NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit January 23, 2017

From the President's Office

Greeting Colleagues:

I hope that everyone is doing well. I hope that you were able to join over 100 participants on our Public Policy Webinar today. Budget Appropriations, Reapplying and Health Reform: How are Things New or the Same Amid Changes in Government.

No worries if you weren't able to make the webinar as it will be archived and available on our website. Thanks to our Board member and Public Policy Chair, Kristina Fjeld Sparks for putting together such an informative session.

In the meantime, Happy Writing on your AHEC grants!



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

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.

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

Vaccine Hesitancy webinar this week! Invite health professionals (and students!) in your area

"The Immunity Community: Evidence-Based Strategies for Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy," is set for 3 p.m. ET Thursday! Did you know this presentation would also benefit health professions students? Have you invited nursing, public health, physician assistant and other health professions students? Registration link: We'll let you know who attended so you can include that information in HRSA reports.

South Dakota uses social media to get Cervical Cancer Awareness message out

Way to go, South Dakota! Yantkon Rural AHEC used their Facebook and Twitter social media outlets to promote Cervical Cancer Awareness these past few weeks with a message every single day! With a following of 359 on Facebook and 72 on Twitter, they went above and beyond in promoting the message that the HPV vaccine is cancer prevention! With one posting to each site daily for one week, they netted more than 3,000 disseminations! Need help coming up with your own messages for social media? Try this one out this week:
Twitter: Curious as to how your state ranks against the nation in #HPVvax? Check out to compare! #CervicalCancerAwarenessMonth
Facebook: Curious to see how your state ranks in the fight against HPV cancers? Check out the link below!

New state profile sheets and resource guide

Final touches are being made on the HPV state profile sheets as well as our resource guide. Look for those to be released next week!

Developing a National Teen Health Week

Earlier this month, Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed January 9-13, the second annual Pennsylvania Teen Health Week, a week focused specifically on the important topic of holistic health in teenagers. Pennsylvania is the first and only state to have such a state-wide proclamation and observance. Based on a successful First Pennsylvania Teen Health Week in 2016, the week in 2017 was expanded and reached even more teens than the prior year. The American Medical Association passed a resolution to actively promote 2017's Pennsylvania Teen Health Week, and then moving forward, to support development of a national Teen Health Week. The establishment of a Teen Health Week calls upon adults and health care and educational institutions to focus on the health needs of this special population.

Many wrongly assume that teen health is synonymous with sexual health. However, teen health encompasses far more. Health behaviors resulting in illness later in life, that start or are reinforced in the teen years include substance abuse, diet and exercise habits, violence, and mental illness. And, since adolescents often are agents of change, including them in discussions and really listening to what they have to say about improving adolescent health behaviors is critical. Pennsylvania Teen Health Week was and is intended to inspire adults and teens in our communities to work together to protect and improve the health of Pennsylvania teens.

Congratulations to Dr. Laura Offutt from Delaware County Medical Society, for founding Pennsylvania's teen health week, and to SE Pennsylvania AHEC for participating in the events this year. Be on the lookout for more from the American Medical Association about how to get involved with teen health week in your state in the near future.

Youth participating in teen health week at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Identifying Quality Health Information Resources

Approximately 95% of all teens use the internet to look up health information. Because of that, NAO's health information literacy initiative asks AHECs to incorporate lessons on locating and evaluating health information resources. The lessons focus on establishing reliability and trustworthiness through nine objective criteria. These criteria include answering the 5 W's: who, what, when, where, and why related to the website. Learn more through the Project SHARE curriculum or this NIH guide.

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.

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 is February 1, 2017 and regular applications must be received by March 1, 2017.

Upcoming Webinar
Webinar Date: Thursday, January 26 @ 5:00 PM EST
Event address for attendees to register:

An In-Depth look into the Career-Enrichment Opportunity at the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Learn the first-hand experience of past Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) scholars who successfully completed the 6-week summer career-enrichment experience! The University of Iowa will also offer great tips and insight to potential applicants eager to apply. Interested participants and potential applicants also have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the admissions process.

Register today and join in on the upcoming SHPEP webinar!

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