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 Also, please note that on Friday, on behalf of the NAO Board, I sent to Aleshia Langhorne this letter.

Here's to a great week!


Area Health Education Centers Program

Application Due Date: March 29, 2017

Apply to this grant on the 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

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
Passcode: 2056136
Instant Replay: 1-866-367-6867
Passcode: 2548
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
Passcode: 8099577
Instant Replay: 1-800-513-1167
Passcode: 2487
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. 16. Register Now.

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 article 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.

Other News

Center Director Constituency Group Call

Wednesday, February 8
12 noon CST

Link to the room:
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) 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, click here.

Learn more about the new educational opportunities provided by the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) and apply today at

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

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 information

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:

  1. implement MHFA certification classes;
  2. build capacity to address community mental health care needs; and
  3. 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: 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.

Job Opportunities

Please remember to check out the Employment section of the NAO website for current job listings.

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National AHEC Organization
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