NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit October 10, 2016

From the CEO's Office

The next few weeks are going to be quite busy as AHECs throughout the country will be preparing and writing proposals for the next cycle of AHEC funding​. I'm looking forward to spending some time with our colleagues either in person or virtually over the coming weeks to help with strategic thinking and planning.

In terms of the AHEC redesign webinar series, planning continues for our next webinar, which will be on October 26th. The registration link for that webinar will be out soon. ​ The likely focus of the 10/26/16 webinar will be on practice transformation. Please be sure to ​keep you eye out for e-blasts with details.

For those of you who did not see 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

What is a Lame Duck?

With thanks to Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington, here's an interesting and brief video that describes what a "lame duck session" is as we enter the final stretch of this year's election cycle.

American Epilepsy Society

New NAO partner AES is offering a complimentary webinar on an evidence-based self-management program for PWE. If there is time please let your AHECs know about it. AES has applied for nursing CE and that approval is in progress, so in addition to CME credit for physicians the webinar will be certified for nursing CE.

Congratulations to Northeast Oregon AHEC on their 25 years of service to Oregon!

NEOAHEC Celebrates 25 Years

2016 has been a milestone and a year of celebration for Northeast Oregon AHEC, as it marks our organization's 25th anniversary. It has been an honor and a privilege to celebrate with other community partners, to reflect on the impact we've made over the years, and to begin to adapt and re-envision NEOAHEC's direction to ensure our continued success in coming decades. To commemorate this exciting time, we have created a VIDEO to help tell our story. Please enjoy and share!

National Training Center

Year 2 Health Literacy Initiative AHEC Awardees!

Congratulations to the following AHEC awardees in the year 2 NLM-CPSC-NAO Health Literacy Initiative:

  • Atlanta AHEC and the Southeast Primary Care Consortium, Daphne Byrd, Executive Director
  • Eastern Connecticut AHEC, Maritza Bond, Executive Director
  • Southeast Pennsylvania AHEC, Mara Lipschutz, Executive Director

Eastern Connecticut will continue its work from year one, developing stronger relationships with four Native American tribal youth groups, while Atlanta AHEC and SE Pennsylvania AHEC will both work with inner city youth, focusing on young men of color. Each awardee demonstrated strong community partnerships, current youth development experience, strong and specific social action project plans, staffing capacity, cohesive, well-written narratives, an over-arching understanding of the project outcome goals, and an ability to leverage work with this project into future community benefits in their areas. While the selection process was a difficult one, and there were multiple worthy applications to consider, NAO is enthusiastically looking forward to working with these three AHECs over the coming year. Congratulations!

It's Health Literacy Month!

October is health literacy month! Show your health literacy support this week by LIKING one or more health literacy focused Facebook pages, tweeting or re-tweeting health literacy focused initiatives, or simply encouraging your friends and loved ones to take specific health self-advocacy steps.


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

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, October 18th 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 big-ticket 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.

Job Opportunities

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

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Email Contact: Robert M. Trachtenberg, MS

National AHEC Organization
7044 S. 13th St.
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