|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
DEPARTURE OF PAUL ROSSMANN
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.
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.
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
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 Rosario.email@example.com 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
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: https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/3034818686
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. firstname.lastname@example.org | 303.923.3734
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
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)
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: