NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit February 20, 2017

From the President's Office

Happy President's Day Colleagues,

I hope that everyone is enjoying this Monday! Lots is going on and I write quickly to remind everyone of the next HRSA TA Call, scheduled Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 2 pm EST. Call in information for the TA Session:

FY17 AHEC FOA Technical Assistance Call #2
February 22nd 2017
2:00-3:00 PM ET
Dial in number: 1-800-369-1786
Passcode: 8099577
Instant Replay: 1-800-513-1167
Passcode: 2487
Available until February 22nd 2018

Information on Previous recordings of TA Sessions:

FY17 AHEC FOA Webinar
(Recorded January 18, 2017)
Instant Replay: 1-888-296-6943
Passcode: 2485
Available until January 18th 2018

FY17 AHEC FOA Technical Assistance Call #1
February 7th 2017
2:00-3:00 PM ET
Dial in number: 1-888-769-8919
Passcode: 2056136
Instant Replay: 1-866-367-6867
Passcode: 2548
Available until February 7th 2018

Also, please note that HRSA has posted AHEC FOA FAQ's on the website.

Happy Writing!



National Training Center

Updated HPV Resource Guide now available

Last week we released our updated HPV Resource Guide full of background information, data and other HPV resources. You can find the updated guide on the HPV Resources webpage within the next week where you can download it or point individuals to it at any time. The HPV Resource Guide is a great tool to provide to existing or potential partners such as public health departments, Community Health Workers, immunization coalitions and others. It's also got great tidbits to pull out to fill newsletters or create social media posts.

Michigan partnership nets high training numbers

Nearly 2,000 health professionals, students and medical office staff have been trained as part of Michigan's efforts on the HPV project in the last five months! The Southeast Regional Michigan AHEC collaborated with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' (MDHHS) Division of Immunization for their fall immunization conferences in Marquette, Gaylord, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Flint, Kalamazoo, Dearborn and Troy. Southeast Regional AHEC also have partnered with MDHHS to assist the other regional AHEC offices in Michigan in finding HPV speakers using their Physician Peer Education Project. Through their partnerships with MDHHS and the Alliance for Immunization in Michigan (AIM), Southeast Regional AHEC was then connected with Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit and Dr. Shelly Seward. Dr. Seward volunteered her time to meet with graduate student groups at Wayne State University to present "You are the Key" and has also invited nursing students to shadow her on rotation. What a nice, unintended bonus to the clinical rotation side of AHEC! Keep up the good work, Michigan.

Next year doesn't cut it when it comes to HPV vaccination

This CDC poster intended for medical offices gives the message that HPV vaccination can't wait and promotes a doctor's strong recommendation. Check out the full poster.

Health Literacy Special Interest Group Update

We have a new date and time for the new year! If you would like to be involved in an AHEC focused, national discussion of health literacy programs and issues, join in for Fourth Friday conference calls:

When: Fourth Friday, March 3 @ 2pm EST
Call: 712-770-4010
Code: 665-323#

Save the Date!

June 8 – 11, The American Academy on Communication in Healthcare will host its annual ENRICH healthcare communication course. Activities are designed to enhance knowledge, skills and personal awareness needed to practice and teach relationship-centered communication. Participants choose individual and collective objectives in this learner-centered course.

Year 2 Funding Awards (Correction)

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
  • West Central Alabama AHEC (corrected from last week)
  • South West Georgia AHEC
  • Western Montana AHEC

Other News

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.

Current Openings are for:

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Email Contact: Paul Rossmann

National AHEC Organization
7044 S. 13th St.
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