NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit January 16, 2017

From the President's Office

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Last Friday, we sent out an E-blast from the NAO Board with questions and concerns for the HRSA Webinar scheduled on Wednesday, January 18 at 2 pm EST. Today, we are reposting this information and reminding you that if you have questions or concerns, please submit them to:

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday!

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

Vax Hesitancy webinar Jan. 26!

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:

Tennessee school nurses receive HPV education – way to go Southern KY AHEC!

More than 50 school nurses (LPNs and RNs), along with two health educators and county school administrator received HPV education as part of the CDC HPV Project last week. The Southern Kentucky AHEC (doing the state work in Tennessee) reached out to the Knox County Health Department (a grantee of one of the national project partners: National Association of County & City Health Officials). In turn, the health department connected the AHEC with the University of Tennessee Medical Center's gynecologic oncology department which resulted in the scheduling of a series of live presentations and a "HPV champion" speaker in Dr. Kristopher Kimball. Way to go Southern KY AHEC! Interested in reaching school nurses, too? Check out this middle school nurse toolkit from our partners at the American Cancer Society.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month continues

Consider sending out the following messages on your social media channels to promote Cervical Cancer Awareness Month!
Twitter: Providers: Tell parents the #HPVvax is most effective in 11-12 yr olds. Here's why: #CervicalCancerAwarenessMonth
Facebook: Providers: The HPV vaccine is most effective in 11-12 year olds because they have a stronger immune response. Here's how to explain it to parents:

Funding Available

There are still a couple spaces left in NAO's 2017 lupus education and networking initiative. The opportunity is for centers with an interest in and capacity for conducting CME events. The primary goal is to expand knowledge while establishing a networking connection between the learning audience and a local rheumatologist. Rural health disparity populations as well as Hispanic, Black and Native American populations, especially women, are all at increased risk for lupus diagnosis and treatment delays. Help bring awareness to this silent and devastating disease by participating in this generously funded project. For more information email today; awardee orientation begins next week.

Save the Date!

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

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.

Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, 2017, Knoxville, TN. 2nd Annual Health Literacy Summit at the Holiday Inn World's Fair Park. From the University of Tennessee.

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.


Budget, Appropriations, and Re-Applying: How Are Things New or the Same Amid Changes in Government

Dear Colleagues;

Introducing a webinar for the NAO membership designed to shed some light on some of the nuances of the federal budget process in regards to AHEC funding for the remainder FY2017 and soon to embark upon funding for FY2018. NAO Public Policy Committee has scheduled this webinar to share some unique insight from inside 'the beltway'.
Please join us for this webinar on:

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm CST

All my best,
Jacqueline Wynn
NAO President

This webinar will explain the processes for how AHECs throughout the country are funded, where we are in the funding process for FY 2017, how will FY 2018 get started, where the money for the new competition is coming from, will a possible repeal of Health Reform (ACA / ObamaCare) affect AHEC, and how the upcoming Trump Administration will impact the AHEC program.

Our Washington advocates and representatives, the Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington, will be the keynote. Mr. Lodriguez Murray and Mr. Desmond Taylor are preparing the presentation. Your questions will be welcomed.

Register at:

Other News

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:

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 11 to 12 p.m. Eastern
  • 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.

To unsubscribe, please click here.

Email Contact: Paul Rossmann

National AHEC Organization
7044 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, WI 53154