NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit January 9, 2017

From the President's Office

Greetings Colleagues,
I hope that everyone is safe and warm and having a great week. I write with a couple of reminders as we are working on the recently released AHEC FOA.

Please mark your calendars for January 18, February 7 and February 22. I talked to AHEC staff late last week and was advised that these sessions will be a good opportunity to ask questions and receive technical assistance. They are also collecting questions in advance of the sessions. The NAO board is meeting and will be discussing how to best support our constituents. If you have ideas, please let us know. In the meantime, happy writing!

Jacqueline R. Wynn, MPH

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

Way to go Maine!

January as Cervical Health Awareness Month was the focus of the Maine AHEC Network's last electronic newsletter (see the screen shot above) distributed to 269 people which includes partner organizations, health professionals and health professions students. Not only was the piece eye-catching, it also contained oodles of information on HPV, the CDC HPV project and the upcoming vaccine hesitancy webinar. Job well done! Want to promote Cervical Cancer Awareness to your network? Here's a social media sample that you can use this week!
Twitter: Clinicans: You are the key to closing the door to #CervicalCancer. WATCH this video on the importance of #HPVvax
Facebook: Attention clinicians! CDC and partners, including the National AHEC Organization, recommend HPV vaccination of both girls and boys at ages 11 or 12 and suggest that clinicians strongly recommend HPV vaccination for preteens and teens who have not yet been fully vaccinated. Read more:

Vaccine Hesitancy webinar

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:

The Digital Divide and Patient Mistrust

According to a report on Black Book's national survey of 12,090 US adults in 2016, 57% report being skeptical of health information technologies such as patient portals, mobile apps, and electronic health records. The concern is that the benefits of such tools do not outweigh the personal privacy risks. Specific concerns are that prescription, mental health, and chronic disease information is being shared with retailers, employers, and governments without consent.

Expanding Information Access

The Culpeper County Library district in Culpeper, VA is utilizing a $5,700 mini-grant to provide enhanced information access in the form of on-loan internet connectivity. Twelve Verizon MiFi devices were purchased to loan to the public, with one-half of them being reserved for those with medical referrals from their health system. It's another fantastic way that libraries continue to benefit the health of our communities.

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.


Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Use: This Is Your Injured Brain on Drugs and Alcohol

1-2:30 p.m. (ET) Jan. 12, 2017

Addiction may significantly exacerbate traumatic brain injury (TBI), prevent full TBI recovery, and increase the risk for repeated TBI. Although addiction and TBI are often discussed separately, the high rate of comorbidity suggests the need to examine TBI and substance use disorders together. Presenters will explore the complexity and importance of substance use screening among TBI patients and highlight the specific TBI recovery concerns and complications associated with continued substance use for TBI patients.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the prevalence of comorbidity between substance use disorders and TBI.
  • Articulate specific factors that impact diagnosis and recovery when TBI and substance use disorders are comorbid.
  • Examine the roles of early detection, education and intervention for substance use disorders among TBI patients to improve prognoses for full TBI recovery.

Ezra J. Aune, MBA, ADCII, CCS
Regional Program Manager, West
Contract support to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)
Naval Medical Center San Diego
San Diego, California

Lars Hungerford, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Senior Clinical Research Director
Contract support to DVBIC
Naval Medical Center San Diego
San Diego, California

Angela Basham, MPH, CHES
Regional Education Coordinator
Contract support to DVBIC
Naval Medical Center San Diego
San Diego, California

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Jan. 12, 2017, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and TBI care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.

Sign up for the webinar at Please note, registration is required for each webinar, regardless if the participant has an existing PESG account. Upon completion of registration, you will receive a confirmation email with webinar event details.

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect to attend the webinar.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE webinar team at

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.

SIG Needs Your Help!

The SIG- Sharing Resources is looking for your help! NAO members who can help with the following requests are asked to connect with those listed below.

Request: What are the best ways to effectively transition to IPE for a one-person center that has primarily focused on pipeline? To help, connect with Natascha Robinson, South Central Montana AHEC Director, 406-457-8048,

Request: I'd like to connect with other centers who are working on training and deploying CHWs as a part of Practice Transformation. To help, connect with Jennifer Berkman, Deputy Director, Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center, 410-221-2600,

Request: My center needs mentoring in developing Professional Education programming. To help, connect with Shellene A Dougherty, Executive Director Oregon Pacific Area Health Education Center, 541-768-4847,

Request: We are completing a HRSA infrastructure grant and are wondering how to best transfer off of this. To help, connect with Katie Summerville, Assistant Director West Central Alabama AHEC, 205-614-6211,

Request: We have facilities that are asking for Behavioral Psych Aide training. Does anyone have good resources for training programs? To help, connect with Natascha Robinson, South Central Montana AHEC Director, 406-457-8048,

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 the above requests and more. 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:
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Contact Lin Browning, Central Colorado AHEC for more info. | 303.923.3734

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