NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit December 5th, 2017

From the CEO's Office

Jack Register, CEO, and Mindy Bateman, President Elect, NAO Board of Directors, met with our HRSA partners on November 15 during our recent trip to Washington DC. During this visit we met with many of the leadership from the Bureau of Health Workforce, which, as we know, is where the AHEC program resides. The Bureau leadership, as well as the program officers of the AHEC program, spent time with us celebrating our collaborative relationship.  It is their intent for the AHEC Scholars program to be the "branded" HRSA/AHEC program that recognizes the work we do nationally. 

NAO received a clear message that the innovation and creativity that is used by the AHEC programs and centers is welcomed as AHEC Scholars is implemented. It was clear in these dialogues that the HRSA leadership and the Bureau of Health Workforce share our desire to see AHEC centers and programs succeed in our mission to build capacity in the healthcare workforce in rural and underserved areas. This is evidenced by their commitment to open communication and participation in as many ways as possible between our organizations to share information and build the AHEC name.

Some specific topics discussed during this visit and a separate call that Paula Overfelt, NAO Board President, had with AHEC Project Officers Lieutenant Commander Lorener Brayboy and Kim Evans are that:

  • The first technical assistance webinar will be held on December 11 on the topic of practice transformation. They have other webinars planned and will be providing specific dates for us all to get on our calendars soon. In addition to Program Offices, Centers are encouraged to participate in these webinars. They are also interested in NAO submitting topics of specific interest to us. The appropriate way for our membership to do that is through the Board or through your specific Constituency Group leadership.
  • We are all interested in the metrics required for reporting. They have indicated that the IND-GEN tables will be brought back, but only for AHEC Scholars. They are working with their data specialists to have that information available to us as soon as possible. We'll also have opportunities to share successes during this program year that aren't clearly told through data.
  • One point of clarification regarding the annual 40 hours of community-based, experiential, or clinical training required for AHEC Scholars. The hours may be part of their required clinical training hours for their schools if it meets the requirements of a team and community based experience.

Through the visit and the phone conversation, it is very clear that our HRSA/BHW partners are there to work with us collaboratively as good partners through this planning year and the grant period.

In service,


National Training Center

Team spends time planning in Omaha

The HPV Leadership Team spent time in Omaha last week for a planning session for Year 4. We're excited and re-energized about our efforts to make our State Entities successful in training health professionals on the HPV vaccine, coming away with a number of new ideas and tasks to move forward. While in Omaha, we were able to tour the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center which opened in June as well as connect with the Nebraska AHEC Program. More information will be forthcoming on new ways we plan to collaborate as a team.

Environmental scan webinar scheduled

Does your HPV project need re-energized for Year 4? How would you like to connect with new partners? We have prepared an environmental scan document with key partners identified in each state. Find out how to use contacts from this list to reach your HPV project goals in our next project webinar: "HPV Project: Who is Out There and How Can We Work Together?," Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m. ET Register Now

Still want to apply?

Did you miss the deadline to apply to be a part of Year 4 of the HPV Project? If you're interesting in learning more about how you can get funding to be involved, please contact Trisha Schulz, HPV Project Manager, at

2018 Conference News

Call for Presentation Proposals

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the National AHEC Organization, the Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a concurrent session podium presentation during the upcoming for the 2018 NAO Biennial Conference scheduled for July 8-11, 2018, in Washington, DC.

The programming will focus on the 2018 conference theme,
AHEC on the Hill: Diversity, Distribution and Practice Transformation.

Proposal submissions should seek to align with the main conference goals:

  • Provide practical skills and information to implement or improve AHEC-sponsored programs
  • Enhance the professional development of AHEC directors, staff and board members
  • Enable participants to develop new approaches that advance the AHEC mission

Submission Timeline

  • Submission deadline January 9, 2018 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Notification on or before March 9, 2018
  • Acceptance Deadline March 16, 2018
  • Presentation slides due on or before June 1, 2018

There will be three submission categories for concurrent sessions:

  • Single Session Forums
  • Double Session Small Group Educational Activities
  • Poster Presentations

For more details and proposal submission guidelines, go to:

Vendor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Dear Centers and Program Offices

In an effort to have a STRONG show of vendors and exhibitors at the 2018 National AHEC Conference, we are asking each of you to submit names of companies and organizations you work with in your daily AHEC operations that we can approach as potential sponsors and exhibitors. Even local companies have the ability to market and sell to a larger audience, so we would love to know what who you work with!

For example, in Missouri, we all do dissection activities with our high school students, so and we mostly all use Carolina Biological for supplies and specimens. This is an online company we could reach out to see if they’re interested in having a booth to directly market to other centers around the nation with similar high school programs. And in Tampa Florida, they’ve used the same local print shop for years and years – we can ask the manager there if she’d sponsor the conference badges, lanyards, or other promotional items. (Don’t worry if a company you work with doesn’t seem like a “fit” -- the Conference Planning Committee can review your suggestions and make those determinations).

So please submit your ideas to Becky Schlevensky at or 414-908-4953 Ext. 111 right away. Include the company/organization names, brief descriptions of how you work with them, and the names/emails of any contacts you have. Becky will follow up with them directly or reach out to their marketing/sales departments.

NAO Committee Corner:
Membership Updates & Opportunities

Financial Success for 2017

For the last 5 to 6 years NAO has run a financial deficit. There were many factors that were identified by the Finance Committee that we were able to take to the board as suggested changes for the 2017 fiscal year. With board commitment, those changes were adopted. Hiring a part-time CEO instead of a full-time is just one example of the suggested changes.

Through the treasurer, the Finance Committee continues to support the board as it moves forward with its mission and goals. This active committee continues to advise the board on financial decisions and helps establish the annual budget and review the monthly financial reports.

The Finance Committee is happy to report that fiscal year 2017 ended with a budget surplus. The treasurer was also able to help the conference planning committee establish a budget for the 2018 conference.

One of the main responsibilities of the Finance Committee, and ultimately, the Board of Directors is to maintain financial accountability of NAO. Fiduciary duty requires Finance Committee and Board members to stay objective, unselfish, responsible, honest, trustworthy, and efficient and always act for the good of NAO. Finance Committee members’ basic fiduciary responsibilities include:

  • Review and approval of monthly financial reports
  • Budget approval
  • Review of audit report and year-end financial statements prepared by outside auditor

Contact information: NAO Treasurer, Cathy Whaley,

Other News

Center Directors

Center Director Constituency Group
All Center Directors

Please Join Us!

December 13, 2017
HPV Immunization Project Year 4
Core training topic: Behavioral Health Integration
1 p.m. EST
Passcode: 33402919

IPE Special Interest Group

Calling all AHEC Program Directors, Center Directors, and Staff who are interested in Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE). The IPE Special Interest Group (SIG) through the NAO is looking for interested individuals to be part of the IPE SIG as we embark on the adventure of IPE. This SIG is coming together once again to discuss, contemplate, and collaborate on best practices for IPE. With the new direction from HRSA, IPE will be a central part of what we do. What a better way to launch this new season of AHEC than to collectively support each other and share ideas. If you are new to IPE, have been participating in IPE for a while, or if you are an expert – we need you! We will be holding an IPE SIG conference call on Wednesday December 13th at 11 am PST/12 pm MST/1 pm CST/2 pm EST.

Call-in number: 712-770-4010 Passcode: 269487#

Interested members are asked to add your email to the distribution list on the SIG spreadsheet found here:

Call agenda will be emailed out the week before. Please plan to attend. Your input is needed to help make AHEC IPE a success! Contact Curt Stilp, IPE SIG leader, Program Director, Oregon AHEC for more info.


Job Opportunities

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