NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit October 24, 2016

From the CEO's Office

I had a wonderful day working with and learning from the CA AHEC Statewide Program last week during their day-long meeting on October 20th. It was a pleasure to see everyone from the Program Office, meet all the CA AHEC directors and talk with the invited guests from the California Primary Care Association and Stanford Medical School. It was a pleasure working with and getting to know Dr. Ivan Gomez, director of the CA AHEC Program Office. I look forward to working with him in the future. It was also wonderful to see and talk with Dr. John Blossom, PI of the AHEC Program​, during the meeting.

The meeting largely focused on the work the CA AHECs were doing in their communities and in alignment with their host organizations, in many cases, a local community health center. It was wonderful to learn how the CA AHECs are engaged in practice transformation and clinical support activities through an integrated practice with their host CHCs.

It was important that the CPCA was in attendance, which is a strong statewide partner of the CA AHEC Program. As you may recall, the CPCA sent letters on our behalf in advance of our "Day on the Hill" in June to all 55 CA congressional members advocating for a $40 million appropriation for the AHEC program in FY17. It was a pleasure to meet and talk with Dr. Witte, chief medical officer of the CPCA, and thank him and his staff in person for their work in supporting the AHEC Program.

It was a productive and invigorating day and many thanks to the CA AHEC Program for making it possible for me to travel to California and participate in their meeting.

Visit with the CA AHEC statewide program in SF and meeting with the CA Primary Care Association

AHEC Redesign Webinar Series: Next webinar October 26, 2016 2-3pm EST

Reminder: the 3rd and final AHEC redesign webinar will be on 10/26 and will focus on practice transformation. Drs. Newton (NC AHEC), Garr (SC AHEC) and Gould (CT AHEC) will present model programs that support practice transformation initiatives that may be replicated in underserved sites nationally. Be sure to register and join us on Wednesday 10/26/16 from 2-3pm EST.

National Training Center

ACIP approves 2-dose HPV vaccination schedule

At their meeting last week, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved a two-dose vaccination schedule for the HPV vaccine. As a result, the CDC now routinely recommends two doses of HPV vaccine for 11 or 12 year olds to prevent HPV cancers. This recommendation makes it easier for parents to protect their children by reducing the number of shots and trips to the doctor. Some of the specifics of the recommendation include:

  • The first HPV vaccine dose is routinely recommended at 11-12 years old. The second dose of the vaccine should be administered 6 to 12 months after the first dose.
  • Teens and young adults who start the series at ages 15 through 26 years will continue to need three doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancer-causing HPV infections.
  • Adolescents aged 9 through 14 years who have already received two doses of HPV vaccine less than 6 months apart, will require a third dose.
  • Three doses are recommended for people with weakened immune systems aged 9-26 years.

For the two-dose announcement and talking points, see the official announcement in the Preteen Vax News.

One week left to apply for HPV project funds in Year 3!

HPV project applications are being accepted through Oct. 31! Email for application materials or questions about the project.

October is Health Literacy Month!

In our last full week of health literacy month, challenge yourself or your team to reach out to new health literacy partners in your community. We know that health literacy is directly related to reading literacy, and there have been multiple calls for a stronger emphasis on adult basic education within public health and other funding circles (see this call to action from the Open Door Collective), but literacy organizations are not the only stakeholders out there. Each of the following groups also have a stake in better health literacy. In what ways could you be further partnering with other community based organizations, the general public, at risk groups, other educators like math, science and health teachers, researchers, business people, faith groups, news groups, senior citizens, hospitals and other health care providers?


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

Special Call for AHEC-Related Health Economists

Health economists with potential interest in contract work through NAO are invited to reach out to Rob Trachtenberg at as soon as possible. Anticipated service dates will be in 2017 and 2018 for assistance on the evaluation of a digital health obesity management research project; publication possibility exists.

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, November 8th 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 important 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

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