NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit October 3, 2016

From the CEO's Office

Plans are underway for the next webinar in our series to assist AHECs prepare for the release of the FOA for FY2017. The next webinar will be on October 26th and will likely focus on population health. The registration link will be out shortly and I encourage you all to make plans to attend. 

For those of you who could not make the last webinar on September 20th, here is the recording:

AHEC FOA Forecast

If you haven't yet seen this, here is the most recent (as of 9/26/16) AHEC FOA forecast from I do not believe, as per HRSA, that there will be substantive changes to this forecast.

Details regarding this forecast (Version #3), all as per HRSA BHW staff: 

  • The estimated total AHEC program funding of $28,400,000 for FY2017 is consistent with past years' funding. The reason that there is a difference between the final Federal AHEC appropriation ($30.25 million) and what is expected to be provided for programmatic purposes is that some program funds go to support HRSA operating costs
  • Expected number of awards is indeed 55 (not 45 as was originally posted)
  • The estimated synopsis post date (release) is November 10, 2016, which is one week later than was initially expected though was held up by HRSA Grants Management for final review
  • The estimated application due date is February 2, 2017 (84 days) which could not be pushed back to due the scheduling of the peer review process (I was reminded that most HRSA programs have a 60-day writing period)
  • The length of award is still scheduled to be five years

If there are any other changes or additional versions of the forecast released we will share it via another E-Blast.

Population Health Infographic

Many thanks to Jake Frego, Executive Director of the Eastern Shores AHEC in Maryland for sharing this infographic and information sheet regarding population health and its definition. Please take a look. I'd recommend looking at some of the references at the end of the article for additional information regarding population health.

Documents and Resource Materials

Please find links to documents and resource materials that were graciously  provided by Elyse Perweiler, Director of the New Jersey AHEC Program, which may be useful in writing to the AHEC FOA


New Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) eBooks

Thanks to Elyse Perweiler for this resource as well. It may be useful for some of you.

Good Reads!

National Training Center

Thank you to outgoing Regional Coordinators

Last week, we said farewell to six of our outgoing Regional Coordinators as we shift gears and focus on key project areas heading into Year 3. We want to give another "Thank You" to those Regional Coordinators who helped us in Years 1 and 2: Michelle Richard (Berkshire AHEC-Massachusetts); Victor Rodriguez- Cruz (Gulfcoast North AHEC – Florida); Terra Birsen (Southeast Regional AHEC – Michigan); Julie Bazan (Mid-Rio Grande Border AHEC – Texas); Paula Overfelt (Northwest Missouri AHEC); and Marissa Starks-Banh (Greater Valley AHEC – Arizona). Their work to bring states together into a new model of delivering a national training program was challenging and the impact has positively impacted the NAO network. The ability to expand this national scale project and continue to be successful is due in part because of their contribution. Check out our HPV regional page and click on a region to learn more about our successes in the first two years of the HPV project.

Don't flirt with cancer!

Check out this video produced by the National Association of County and City Health Officials along with the Iowa Department of Public Health for the Dallas County Public Health Nursing Services that gives the warning, "Don't flirt with cancer!"

It's Health Literacy Month!

Even though we all know how important health literacy is for patient comprehension and health communication, you may not have done anything to prepare for health literacy month. That's okay, this post will help you out. Today, all you have to do to show your support for how important health literacy is, is dedicate your organizational and personal FaceBook status to health literacy; it will take less than 5 minutes. Here are some suggested links, below.

Health Literacy Out-Loud Pod Cast (Helen Osborn)

A National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy (DHHS)

10 Attributes of a Health Literate Organization (IOM Round Table)

Five Online Courses in Health Literacy (CDC)

NAO-American College of Rheumatology Lupus Initiative Update

The American College of Rheumatology's (ACR) Lupus Initiative (TLI) continues to successfully educate non-rheumatology healthcare professionals about lupus and health disparities. The ACR recently held a multi-session, small-group, cohort-style virtual education series for healthcare providers in Southwest Georgia and the Pacific Northwest, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health (OMH).

Especially instrumental in the development and execution of this provider education series and its accompanying community awareness campaign were the Southwest Georgia AHEC in Albany, GA and the Cascades East AHEC in Bend, OR. This series built on lupus fundamentals and included sessions on lab testing, medications, pregnancy and pediatric considerations, lupus flares, and health maintenance and preventive care. Twelve healthcare providers – advanced nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and MDs – engaged with the ACR in this series that emphasized the health disparate nature of lupus, especially as it pertains to African American and American Indian/Alaska Native populations in both series' sites. 100% of participants were pleased ("a lot" or "somewhat") with the pace, delivery, and content of the sessions, and 100% self-reported increased levels ("a lot" or "somewhat") of awareness, knowledge, and competence regarding lupus' signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Each session was recorded and will become enduring activities for continuing medical education (CME) credit available through TLI's website later this year. Both AHECs will be involved in further ACR efforts under renewed OMG funding for 2016-2017.


Unique Perspective for Women with Traumatic Brain Injury: Gender Differences and Coping Strategies

Oct. 13, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

The data regarding active-duty servicewomen who have sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI) suggest their experiences, aftereffects and outcomes differ from servicemen. This presentation will integrate current research and clinical expertise to advance health care provider awareness of TBI among women serving in the military. The speakers will present current evidence comparing female athletes and active-duty service members with a TBI history as well as data about servicewomen with and without symptoms from co-occurring conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and chronic pain. The presenters will also address the gaps in the present knowledge base concerning gender differences and TBI.

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

  • Describe three ways in which brain injuries in women (including concussion or mild TBI) are unique.
  • Articulate factors that may account for gender differences in TBI incidence, severity and recovery.
  • Apply best practices in the education of women who have sustained a TBI to facilitate recovery.

Dr. Odette Harris, MPH
Associate Chief of Staff, Rehabilitation
(Traumatic Brain Injury/Polytrauma, Spinal Cord Injury, Blind Rehabilitation Services and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
Palo Alto, California

Katherine Price Snedaker, L.C.S.W.
Executive Director and Founder
Pink Concussions
Norwalk, Connecticut

Felicia Johnson, PA-C
Neuroscience Clinician
Clinical Affairs Division
Contract support to 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) Oct. 13, 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

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

APTR/ODPHP SDOH Case Studies Request for Proposals

Deadline: October 25

APTR and the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)  announce the availability of small grants to develop problem-based case studies aimed at deepening health professions students' understanding of the significance of social determinants of health (SDOH) and how to incorporate information and insights about SDOH into their work.

Four awards of up to $6,000 each will be awarded to faculty or faculty teams to develop a case study with a learner assessment and facilitator guide.


  • Application Deadline: October 25, 2016
  • Anticipated Award Date: November 15, 2016
  • Completion Date: June 15, 2017

View the SDOH Case Studies RFP

Rural Immersion Institute of the North July 12 – August 2, 2017

Applications for RIIN 2017 are Now Open!

The Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program requests your assistance in sharing an exciting interdisciplinary opportunity with your students. The Rural Immersion Institute of the North (RIIN) program is designed to expose pre-professional health majors to a rural and/or underserved healthcare experience. The program was developed over the course of three years and launched in June 2016.

Students will have a one-of-a-kind experience traveling to some of the most remote communities in the United States in order to walk in the shoes of healthcare providers in the Last Frontier. Many students sign up for international experiences where they take part in high risk clinical scenarios in an attempt to enhance their resumes and skillsets. The RIIN program provides these same students with access to a safe yet culturally diverse healthcare landscape without leaving the country.

The AHEC program aims to strengthen the healthcare workforce in rural and underserved communities. RIIN provides students with early exposure to rural practice, offering the perfect backdrop to entice future practitioners to the neediest communities in our country.

More information is available through the Health Careers Exploration website. There is also a PDF brochure for download. Eligible RIIN applicants include undergraduate juniors and seniors, gap year students and professionals returning to graduate school including, but not limited to, the following areas of study:

  • Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Chiropractic
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Public Health
  • Healthcare Administration

Apply online at

Click here for a PDF Brochure

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg

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

Last week's call was very well attended, with nine AHECers on the call discussing the AHEC re-design and AHEC FY2017 FOA, the NAO webinar series and the FY2017 Congressional appropriations process. Join us on the next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call, which will be Tuesday, October 11th 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 we may have more information regarding the appropriations process. 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.

Job Opportunities

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

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National AHEC Organization
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