|NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit
||October 31, 2016
From the CEO's Office
On October 1st, 2010, a "grand experiment" was launched by the NAO Board of Directors. That experiment,
originally proposed for a three-year time period, was to hire me as NAO's first Executive Director and
first NAO paid staff person, to, initially, help raise the visibility of NAO and to focus on advocacy and
policy issues, as well as manage the NAO-HRSA-CHSC (Collegiate Health Service Corps) Expansion Program. I
was honored to be NAO's Executive Director then and I've been honored even more so to be NAO's Chief
Executive Officer now. Well, more than six years after we started this experiment, the opportunities, the
work and our organization have grown exponentially. In my opinion, NAO and the AHEC Network have accomplished
such a great deal of great work and are ready to take off in an ever-increasingly meaningful and impactful
way. None of us could have predicted how successful we'd be back in 2010 and how far we'd reach. It is, however,
time for me to say "so-long" (never "good-bye"), as I transition to the next phase in
my professional journey.
I will be leaving NAO on December 16, 2016 to move with Catherine, our son Sam and daughter Carsen Cate
(and a soon to be adopted new dog) from our home in Barrington, Rhode Island to Portland, Oregon where I will
assume the Executive Director position of the Oregon Health and Sciences University Family Medicine Richmond
community health center on December 28, 2016. This is a significant transition though one I know we're ready for.
It is, of course, immensely bittersweet, as I've worked closely with so many of you in a variety of ways since
early 2001, first as a Center director at the Champlain Valley AHEC in St. Albans, Vermont, then as deputy
director for the Rhode Island AHEC Program Office at Brown University from 2004-2010, as NAO president from
2009-2010, and, of course, now in my current role. It's hard to believe that 16 years have passed so quickly!
Each year has presented great opportunities — and challenges that we've always met — that have helped
NAO and the AHEC Network to learn together, grow and expand its work in improving health in underserved communities
throughout the United States.
I wish I could call each of you to say "so-long" in person and to process the news, but for now, the
Monday Update will have to do until we get a chance to talk next. Please know that as ED/CEO over the past six years,
I have always tried to lead with integrity and to do what I thought best for our entire AHEC network — all
AHECs, regardless of staff size, location, size of budget. If there's been one overriding leadership principle that I
tried to stay true to it would be this, stated so eloquently by the Dalai Lama: "be kind whenever possible, and
it's always possible". I hope you all found this to be true.
I wish you all the very best and I'm certain our paths will cross again someday after I make my transition.
In the meantime I look forward to working with you all until December 16th.
With great admiration for you all,
Jake Frego, Executive Director receives Outstanding Rural Health Achievement Award
Since the establishment of the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC) in 1997, Jake has
served as Executive Director, leading this organization which recruits, trains and supports healthcare
professionals and serves the nine-county region of the Eastern Shore in this rural and medically
Jake's longevity at the ESAHEC has allowed him to provide leadership for the state AHEC program and
others who work to provide health care for rural Marylander's. Throughout his tenure and changes in
leadership in the state AHEC program, the regional AHEC centers, as well as other organizations such as
the Rural Maryland Council, Maryland Rural Health Association, MidShore Mental Health Association, and
other entities, he has been able to provide historical knowledge, organizational guidance, and sustained
partnerships that have allowed these programs to continue, grow, and thrive. His stability, vast experience,
and knowledge, as well as his heartfelt passion for equitable, accessible, and quality healthcare for all
are legacies that will follow him.
Please join us in congratulating Jake with his well deserved recognition!
National Training Center
Hello from Salt Lake City!
The HPV Project leadership team along with the Project Specialists will be heading
to Salt Lake City next week for some intensive meetings! Not only will there be
team-building activities and strategic planning for Year 3, we'll also spend some time
with the Utah AHEC and their HPV partners to learn more about the specific HPV strategies
that are using to increase vaccination in their state. A tour of the Huntsman Cancer
Institute (HCI) is also in the works. HCI is a National Cancer Institute-designated
cancer research facility and hospital at the University of Utah. We'll also be working
with the Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition which covers 10 states. We're making
solid connections and paving the way to new opportunities!
Today is the deadline!
Don't forget to get your applications in for Year 3 of the HPV Project! Today is the
deadline. If you're still interested in applying but won't be able to get your application
in on time, drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
October is Health Literacy Month!
On our last day of health literacy month go out with a shout for health literacy on twitter!
Following health literacy groups on twitter is a great way to stay in touch with health literacy
happenings throughout the year. Be sure to also search for #informationliteracy,
#healthinformationliteracy, #NLM, and #healthliteracymonth.
Health Information Literacy
NAO's national partners, the National Library of Medicine
(NLM) and the Center for Public Service Communications (CPSC),
fund NAO to work on health information projects. A related initiative developed between NLM and
CPSC is a Community Health Mapping project aimed at developing low-cost approaches to
mapping and data visualization for community based organizations. Their mapping blog contains two
and a half years of posts for everyday people who want to up their skills with low-cost technologies.
Find it all at cpsc.com.
Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living through Partnerships and the National
Prevention Strategy Presented by Region VIII Federal Partners
The Role of State, Local and Tribal Governments
Thursday, November 17, 2016
2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 ET)
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Speaker: Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Region VIII Maternal and Child
What IS the National Prevention Strategy and its Healthy Eating and Active Living Priorities
Speaker: Laurie Konsella, U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Acting Regional Health Administrator,
In honor of Veteran's Day: The Veterans Health Administration MOVE program – The VA's MOVE program
is the largest and most comprehensive weight management program associated with a medical care
system. We will review avenues of access for veterans interested in the program along with resources
you can provide. Speaker: Megan Brister, MS, RDN, VHA
Eastern Colorado Health Care system MOVE Coordinator
Healthy South Dakota - In this presentation, you will learn about key nutrition and physical activity
initiatives the SD Department of Health (DOH) Nutrition and Physical Activity Team is focusing on to
promote active and health lifestyles. You will also hear about specific strategies a key partner, Great
Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board (GPTCHB), is focusing on to promote health with American Indians
in the state. Speakers: Nikki Prosch, Health & Physical
Activity Specialist for SDSU Extension & the SD DOH and Nichole Cottier, Director of Health Promotion
Programs for the GPTCHB
Let's Move! Missoula –Raising a Healthier Next Generation - Discover a holistic approach and framework
which mobilizes community efforts and strategic planning to increase physical activity and quality nutrition
for all Missoulians. Let's Move! Missoula is a childhood obesity initiative comprised of a local health
department and public-private partnerships. Speaker: Lisa
Beczkiewicz, Senior Health Promotion Specialist at Missoula City County Health Department
Questions & Answers and Additional Resources
TO REGISTER, PLEASE GO TO:
Please contact: RegionVIIIFedPartners@HHS.GOV with any questions, to be added to our direct webinar series distribution list, or to request a written transcript of this event.
Continuing education credits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this activity are pending.
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
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.
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.
Please remember to check out the Employment section of the NAO website for current job listings.
Current Openings are for: