NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit February 13, 2017

From the President's Office

Happy Monday?

We hope that everyone had a chance to participate in the HRSA TA Session last week. At last Thursday’s NAO Board meeting, a suggestion was made to provide an opportunity for our NAO members in centers and program offices to communicate with and learn from each other as the response to the FOA is prepared. Thanks to Paula Overfelt, CDCG Chair and President Elect and Gretchen Forsell and the National Training Center for their quick response in the development of Adobe Connect “rooms” on relevant topics.

Watch for an eblast coming soon with links soon.

The NAO Board hopes you will take advantage of this opportunity to collaborate with each other.


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

The next Technical Assistance call, related to the application process for the AHEC Program, will be held on February 22, 2017. All calls will be recorded and will be available for replay.

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

Social media training for states this week!

All of the state entities funded through our project are required to attend (or send a representative to) 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! Email if you have a scheduling conflict.

Medical students and preceptors tackle HPV education in Colorado

Western Colorado AHEC certainly has found a great way to work with medical students and preceptors during rural rotations. They have had 19 students over the past 6 months assist with training providers on the importance of the HPV vaccine and works collaboratively to collect evaluations from the facility. Students work with preceptors in a variety of settings, such as clinics, hospitals, and public health centers to review, research, report and present on HPV to colleagues. Many students have utilized the You are the Key PowerPoint presentation to educate colleagues on the importance of a strong provider recommendation; and as a few return to their sites, they collaborate with their preceptors on the education of the updated ACIP 2-dose recommendation. What a great way to train students as well as professionals in rural settings! Great work, Western Colorado AHEC!

If you could prevent cancer, would you?

HPV is preventable and linked with more than 6 types of cancer. Check out this infographic from the American Society of Clinical Oncology that puts it into perspective.

Public Health 3.0

Public Health 3.0, launched in October 2016, describes an upgrade in public health practices that will emphasize cross-sectoral policy and systems-level actions that directly affect the social determinants of health and advance health equity. Public Health 3.0 will call on us to boldly expand public health to address all aspects of life that promote health and well-being such as education and literacy. These and other topics addressed in the Project SHARE (Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment) curriculum used in the NAO health information literacy initiative will be key to making lasting gains in public health across the nation. Read the Public Health 3.0 White Paper from the US Department of Health and Human Services for more about this national trend.

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.

Year 2 Funding Awards

Congratulations to the following AHEC centers and staff on their recent award for participation in the second year of funding from American College of Rheumatology for The Lupus Initiative. The primary goal of the initiative is to create and sustain open pathways between rural, underserved, diagnosing providers and rheumatology specialists. Education and awareness are important secondary goals and the platform for building the networking connections. Lupus is a devastating disease disproportionately affecting Black, Latino, and Native American females.

  • Eastern Connecticut AHEC
  • Lower Rio Grande AHEC
  • Mid Rio Grande AHEC
  • Permian Basin AHEC
  • South Central Alabama AHEC
  • South West Georgia AHEC
  • Western Montana AHEC

Other News

SIG Meeting

JOIN US! 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 2/20/17, 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

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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