|NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit
||September 6, 2016
From the CEO's Office
I hope you all enjoyed the Labor Day holiday weekend. I guess summer is officially over and we're now back
in to the swing of things and our regular fall routines. I'll be in Atlanta with the NAO HPV CDC team next week
as we attend and present at the CDC-sponsored National Immunization Conference. I'm looking forward to seeing our
NAO and partner organization colleagues during the pre-conference meetings and the conference session. For more
information about the NIC, please take a look at
HRSA AHEC Re-Design & FY2017 FOA
Thank you again to those who attended the first in a series of webinars to help AHECs prepare for the for
the the components of the HRSA AHEC FY2017 FOA. The PPT that I presented on Monday August 8th can be
There were many excellent comments and questions from participants on the webinar asking for more specificity
regarding the elements and requirements of the AHEC FOA. We have sent those questions to Dr. Padilla and his
team at the Bureau of Health Workforce and hope to have responses by the next webinar on September 20, 2016
at 1:30 EST. If we have the responses before then we will distribute. Registration information will be sent
out shortly for the 9/20/16 webinar.
For reference, if you haven't yet seen these, or wish to review them again, you can download the June 30,
2016 HRSA presentation slides here.
You can also download the NAO redesign proposal of May 6, 2016 to HRSA here
and a summary of our call on June 22, 2016 with HRSA to discuss their response here.
I am aware that a number of AHEC Programs are beginning their strategic planning for the upcoming AHEC FOA. I
am pleased that this is the case and I hope the linked documents have been useful in your planning. For Center and
Program directors: please share the documents widely with your teams, as I think it will be most valuable to ensure
that all AHEC staff are apprised of the key priorities and the future direction of the AHEC program.
National Training Center
Health Literacy and Pain Catastrophizing
New work at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa seeks to reduce low health literacy as it is a significant
predictor of patient pain, pain catastrophizing, and low pain-related self-efficacy. The theory is that individuals
who have lower levels of understanding medical information have not processed relevant disease-related information
and coping skills. These patients have higher levels of anxiety and fear related to their medical condition. The
University will further explore these related issues with 1.4 million in grant funds from PCORI, the national Patient
Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Health Literacy Special Interest Group
How does your center or program office include health literacy work in your projects or communities? Join
the NAO special interest group (SIG) on health literacy to share and grow as we learn from each other. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the group's email
list for future announcements and discussions.
Health Literacy Month
It's coming. October is Health Literacy Month. Let's raise awareness and the health
literacy competency of our collective communities by participating in a few simple activities together next month.
In October, each Monday Update will contain a suggestion or two for things that you and other staff can easily do
to participate in this National AHEC Organization initiative.
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.
Mark your calendars for the 2016 DCoE Summit Sept. 13-15
Join health care professionals and academics to exchange knowledge on the "State of the
Science: Advances, Current Diagnostics and Treatments of Psychological Health and Traumatic
Brain Injury in Military Health Care" at the 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological
Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit.
Presented live September 13 – 15 from the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia,
this three-day hybrid event will connect a limited-size physical audience with up to 1,500 other
attendees from around the world via a concurrent virtual component in real-time.
All attendees will have access to 28 hours of evidence-based treatment programing, plus
opportunities to join session discussions and Q&As with speakers; earn continuing education credits;
visit exhibitors; gain resources; share experiences through peer-to-peer learning; seek new and lasting
collaborations with potential partners; and much more!
Plenary sessions will be organized into two tracks - psychological health and traumatic brain injury.
Register today, and get additional information at
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2016 Webinar Series: Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living through Partnerships and the National Prevention Strategy Presented by Region VIII Federal Partners
The Role of Businesses and Employers
Thursday, September 15, 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 Health Consultant
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, Region VIII
Discovering your Wellbeing - Discover the five elements of wellbeing that shape your life and how your own
wellbeing determines how you show up in your life. Learn about the changing face of "worksite wellness" and
how to create a healthier environment at work so you can thrive.
Speaker: Erin Cummins, Program Manager Kaiser Permanente's
Healthy Workforce Program
Prevention is Good Business – When it comes to an employer's bottom line, health matters. A healthier workforce
creates ROI – higher productivity, reduced absenteeism and lower health costs. Live Well Sioux Falls is a
community health initiative working to implement policy, systems and environmental changes throughout the
community, including within worksites. Learn how this local coalition works with employers and other community
partners to demonstrate the return on investment for businesses to implement and support wellness.
Speakers: Mary Michaels, Public Health Prevention Coordinator,
and Stan Kogan, Health Promotion Specialist, with the Sioux Falls Public Health Department in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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.
NAO CORE Needs Your Data!
Data is key to demonstrating the impact of AHEC programming and it is essential that NAO leadership
continue to have current data to tell our story. We cannot tell you how beneficial it is for NAO to be
able to report current numbers which means every year, the data needs to be updated.
The good news is that our streamlined
NAO CORE data collection form and process make reporting easier than ever. There is only one form
and essentially all of the questions can be answered using data included in your federal report. Please
help us gather the total numbers for 2015-2016 by completing the NAO CORE Data Collection Form and
returning it to us no later than Friday, September 23, 2016. All data should be submitted to
Rachel Little, NAO CORE Annual Data Collection and Reporting Co-Chair, at
ralittle@UTMB.edu on or before September 23, 2016.
Your continued participation in CORE's data collection effort will provide us with the means to not
only produce updated annual legislative flyers, but help us determine trends and inform decision making.
We look forward to receiving your data! Thank You!
Questions? Contact Detra Brown, NAO CORE Annual Data Collection and Reporting Co-Chair, at
Center Directors – Nominations for the Center Director Constitutency Group Leadership Team are being taken
Deadline for submission is September 9. If you are interested, please send an email with a brief bio to Paula
Overfelt at email@example.com. If you know a
center director you would like to nominate, send that nomination to Paula also.
Tuesdays with Trachtenberg
A Tool for Connecting with Colleagues AND catching up on all things NAO
On last week's "Tuesday's with…" call we had an outstanding number of attendees and a robust
discussion of the HRSA Redesign and the coming FOA, as well as a discussion of some of the questions that arose
out of the August 8th webinar that were sent to HRSA. Again, we are awaiting an official HRSA response to a
number of the questions, which I anticipate receiving before the September 20th webinar. Please join us on the
next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call, which will be Tuesday, September 27th 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!
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. Please note that a Preceptor Tax
Legislation and a Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement (RCQI) group has been added (waiting on a dial-in #s). Please
be sure to take a look and join one of our SIGs.
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: