Tomorrow is the second webinar for the membership as we collectively work to address the future
of the AHEC Program. Please be sure to register if you haven't already (link below). I know this
will be a productive learning experience for participants. I'm looking forward to a strong turnout.
I'll be in Washington, D.C. later this week participating in the 2nd annual SelfMade Health Network
Leadership Council Meeting as a member and possibly squeezing in some Hill visits as well. The SelfMade
Health Network is a national network of dedicated professionals, organizations and communities seeking
to eliminate cancer and tobacco-related disparities among our nation's most vulnerable, underserved and
"high-risk" populations. As a cross-sector network of members, the network aims to educate,
empower and mobilize systems within communities nationwide for a healthier future. The SelfMade Health
Network is the newest member of the CDC's consortium of national networks, jointly funded by the CDC's
Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC), established to
advance prevention efforts related to tobacco-related and cancer health disparities among vulnerable
populations. The strategic focus areas are breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancer prevention,
screening, control and survivorship, tobacco use screening and cessation and tobacco-free environments.
HRSA AHEC Re-Design & FY2017 FOA
We're looking forward to a good discussion tomorrow related to best practices and model programs as they
relate to health workforce distribution. We will be able to provide answers to some of the questions posed
to Dr. Padilla and his team at the Bureau of Health Workforce, as we've heard back from HRSA BHW Division
of Health Careers and Financial Support staff.
Again, 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
You can also download the NAO redesign proposal of May 6, 2016 to HRSA
and a summary of our call on June 22, 2016 with HRSA to discuss their response
I continue to hear that 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 and the upcoming webinars will be useful in your
planning. In fact, I'll get a chance in the coming weeks to visit a few of the AHECs who already have strategic
planning meetings scheduled. I look forward to working and learning with our AHEC colleagues as they develop their
future programmatic plans.
For Center and Program directors: Again, 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. It's important that all AHECers are aware of how the AHEC Program will look starting in 2017.
The National Training Center staff are working on new program proposals for the network and need your input urgently.
What obesity management tools have you and your partners tried clinically or within the community? We
are interested to know what type of tools they are/were, what their limitations have been, and what you are looking at
using or what your needs are now. Please send your input to
firstname.lastname@example.org this week.
NAO featured at national immunization conference
Rob Trachtenberg, Gretchen Forsell, Trisha Schulz, Terry Zollinger and Cindy Lewis attended the National Immunization
Conference in Atlanta last week. Here's some highlights from a productive trip:
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at CDC,
name-dropped NAO as a brand new partner during the general session. Did we mention attendance
Gretchen presented on the project as part of a well-attended (140!) partnership session "Partners for HPV
Vaccine Uptake." Many connections were made following the presentation with immunization entities interested
in working with AHEC! We also provided 100 handouts about our CME self-study guide and AHEC's mission.
NAO's CDC Project Officer, Dr. Achal Bhatt, received the Carol Friedman Award at the National Immunization
Conference for her work in foster partnerships. During the award announcement, again at the general session,
there was a nice mention of her work with AHEC!
NAO's HPV project and mission were featured in a slide at the information booth.
We're looking forward to reaping the benefits of this added name exposure as potential partners in the immunization
world are starting to take note!
Year 3 kickoff
Can you believe we're nearing completion of Year 2 of the HPV project? We are gearing up for Year 3 and want you to
be a part of this important national project. Learn more about what we have planned at our kick-off webinar. Thursday,
Sept. 22, 3 p.m. ET Register Now.
For background and project successes, check out our HPV Project Webpage.
Year One Outputs and Outcomes
September finishes out the year one NLM-CPSC-NAO Health Information Literacy initiative with some
informative and interesting lessons learned about implementing Project SHARE for year two. Across the
five AHEC awardees 81 students completed the program of the 90 originally enrolled. An additional 214
students participated in parts of the Project SHARE curriculum via peer to peer presentations, summer
camp integrations, and summer internship program integrations. Here are some of the things Project
SHARE students had to say about the program and what they learned:
I downloaded the health apps and changed my settings on the CNN updates for health so that I know
when other tribes are dealing with health problems.
The interviews with the family members helped me speak to my uncle about why he has the messed up
leg. And then I learned that it is a bone degenerate thing in my family so I need to be careful. Now
I ask questions all the time.
The social determinants of health starts with where one is born and lives.
October is Health Literacy Month. Send in your health literacy events scheduled
during the month of October, and get them listed in the Monday Update newsletter. Send to:
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.
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
Rural Immersion Institute of the North July 12 – August 2, 2017
Applications for RIIN 2017 are Now Open!
The Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program requests your assistance in sharing
an exciting interdisciplinary opportunity with your students. The Rural Immersion Institute
of the North (RIIN) program is designed to expose pre-professional health majors to a rural
and/or underserved healthcare experience. The program was developed over the course of three years
and launched in June 2016.
Students will have a one-of-a-kind experience traveling to some of the most remote communities in
the United States in order to walk in the shoes of healthcare providers in the Last Frontier. Many
students sign up for international experiences where they take part in high risk clinical scenarios in
an attempt to enhance their resumes and skillsets. The RIIN program provides these same students with
access to a safe yet culturally diverse healthcare landscape without leaving the country.
The AHEC program aims to strengthen the healthcare workforce in rural and underserved communities.
RIIN provides students with early exposure to rural practice, offering the perfect backdrop to entice
future practitioners to the neediest communities in our country.
More information is available through the
Health Careers Exploration website.
There is also a PDF brochure
for download. Eligible RIIN applicants include undergraduate juniors and seniors, gap year students and
professionals returning to graduate school including, but not limited to, the following areas of study:
A Tool for Connecting with Colleagues AND catching up on all things NAO
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.