NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit April 24, 2017

From the President's Office


Dear NAO Colleagues:

The week is now upon us for our AHECs to 'flood the Hill with calls'!

You have five whole days for your AHECs, your partners, and students with whom you work to flood the Hill with calls, letters, emails, visits to Capitol Hill and other ways to communicate with your elected representatives.


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. The CR is set to expire this Friday, April 28, 2017. That is why it is so important for us to contact our U.S. Congressional Representatives prior to the 28th.

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

And do remember to share your successes during the week with us! We want to hear how your calls and other communiques were received.

Additionally, please inform your state and local representatives also about the importance of AHECs to the health care access and the overall health and well-being of the urban and rural communities they represent and were elected to serve.

I am attaching more specifics about the strategies and language you can use with Legislators in the Call to Action posted here.


This week the NAO LTT Search Team and members of the NAO Board will hold on-site, in person interview of candidates selected to move forward in the search process. The interviews will take place on April 27th in Charlotte, NC. We will provide you with the outcome of this round of interviews in future Monday Updates or via special messages sent to the NAO membership.



National Training Center

Pro-vaccination social media graphics available

Looking to spice up your social media with some new pro-vaccination messages and sharp graphics? Check out these resources from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Remember that vaccines are core to population health. These messages fit right in to your AHEC work as you prepare for the next grant cycle!

Consider using immunizations in your health career programming plans

Do you need some new ideas for summer health career programming? Reach out if you need resources for summer activities with high school and college students interested in health careers. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Ever consider an education session or activity on immunizations and why they are important? Your local health department, immunization coalition, or even state Department of Health immunization division may be able to help you.
  • How do vaccines help prevent disease? Consider having a presentation on how vaccines work.
  • Tie immunizations into discussion that you have on preventative care.

New data released on the prevalence of HPV infection in U.S. adults

The CDC recently published its National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data brief titled Prevalence of Human Papillomavirus in U.S. Adults Aged 18–69 Years, 2011–2014. Here's some key data findings:

  • During 2013–14, prevalence of any genital HPV for adults was 45.2% in men and 39.9% in women.
  • During 2011–2014, prevalence of any oral human papillomavirus (HPV) for adults was 7.3%.
  • Prevalence of any and high-risk oral HPV was higher in men than women except for high-risk HPV among Asian adults.

What does this mean? There's still lots of work to do. The best way to prevent HPV infection is vaccination!

American Heart Association Urges Better Education for Patients

In a survey of 800 people at high risk for heart disease, the American Heart Association found that most had low awareness of their risk and what to do about their condition. Based on this, the association is calling on providers to improve patient education and health literacy. They recommend discussing risk factors with patients, using information teach back techniques and providing access to more information, such as patient data and patient portals.

Roundtable on Health Literacy Performance Measures Workshop

On May 4th, 2017, the Roundtable on Health Literacy from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly IOM) will host a one-day public workshop in Washington, DC. The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussion of the quality performance measures for integration of health literacy, cultural competence, and language access services in health care organizations. Register for the workshop and get more information 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. The publisher is accepting manuscripts now:

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, @ 2pm EST
Call: 712-770-4010
Code: 665-323#

Other News

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