NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit October 17, 2016

From the CEO's Office

I hope you all had a chance to see the latest version of the Workforce Connections - October 2016 - which came out last Wednesday October 12th. In it were references to two AHEC TA sessions. As of this writing (Thursday, October 13th) the registration links have not been distributed, though please make plans to attend both sessions. As you recall, there was blast that went out last Thursday October 13th to the membership with this information.​

  • November 16, 2:00-3:00pm – FY 2017 Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Application Cycle Webinar
  • December 7, 2:00-3:00pm – FY 2017 AHEC Application Cycle TA Call

Based upon some of my conversations with HRSA BHW staff, there may very well be a third TA session after the holidays. Should I get definitive information prior to any release from HRSA I will certainly share it here and via an E-blast.​

I'll be away Wednesday through Friday this week working with the California AHEC Program during their Statewide Program Advisory Meeting. I'll be discussing the AHEC redesign and the NAO webinar series to date. Additionally, I'll get a chance to meet some of the key CA AHEC partners, including those from the California Primary Care Association and medical students from Stanford University. Many thanks to Dr. John Blossom, Dr. Ivan Gomez, Brenda ​Mitchell and Andrea Porter from the CA AHEC Program Office for their kind invitation and for providing support for my trip.

A few other AHECs have also asked that I participate in their FY2017 FOA planning process, which I will be doing in the coming weeks thanks to their generosity. Should my schedule ​allow it, I would be happy to attend other meetings in person if helpful. I'd just ask ​that travel and lodging expenses be covered. Thanks so much, and I'm so pleased that the strategic planning for the FOA is well underway in many AHECs across the country.​​

AHEC Redesign Webinar Series

The next webinar in our series will be on October 26th; see the details and registration link in the Webinars section of this Monday Update!

New NAO Executive Committee for FY2017

I'm pleased to announce the new NAO executive committee for FY2017. Please join me in welcoming our team (some for the 2nd year!): 

President: Jacqueline Wynn: Deputy Director of the North Carolina AHEC Program
President Elect: Paula Overfelt: Executive Director, Northwest Missouri AHEC
Past-President: Marty Schaller: Executive Director, Northeastern Wisconsin AHEC
Treasurer: Mindy Bateman, Director, Crossroads UTAH AHEC ​
Secretary: Estela Perry, Program Manager, Orange County (CA) AHEC

I look forward to working closely with our talented and energetic executive team as we continue to make progress toward our NAO strategic objectives throughout the year.

National Training Center

Top Six Reasons Why You Should Be Involved In the NAO HPV Project

  1. It's easy! Materials have already been developed and are ready for you to use now!
  2. Connect with like-minded organizations in your state! The project is a great way to garner new partners and strengthen existing ones that could lead to future opportunities.
  3. The HPV project fits in as population health and practice transformation initiatives as identified in the HRSA Re-design process.
  4. Your AHEC will be recognized by national partners and the CDC as a valuable asset in a nationwide project.
  5. Extra funding. Participating AHECs will receive $9,500 this year!
  6. Saving lives! The HPV vaccine prevents cancer. And, really, is there anything better than that?

We are accepting applications through 10/31! Check out our Year 3 kickoff webinar, our Year 3 FAQs and our HPV project webpage for more information!

ACIP considering two-dose HPV schedule

Do you ever wonder how vaccine decisions are made at a national level? The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will be meeting Oct. 19-20 with the HPV vaccine session set for 11:10 a.m., Oct. 19. (Available via webcast. More info) At this session, the committee will be reviewing the evidence for a two-dose HPV vaccination schedule, proposing recommendations and voting on this issue.

The Underused HPV Vaccine

You'd think that when parents are told of a vaccine that could prevent future cancers in their children, they'd leap at the chance to protect them. Alas, that is hardly the case for a vaccine that prevents infections with cancer-causing human papillomavirus, or HPV. The vaccine, best given at age 11 to 12, is currently the most underutilized immunization available for children. Learn more in the New York Times' piece on "The Underused HPV Vaccine."

October is Health Literacy Month!

This week, see if you can challenge your organization or team to a new level of involvement with health literacy. Even if staff members have been involved with health literacy initiatives recently, there is always room for new growth. Here are two ideas you can add to the agenda for exploring health literacy within your next staff or committee meeting:

  • As a group, review the 10 Attributes of a Health Literate Health Care Organization from the Institute of Medicine. How do the attributes apply to the work your organization is charged to do? How can your organization support these attributes philosophically? How can your organization support other organizations working to improve their own health literacy?

  • Create a historical timeline of the health literacy work conducted within or by your organization. How has it changed over time? How can you incorporate more into programming you currently have? Celebrate your accomplishments and make them public.


Final Webinar to help AHECs prepare for the 2017 AHEC FOA: please make every effort to attend this important webinar:​

"AHECs' Potential Contributions to a Transforming Health Care System"
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 — 1:00 – 2:00 CDT/2:00 – 3:00 EDT

David Garr, MD: South Carolina AHEC
Warren Newton, MD: North Carolina AHEC
Bruce Gould, MD: Connecticut AHEC

The US healthcare system is rapidly transforming from a fee-for-service, illness based payment model to a value based payment, population health model.

This webinar will review healthcare systems transformation trends nationally. The 3 presenters will delineate the roles of their respective state AHEC systems in that transformation. This will be followed by ample time for comments, questions and brainstorming.

Registration link:

Post-deployment Gender Differences in PTSD, Unhealthy Drinking

October 27, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Female service members play an integral role in U.S. military history and current operations. Women filled approximately 10 percent of all positions among deployed forces in recent conflicts. Yet, there is limited research specific to women's combat experiences and post-deployment problems.

This presentation will introduce attendees to recent research that focused on female service members and post-deployment gender differences in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and unhealthy drinking. The speakers will discuss VA/DoD clinical practice guidelines and empirically supported treatments for PTSD and substance use disorders.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants can:

  • Discuss gender similarities and differences in combat exposure and post-deployment health problems
  • Identify military and combat-related experiences associated with PTSD
  • Demonstrate empirically supported treatments for PTSD and alcohol use for service members

Rachel Sayko Adams, Ph.D., M.P.H
Scientist, Institute for Behavioral Health
Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy
Waltham, Massachusetts

Mary Jo Larson, Ph.D., M.P.H
Senior Scientist, Institute for Behavioral Health
Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy
Waltham, Massachusetts

Nikki R. Wooten, Ph.D., L.I.S.W-CP
Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, College of Social Work
Columbia, South Carolina

Maj. Demietrice L. Pittman, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Deployment Health Clinical 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. 27, 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 traumatic brain injury 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, a confirmation email will be sent providing 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.

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 tomorrow, 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
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