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!
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 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
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
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 http://bit.ly/2k26xwB to compare! #CervicalCancerAwarenessMonth Facebook: Curious to see how your state ranks in the fight against HPV cancers? Check out the link below! http://bit.ly/2k26xwB
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.
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
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.
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)
www.shpep.org 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,
Learn more about the new educational opportunities provided by the Summer Health Professions Education
Program (SHPEP) and apply today at www.shpep.org.
Students are encouraged to apply early. Early application deadline is February 1, 2017
and regular applications must be received by March 1, 2017.
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
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.
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:
implement MHFA certification classes;
build capacity to address community mental health care needs; and
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
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.