|NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit
||February 6, 2017
From the President's Office
Good afternoon NAO Colleagues,
I trust that everyone is continuing their development and writing of the AHEC response
to HRSA. There is a Technical Assistance session scheduled tomorrow, February 7, 2017 2 pm
– 3 pm EST. Dial information for the session is 888-769-8919, Passcode: 2056136. AHECs are
encouraged to submit questions prior to the call at
BHWEVENTS@hrsa.gov. Also, please note that on Friday,
on behalf of the NAO Board, I sent to Aleshia Langhorne
Here's to a great week!
Area Health Education Centers Program
Application Due Date: March 29, 2017
Apply to this grant on the grants.gov website.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau
of Health Workforce (BHW) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Area
Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program. The AHEC Program develops and enhances education
and training networks within communities, academic institutions, and community-based
organizations. In turn, these networks support BHW's strategic priorities to increase
diversity and distribution among health professionals, enhance health care quality, and
improve health care delivery to rural and underserved areas and populations.
Entities eligible for the Infrastructure Development (ID) phase include
accredited schools of allopathic or osteopathic medicine, incorporated consortia of such
schools, or the parent institutions of such schools. With respect to states in which no AHEC
Program is in operation, an accredited school of nursing is eligible to apply.
Entities eligible for Point of Service Maintenance and Enhancement (POSME)
phase include entities that have previously received AHEC Program funding from HRSA for more
than 12 years.
Technical assistance calls related to the application process for the
AHEC Program will be held on February 7 and February 22, 2017. All calls will be recorded
and will be available for replay.
Technical Assistance Call #1
February 7, 2017
2:00-3:00 P.M. ET
Dial in: 1-888-769-8919
Instant Replay: 1-866-367-6867
Available until February 7, 2018
Technical Assistance Call #2
February 22, 2017
2:00-3:00 P.M. ET
Dial in: 1-800-369-1786
Instant Replay: 1-800-513-1167
Available until February 22, 2018
National Training Center
State HPV profile sheets released!
We were very pleased to release our updated HPV profile sheets. The front page contains
state-specific information and the back page contains an updated Tips sheet from CDC. We're
also working on a customizable back-page option where you can insert your logo and upcoming
program information. You can find all of the updated state profile sheets on our
HPV Project Resources webpage.
Louisiana brings partners to the table for HPV project
Southeast Louisiana AHEC really knows how to collaborate! In an initial meeting with the
Louisiana Department of Health last year, the AHEC shared information about the HPV project
and coordinated a statewide presentation using Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH, Director of the
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at CDC, as the speaker. A few months
later, they began the Louisiana Immunization Workgroup, bringing together representatives from
American Cancer Society, Louisiana chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Shots for
Tots, Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and numerous other agencies with an overall goal to improve
immunization rates in Louisiana. The group's first objective is to increase HPV vaccination
rates by 50 percent by 2018. As a result of forming this workgroup, connections are being made,
HPV education sessions are being planned and a letter will be sent to all primary care physicians
in the state to promote HPV vaccination. Great job, Southeast Louisiana AHEC!
Social media training for states
All of the state entities funded through our project are required to attend an upcoming
training "Social Media: Tips, Time Savers and Reporting" set for 2 p.m. ET, Thursday, Feb.
Dissemination is a key element in the HPV project and we want to utilize as many dissemination
platforms as we can so that others may become aware of our efforts as a collective group, as well
as allow you to promote your upcoming events to your networks! Tracking the number of people
impacted through dissemination via social media is fairly straightforward. In this webinar, you'll
learn how to increase your social media presence (specifically with Twitter and Facebook) and how
to report your dissemination on the reporting spreadsheet. There's also a new dissemination tracking
tool you can use to keep track of your reach!
Do you have children aged 11-12?
The HPV vaccine is recommended for boys and girls ages 11-12. Do you have children
this age? Find out how to talk to your kids about the HPV vaccine in this
from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy
Are you taking action?? Published in 2010, the National Action Plan to Improve
Health Literacy is a strategy document for organizations and individuals to use to
improve health literacy. The plan includes 7 goals and multiple action steps for
organizations, professionals, policymakers, communities, individuals, and families
to link in a multisector effort. The plan is based on two principles: (1) everyone
has the right to health information that helps them make informed decisions, and
(2) health services should be delivered in ways that are understandable and beneficial
to health, longevity, and quality of life. See which action steps are within your
reach by viewing
the document here.
Save the Date!
Friday, May 5, 2017, Greensboro, NC. 3rd
Annual Patient Education Summit: Hands-On Advancement Tools and Strategies. Sponsored by Greensboro AHEC, Southern
Regional AHEC and Cone Health.
Find other national health literacy events here.
Center Director Constituency Group Call
Wednesday, February 8
12 noon CST
Link to the room: http://nao-ntc.adobeconnect.com/cdcgroom/
Connect by phone: 513-386-0000 Passcode 183191#
We will be taking notes in the room and will have the attendee chat open for you to submit questions or comments
Topic: Community Health Workers
The discussion will be led by Gail Emrick, Executive Director, SEAHEC, Nogales, Arizona
She will be joined by Arizona's Community Health Worker Association President, Floribella Redondo
Please plan to join this discussion!
Health Careers Collaborative Opportunity for NAO Membership with the Association of American Medical Colleges
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
For a quarter of a century, the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
successfully empowered students underrepresented in the health professions, and provided the
proper resources and tools for students to successfully act upon their dreams in specific health
careers. In 2016, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) program expanded to include
students interested in ALL areas of health care, not just within the medical or dental profession,
to provide an interprofessional education focus.
Today, the Summer Health Professions Education Program (formerly SMDEP)
www.shpep.org sponsored by the AAMC, serves as the free, six-week
academic enrichment program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Eligible students include,
but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska
Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.
In our tradition of partnership, the NAO membership has been invited to partner with AAMC to share
resource information about the SHPEP opportunity links and program brochure in your service regions,
to better support and facilitate access to interested health career students who may benefit.
The AAMC encourages participants to apply and take the opportunity to join this FREE, summer
enrichment program that is filled with countless career development opportunities. For more information,
Learn more about the new educational opportunities provided by the Summer Health Professions Education
Program (SHPEP) and apply today at www.shpep.org.
Students are encouraged to apply early. Early application deadline was February 1, 2017
and regular applications must be received by March 1, 2017.
Harness the Power of AmeriCorps to Address Mental Health Challenges in Your Community
The Mental Health First Aid Corps is accepting applications from agencies
interested in hosting a full-time AmeriCorps member for the 2017 program year.
Application deadline - March 31, 2017
Notice of Acceptance – April 14, 2017
AmeriCorps Member Service Year Start Date – Sept/Oct 2017
Click here to complete our simplified host site application http://health360.org/mhfac_app.html
The Mental Health First Aid Corps is an innovative AmeriCorps Program that supports implementation
of MHFA in communities across the nation. AmeriCorps members, trained as MHFA instructors, are placed
at host sites focusing their service year implementing MHFA.
Since its inception, MHFA Corps AmeriCorps members have had tremendous impact at their host site
agencies. Click here for impact
Benefits of Hosting an AmeriCorps Member
An AmeriCorps member improves your organization's capacity to address mental health needs in your
community through service. A full-time AmeriCorps member serving 40 hours per week for 10 months at
your agency will:
- implement MHFA certification classes;
- build capacity to address community mental health care needs; and
- raise funds to support mental health focused service activities.
How Health360 Fits In
Health360 leads the MHFA Corps in partnership with the Corporation for National and
Community Service and the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Health360 handles all administrative requirements for your AmeriCorps member so you
can focus on building effective programs that improve people's lives.
Informational Conference Call
To learn more please join one of the following conference calls:
- Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern
- Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 11 to 12 p.m. Eastern
- Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern
Call in Number: 712-775-7031
Meeting ID: 468 634 766
Or, you can contact Tricia directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-758-1110 x11
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: