NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit February 27, 2017

National Training Center

Next national webinar – start promoting now!

"HPV Vaccination: A Pinch of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure" – a national webinar for dental professionals, medical professionals, health professions students and medical office staff – is set for 2 p.m. ET, Thursday, April 6. Speakers are Dr. Lori Racha, assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, and Dr. Damon Silverman, associate professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. HPV is one topic that both primary care and oral health professionals have in common. Dr. Racha is concerned that not enough pre-teens are getting the HPV vaccination while Dr. Silverman is seeing a growing number of life-threatening HPV diseases of the head and neck in his practice. Register Now

Please promote this continuing education offering to dental professionals, medical professionals, health professions students and medical office staff in your regions! Continuing education credits are pending for this event.

Social media wrap-up

Thanks to all of the AHECs who shared our Cervical Cancer Awareness messages last month.

Last week, we hosted a training call about how to harness the power of social media. While the training focused on using social media to promote HPV vaccination, all AHECs are welcome to view the recording and learn how to make social media an easy task! The information is very applicable to the core AHEC mission as well as other projects!

CT shares HPV resources

Shout out to our state entity in Connecticut – Southwest Connecticut AHEC – for sending out your updated HPV state profile sheet and the updated HPV resource guide to your partners and encouraging them to share it with their staff and partners. All it takes is a simple email message to promote HPV cancer prevention. Way to go! Interested in using and sharing these resources? Look for them on our project resources webpage.

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 24 (corrected) @ 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.

September 6 – 8, The Health Care Education Association Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, UT.

October 8 – 11, The International Conference on Communication in Healthcare & Health Literacy Annual Research Conference. Baltimore, MD.

SOWEGA-AHEC Supports ACR's 38-County Lupus Awareness Outreach in Southwest Georgia

In 2016, the Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center continued its partnership with the American College of Rheumatology's (ACR) The Lupus Initiative (TLI) to expand the ACR's lupus awareness work in Southwest Georgia through funding from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects people of color, especially women of color, more than any other demographic group. This effort aimed to increase people's understanding of lupus and connection to lupus resources. The ACR and SOWEGA-AHEC successfully surveyed more than 500 people about their level of lupus awareness, informing the intervention in which over 11,000 TLI materials were disseminated across 71 locations in the 38-county region, and traditional, print, and social media were engaged to increase awareness about lupus' signs, symptoms, and health disparate nature. Detailed final results from the intervention will be available on in March 2017.


Patient-Centered Care: Reducing Risk & Improving Outcomes Through Health Literacy

Friday, April 21, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This webinar will call for health professionals' action on increasing health literacy. It will draw on research about the correlations between health literacy and health outcomes and demonstrate the systemic nature of the problem. Participants will then be introduced to the variety of approaches individual health care professionals can take to increase health literacy. Participants will also be exposed to the ways that health care organizations can address the problem and how addressing health literacy makes good business sense to a health care organization.

Register here, or contact Eriz Hughey at 616-771-9487 or email at for more information.

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.

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