen in last week's E-blast, the AHEC 2017 FOA has been delayed. Below please see the announcement in case you missed it:​

AHEC FOA was forecast to be released Thursday, November 10, 2016. As of that date the AHEC FOA is still pending final clearance in HHS and will be delayed. At this point I do not know how long the delay will be although I've been told that the due date/deadline will be extended for a corresponding amount of time. The FOA will not be out today or early this week. I expect to hear from HRSA BHW staff soon once a new release date and deadline has been established. Additionally, the dates of the HRSA BHW technical assistance sessions will likely change to November 30, 2016 and December 14, 2016, although these are tentative and will be confirmed once final HHS clearance has been completed and the FOA has been released. Stay tuned for additional information as it is received.

NE KY AHEC's paper "Priming the Physician Pipeline: A Regional AHEC's Use of In-state Medical School Data to Guide Its Health Careers Programming".

This paper was published in this month's special rural health-themed issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved; here's a description of that issue from the HRSA guest editors:

"The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU) are pleased to present this special themed issue entitled Forging New Frontiers: Translating theory to practical health solutions in rural communities as a supplement to the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. The goal of this issue is to highlight promising practices and evidence-based solutions to longstanding rural health care quality and delivery challenges. These solutions may be replicable in other rural communities, and may help to inform a broad audience of the remarkable innovation occurring in rural communities to address these challenges."

Link to the issue:

National Training Center

Carlen Williams, Joy Taylor, Hannah Kelly, Kelly Owens, Gretchen Forsell, Corryn Celmer, Trisha Schulz, Terry Zollinger and Mindy Bateman (Crossroads AHEC) outside of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Thank you Huntsman Cancer Institute!

A big "Thank You" is due to Deana Kepka at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition for hosting us while in Salt Lake City! Not only does the Huntsman Cancer Institute provide state of the art cancer treatment options but go a step further and treat the patient as a whole person. Their Wellness and Integrative Health Center focuses on the physical and emotional well-being of their patients by offering everything from exercise classes, yoga, art classes, massage therapy to meditation and cooking classes. Once you are a member, you are a member for life! And the view is certainly very therapeutic! It was exciting to hear about Ms. Kepka's ongoing research to address health disparities related to cancer risk for vulnerable populations. Her work with the Intermountain West HPV Coalition is a great example of a region pulling their resources and making a larger impact through collaboration. There is certainly strength in numbers! At the National Training Center, we're very proud to partner with them on the HPV project!

Spreading the word about the AHEC network

The HPV Project will be featured at the National Rural Health Association's annual conference next May! The session titled "Area Health Education Centers' Niche in Continuing Education" is set for Friday, May 12. This is an exciting opportunity to share all of the good work going on with the HPV project as well as promote the National AHEC Organization's ability to reach providers across the country with timely continuing education.

New self-study guide coming!

We're in the final stages of preparing a new CE/CME self-study guide on HPV vaccine safety! The self-study guide will be based on the live presentation by Julianne Gee, MPH, of the CDC, back in August. We're also planning on renewing the "You Are the Key" – with updated two-dose scheduling information – self-study guide. These two self-study guides will be great opportunities for health professionals to receive training on their own time without having to travel! We'll let you know when you can promote it to your professional networks.


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) invites public comment into their strategic planning process. The research community and users of NLM's information services and analysis tools are invited to comment on what they can imagine as the greatest achievements for biomedical informatics research or biomedical information access and use over the next 10 years. Input into the plan is anonymous and should be completed by January 8, 2017. See this webpage for more information.

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

Funding Available

NAO is pleased to release this funding opportunity announcement for NAO member AHECs to support a second year of the "American College of Rheumatology - National AHEC Organization Lupus Education Project" to engage the AHEC network in Federal FY2017. Funding will support a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 AHEC centers or programs in lupus education and networking events for MDs, DOs, ARNPs, and PAs.


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)


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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.

Other News

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg

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

Join us on the final "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call, which will be Tuesday, November 29th 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! Last week 12 AHECers and I had a great discussion about the election, the AHEC 2017 FOA​ and the FY2017 continuing resolution. 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