NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit April 17, 2017

From the President's Office

REMEMBER—Call Your Legislators Week in Washington, DC the Week of April 24th through 28th!

As promised, we have identified a whole week for the AHECs to 'flood the Hill with calls'. You have five full days of advocacy for your AHEC, your partners, and students you work with to flood the Hill with calls, letters, emails, visits to Capitol Hill and other forms of communication with elected representatives. Additionally, if a portion of your funding is state-based, this is also a good time to think about how you can alert local and state-elected officials on ways the AHECs contribute to the delivery of patient care and services, and to the overall health and well-being of communities in your catchment area and state-wide.


Your message for these calls should focus on the FY 17 Appropriations. Specifically, urge members of Congress to fund the AHEC at $40 million in the FY 17 budget cycle.

As you well know — we are currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) — a temporary measure to keep the government 'open' while Congress continues to address the appropriations bills. This CR is set to expire on April 28, 2017. That is why it is so important for us to contact our U.S. Congressional Representatives prior to the 28th.

Following your calls and other forms of communication to Congress, please remember to share your successes during the week with us! We would love to hear how your calls and other communiques were received.

Update on Search Process for our Next NAO Chief Executive Officer

Hope everyone enjoyed a three-day weekend with family and friends in recognition of the Easter Holiday season.  Although last week was shortened by the Friday holiday, members of the Leadership Transition Team (LTT) conducted webinar interviews with viable candidates for the NAO Chief Executive Officer position. We also held a debriefing to discuss the candidates that were interviewed on this past Thursday (April 13th) where we reflected on each candidate's original application materials, his/her written responses to five questions posed by the LTT search committee and reactions to the webinar interviews. At this particular juncture, some of our candidates will move on to the next steps in the search process; others may be eliminated.

The next step in the process is the on-site, in person interview of candidates selected to move forward. These interviews will be held on April 27th in Charlotte, NC. Hopefully, one of the candidates will stand out in character, leadership and skills; and thus be selected as our new CEO!



National Training Center

Welcome Illinois!

Welcome to the HPV project, Southeast Illinois AHEC! They join the 42 other AHECs involved in our project to train health professionals on making a strong HPV vaccination recommendation. Under the direction of Beth Henry-Wilson, their first HPV event is already planned for next month, utilizing their partnership with nearby county health departments. We're excited to have you join!

Reviewing special project applications

Thanks to everyone who submitted a special projects application! We will be reviewing those this week and making our final decisions by April 24!

Targeted Approach for Older Adult Patient Portal Use

Research shows that regardless of comfort level with technology, all older adults would benefit from adoption interventions tailored to their needs. Although most older adults prefer a face-to-face interaction to get their information, they still have an interest in using patient portals as well. Task-based training is one example of an important, yet lacking, resource that can help increase adoption. Specific training builds confidence and understanding of when, why, and how to navigate portal features. Read more here.

New Health Literacy Journal

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) is pleased to announce the launching of a new peer-reviewed, open access journal: Health Literacy Research and Practice. Health Literacy Research and Practice is an interdisciplinary and international journal dedicated to promoting excellence in research and practice to advance the field of health literacy, promote health equity, and reduce health disparities.

Call for Papers:
Researchers and Practitioners may send manuscripts directly to the publisher, SLACK Incorporated at

Health Literacy Special Interest Group

Join our AHEC focused national discussion of health literacy programs and issues, every 4th Friday:

When: Fourth Friday, April 28 (next week), @ 2pm EST
Call: 712-770-4010
Code: 665-323#


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

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.

To unsubscribe, please click here.

Email Contact: Samantha Danner

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