|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 10am 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.
NEW AHEC FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.