NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit April 3, 2017

From the President's Office

Happy Monday Everyone,

I hope that everyone is starting this week off well and somewhat relaxed. I am certain that many of us will spend at least a portion of this first week in April catching up and returning to our respective work routines. On that note, the Leadership Transitions Team (LTT) met via conference call last Friday (March 31st) to work in close collaboration with our Board consultant, Dr. Carolyn Mayo, to process applications for the NAO/CEO position. We also established timelines for the remaining parts of this search process which include 1) having the selected applicants (now called candidates for the position) respond in writing to several questions developed by the LTT which will be due towards the end of this week; and 2) candidates preparing for an audio/visual interview by LTT members which will take place in mid-April. Those candidates who successfully complete these first two steps will be invited for a on-site, in person interview when the Leadership Transition Team and others meet in Charlotte, NC on April 26-28, 2017.

Because we value your input for determining who will be our next NAO leader, you can contribute to the search process by submitting any questions you deem important to ask candidates, and/or expressing any concerns or general questions about the search process that you may have to Carolyn. She can be reached at She will be certain to share your comments with members of the LTT and respond back to you, if needed

Be assured that we will incorporate as many of your questions/issues in the next steps of our search process as we move forward in identifying our next CEO.


It is indeed unfortunate that I announce the resignation and departure of our dear friend, Paul Rossmann as NAO's primary Point of Contact with the Association Executives Group (AEG), our association management company. Paul's nine-year relationship with NAO leaves a significant void in our organization. His talents, knowledge, and willingness to serve on behalf of our organization have been greatly appreciated. From conference planning and logistics to fulfilling the everyday duties required on behalf of managing NAO, his expertise has helped our organization run smoothly through the years. For these reasons, he will be sorely missed. Paul is seeking out a new career venture. With his many talents and skill sets, I am certain he will be extremely successful in all of his future endeavors. Please join me in thanking Paul for his many years of service, and wish him all the best.

Be assured that your needs will continue to be met by AEG until a new permanent Point of Contact is found. In the interim, Ms. Samantha Danner will assist us with NAO business. A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate, Samantha holds a B.S. degree in Educational Studies and Youth Leadership with minors in Psychology and Community Engagement & Education. Samantha has experience in administrative and event planning management as well as trade show management. She also has non-profit experience. The AEG management team will provide support and oversight to assist Samantha during this time of transition.



National Training Center

Funding for special projects available

We are very pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for any NAO member! Check out this Request for Applications detailing the funding opportunity for HPV Special Projects. We are open to your creative ideas that fit in with the current HPV project and preference will be given to states with the lowest vaccination rates, projects that target special populations, involve expanded but relevant training topics or demonstrate new/emerging vaccination support models. See HPV Special Project examples to get the creative juices flowing! This opportunity is available for any NAO member including any current HPV State Entity.

Review the information and come with your questions and ideas to our special projects informational session set for 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 5. Register Now.

National webinar Thursday!

Did you know that HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer (cancers of the back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils) is now considered a clinically and epidemiologically distinct disease? Traditionally, oropharyngeal cancers were found in older smokers and drinkers. That's not the case anymore! HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer pose a challenge to clinicians, requiring a heightened suspicion for cancer in a patient population previously considered low risk. It is estimated that more than 12,000 new cases of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers are diagnosed in men and more than 3,000 in women each year in the United States, according to the CDC. Find out more about HPV oral cancers and what to look for in patients during our next webinar, "HPV Vaccination: A Pinch of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure," at 2 p.m. ET Thursday, April 6. Register Now. Credits include: 1 ACCME credit hours for physicians and physician assistants; 1 ANCC contact hours for nurses; and 1 CEU for dentist, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

Please join us in promoting the next webinar to medical professionals, dental professionals, health professions students and medical office staff in your region!

Findings and Future Directions: PCORI

A public webinar presented by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) on March 28, 2017 offered researchers, educators, and advocates findings from the Health Literacy Annual Research Conference (HARC). The presenter, Dr. Michael Paasche-Orlow, MD, MPH, noted the following areas for improvement and need in future health literacy research:

  • Surveys and tools validated for low literacy populations
  • Face to face data collection methods
  • Pilot testing
  • Including the input of low health literacy individuals
  • Emphasizing empowerment and education of adults as learners
  • Acknowledging the link between health literacy and health equity

Upcoming Events

Health Literacy Research Conference, October 8-11, Baltimore, MD. Abstract submissions being accepted now.


Patient-Centered Care: Reducing Risk & Improving Outcomes Through Health Literacy

Friday, April 21, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This webinar will call for health professionals' action on increasing health literacy. It will draw on research about the correlations between health literacy and health outcomes and demonstrate the systemic nature of the problem. Participants will then be introduced to the variety of approaches individual health care professionals can take to increase health literacy. Participants will also be exposed to the ways that health care organizations can address the problem and how addressing health literacy makes good business sense to a health care organization.

Register here, or contact Eriz Hughey at 616-771-9487 or email at for more information.

The NAO National Training Center:
Helping AHECs be Successful!

Have you heard about the NAO National Training Center (NAO-NTC) but weren't really sure what it is?

Have you participated in any national AHEC projects or wondered how to participate?

Could your AHEC center benefit from training to increase its organizational capacity to do more programming?

While some people solely equate the NAO-NTC with recent partnerships, like the CDC's current HPV grant, or the past Veteran's Mental Health initiative, this webinar will help explain that the scope of the NAO-NTC goes beyond management of grants and contracts. 

You can access the archived webinar at

Other News


Are you looking for resources to help your Center(s) move forward? Do you have resources other Centers can benefit from? The Sharing Resources Special Interest Group (SIG) will be meeting 4/17/17, 11a PST/12p MST/1p CST/2p EST (note new time).

We will be discussing Professional Education. This group meets on 3rd Mondays, bi-monthly and we hope you will join us. We use a video-conferencing/tele-conferencing for our meetings.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap: 14157629988,3034818686# or 16465687788,3034818686#
Or Telephone: Dial: +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 303 481 8686

Interested members are asked to sign up here to be added to the group distribution list.

Contact Lin Browning, Central Colorado AHEC for more info. | 303.923.3734

Center Directors

Are you aware that nearly 100% of network volunteer leadership keeps our organization working through the NAO committees?

Join NAO Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs as they describe the roles that shape the mission of NAO through their standing operating committees.

Committee membership helps us develop our NAO network strength. Join us to learn more about our organization and meet our committed colleagues from across the country.

Please attend the NAO Committee Chairs Update!

Center Director Constituency Group Call – for all members!

Wednesday, April 12
12 noon CST (1 p.m. EST)
Passcode: 33402919

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: Paul Rossmann

National AHEC Organization
7044 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, WI 53154