NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit January 3, 2017

From the President's Office

Happy New Year Colleagues!

I hope that each of you enjoyed the holiday season and as we enter 2017, may the New Year bring you success, prosperity and happiness.

Last week we received the Area Health Education Centers Program, HRSA-17-071 Funding Opportunity Announcement, with a due date of March 29, 2017. Included in the announcement are dates for an AHEC Webinar, scheduled January 18, 2017 from 2 pm – 4 pm EST and two Technical Assistance calls on February 7, 2017 from 2 pm – 3 pm EST and February 22, 2017 from 2 pm – 3 pm EST. See the announcement here.

Other news, the NAO Leadership Transitions Team and Executive committees will meet this week and the NAO Board will be meeting next week; we will continue to work closely with our colleagues to assure that timely information is shared.

Onward and forward,

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

AHEC Webinar will be held on January 18, 2017

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.

AHEC Webinar
January 18, 2017
2:00-4:00 PM ET
Dial in: 1-800-369-1747
Passcode: 5696317
Link to Webinar:
Webinar Instant Replay: 1-888-296-6943
Passcode: 2485
Available until January 18, 2018

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

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month!

Happy New Year and welcome to January! Did you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month? Help spread the word with social media. Here's an example of what you can post on social media this week to help the cause:
Twitter: #DYK January is #CervicalCancerAwareness Month! Prevent #cancer with #HPV vaccine and #screening. #2shots2stopCancer
Facebook: Did you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month? Prevent cancer with the HPV vaccine and screening.

Speaking of social media…

Twitter conversations regarding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine — which protects against sexually transmitted infections — tend to be positive, researchers say. Read more via U.S. News & World Report.

Vaccine Hesitancy webinar

Get the New Year off to a great start by offering an extraordinary training program! We are very pleased to offer our next webinar aimed at health professionals, "The Immunity Community: Evidence-Based Strategies for Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy," at 3 p.m. ET, Thursday, Jan. 26. Todd Faubion, PhD, and Mackenzie Melton, MPH, of the non-profit WithinReach, will share lessons learned in a three-year intervention that engaged parents to advocate in favor of immunizations in their communities and review strategies that have been shown, with statistical significance, to change immunization attitudes and beliefs. There is no continuing education credit associated with this presentation, however, attendees can request a certificate of attendance. Please promote this webinar to health professionals, medical office staff and health professions students in your networks. Those interested professionals may use this link to register:

International Health Literacy Association

The newly formed International Health Literacy Association (IHLA) is open for business! Visit the association website for your free membership, to join an active work group, or to learn more about its mission and vision for health literate societies.

Save the Date!

Friday, January 20, 2017, Orlando, FL. Florida Health Literacy Summit at Nemours Children's Hospital. A full day of workshops and lunch for $45.

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.

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4-5, 2017, Madison, WI. Health Literacy: A Critical Link in Patient Engagement. Sponsored by Wisconsin Health Literacy.

The Healthcare Informatics Health IT Summit Series could soon be coming to a location near you! The events provide healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare. The 2017 Summit Series will come to San Diego, Cleveland, San Jose, Chicago, Boston, Nashville, Denver, Philadelphia, St. Petersburg, Beverly Hills, and Dallas.

Other News

Center Director Constituency Group Call

Wednesday, January 11 – 12 noon to 1 pm CST
(Please note time change from announcement at Population Health Webinar)

Legislative Advocacy Update from Kristina Fjeld-Sparks, NAO Public Policy Committee Chair
Diversified Funding: Several center directors will open the discussion by sharing their funding experiences, but please be prepared to share your experience or ask questions.

Dial in number: 513-386-0000
Passcode 183191#

Open to all center directors

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
7044 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, WI 53154