NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit November 28, 2016

From the CEO's Office

I hope you all had a restful and peaceful Thanksgiving Holiday break and are easing into the week. As you'll see below — and hopefully saw in last week's E-Blast — there's just a bit more information regarding the release of the FY2017 FOA. I will continue to monitor any changes in the AHEC FOA status this week and certainly will be in touch ​with our HRSA colleagues as necessary.


Late in the day on Friday, November 18, I spoke with ​senior HRSA leadership regarding the release of the FY2017 AHEC ​Funding Opportunity Announcement. As of ​CoB Friday 11/18/16, ​the AHEC FOA is still pending internal review and final clearance in HHS and will be delayed further​, although I was reassured that the FOA will be released as soon as possible. At this point I do not know how long the delay will be, though I am certain that the ​AHEC FOA will not be out ​this week nor ​likely next week. I ​do expect to hear from HRSA BHW staff once a new release date and deadline has been established. Additionally, the dates of the technical assistance sessions will likely change to November 30, 2016 and December 14, 2016, although these ​dates are ​still tentative and will be confirmed once final HHS clearance has been completed and the AHEC FOA has been released.​

This update is current as of 1​0am EST, 11/​21/16. Please let me know what questions you have, and as soon as I get any additional concrete information from HRSA BHW I will let you ​all know.


NAO and the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association (IPMA) have once again partnered on a national-scale project that seeks to utilize our AHEC Network. This time, the project seeks​ to use the AHEC Network to offer training to a wide spectrum of providers regarding venous thromboembolism (VTE) education. Please see ​the documents linked below for more information and how to apply. Please let me know what questions you have; I look forward to robust participation and am pleased by the initial response thus far.​ Nearly a dozen AHECs have signed on for the project.

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National Training Center

Thankful for HPV vaccine!

As we celebrated Thanksgiving last week, we are certainly thankful for the countless lives that have been saved due to the HPV vaccine. HPV vaccination is recommended for boys and girls at ages 11-12 to prevent the types of HPV infections that cause cervical, head and neck, anal and other genital cancers. From all of us at the National Training Center, THANK YOU for doing the important work of educating health professionals on this life-saving vaccine. For more inspiration, take a look at Frank Summers' survivor story.


  • Registration for the Florida Health Literacy Summit on January 20, 2017 in Orlando, FL is now open! The day-long event will be held at Nemours Children's Hospital and is $45. Find more information here.

  • 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

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. Due deadline is 12/12/16.


Using Telehealth to Deliver Diabetes Prevention Programs

A Webinar for Clinicians & Administrators Interested in Reaching People with Prediabetes in Rural and Frontier Areas

Presented by the Montana & Florida Diabetes Programs and HRSA's Office of Regional Operations

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

11:30-1:00 pm EST (10:30-12:00 CST) (9:30-11:00 MST) (8:30-10:00 PST)

Continuing Education Credits for Registered Dietitians are being arranged.

This webinar is free, but registration is required! Please register in advance here, and you will be sent a link to access the webinar.

Using Telehealth to Deliver Diabetes Prevention Programs
Presented by the following individuals:
Rachel Blacher, MPH, Division of Diabetes Translation, CDC
Dorota Carpenedo, MPH, Montana Diabetes Program, Helena, MT
Liane Vadheim, RDN, CDE, Holy Rosary Healthcare, Miles City, MT
Robert Parker, CVE, St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, MT
Joanna (Craver) DiBenedetto, BS, MNM, American Association of Diabetes Educators

This webinar is designed to help you explore how telehealth may help increase access to Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP) for your patients or for your partners and stakeholders that provide care to patients with prediabetes. To help implement DPP via telehealth, it is highly important to provide information about issues key to establishing and operating distance-based DPP. The webinar begins by emphasizing that using DPP to prevent diabetes makes sense in terms of both an individual's health and the economic costs of developing type 2 diabetes. The clinical efficacy of delivering DPP via telehealth will be presented. Key considerations necessary for distance-based DPP to be delivered successfully at the originating and remote sites will be identified, followed by an overview of the technological components needed to remotely link patients and providers. Lastly, an overview of Medicare's new DPP benefit will be provided.

After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate that the cost of preventing diabetes is typically much less than the cost of managing type 2 diabetes;
  • Describe what the academic literature says regarding the clinical efficacy of using telehealth to deliver DPP;
  • Review key considerations at the originating and remote telehealth sites to ensure successful DPP sessions;
  • Identify the basic technology and equipment needed to connect those providing DPP to their patients;
  • Name the key provisions of Medicare's new DPP benefit.

This webinar is for health professionals who are interested in expanding the availability of DPP programs in rural and frontier areas: diabetes educators, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurses, dietitians, social workers, and case managers, and administrators at the state and local levels or who operate in hospital and clinic systems.

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! 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.

To unsubscribe, please click here.

Email Contact: Robert M. Trachtenberg, MS

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