|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
Instant Replay: 1-800-513-1167
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
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
Instant Replay: 1-866-367-6867
Available until February 7th 2018
Also, please note that HRSA has posted
AHEC FOA FAQ's on the website.
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
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
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
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
Save the Date!
June 8 – 11, The American Academy on Communication in Healthcare will host its annual
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
- 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
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: