NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit July 10, 2017

From the CEO's Office

I hope you all had a happy Independence Day! We hope you celebrated with friends and family this past week. I am writing as I transition into the CEO role to give you some temporary contact information should you need to reach me. We are getting the logistics worked out for communication and will have that resolved soon. For now, should you need to reach me my email is and my cell number is 336.588.9156.

As the summer moves along and we all prepare for the HRSA implementation I wanted to also take a moment to ask you to consider helping us out with a survey of three questions, 1) what do you think your center or program does very well; 2) what could your center or program do better if there were no barriers; and 3) what is one thing you would like to see the NAO do differently, or do more of, or stop doing altogether? Please provide your response by Friday, July 21, 2017.

These questions will help me begin to hear your concerns as I get to know you and your centers or programs better.

Thanks for all you do and I look forward to working with all of you!

Jack Register

National Training Center

Next HPV webinar planned! Promote!

Do you have health professionals in your area looking for continuing education? Promote our next webinar on why the HPV vaccination is recommended at age 11-12 intended for health professionals, health professions students and medical office staff at 2 p.m. ET, Tuesday, July 25. Continuing education credits are pending for the presentation titled "HPV Vaccination: Give it a Shot (or 2)" presented by Debbie Saslow, PhD, of the American Cancer Society. The webinar will cover the burden of HPV disease, the scientific reasons behind the recommendation to vaccinate at age 11-12, and ways that providers can decrease missed vaccination opportunities. Registration link:

Vaccine myths: Where did they come from?

We've all heard the common myth that vaccines cause autism. What about another myth that spreading out or delaying certain vaccines is safer for kids? Learn about "Four Vaccine Myths and Where They Came From," in this Science Magazine article.

Year 2 Wrap Up for NAO-NLM Health Information Literacy Project

Congratulations to the three YR-2 NAO-National Library of Medicine (NLM) Health Information Literacy awardees who have just completed student post-tests and focus-groups (otherwise known as talking circles.) The participating AHEC centers were Eastern Connecticut AHEC (also a year 1 awardee), SPCC Atlanta AHEC, and Southeastern Pennsylvania AHEC. A total of 49 students completed the program based on the Project SHARE (Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment) curriculum. NLM will now take the data for analysis. The project is not slated for renewal.

NAO Committee Corner:
Membership Updates & Opportunities

Name of NAO Committee: Conference Planning Committee

Committee Co-Chairs: Anna Wenders and Paula Overfelt

Anna Wenders, Program Director, University of South Florida, NAO Board of Directors

Paula Overfelt, Executive Director, Northwest Missouri AHEC,
Chair – Center Director Constituency Group; President-Elect, NAO Board of Directors

Contact Information: Anna Wenders (, 813.974.9685) and Paula Overfelt (; 816.271.7199)

Committee Focus of Work: The Conference Planning Committee (CPC) leads the planning for the NAO Biennial National Conferences. They are developing plans and contracts for the 2018 summer event that will return to Washington, D.C. again, due to the advocacy success at the 2016 conference. The CPC members assist with selecting the theme, soliciting exhibitors and sponsors, reviewing and selecting abstracts/proposals for presentations, promoting the event to NAO members and non-members, and more.

Volunteer Service opportunities during the conference will also be needed to help staff the registration desk before and during the conference.

Subcommittees include: Program, Exhibits/Sponsorships, Promotions, Social Activities, Awards, and Program Evaluation. The NAO Communications Committee and Public Policy Committee facilitate operational support with developing the communications and advocacy efforts for the event.

Recent Successes to Share: The theme, dates, & location for the 2018 conference have been set:
AHEC on the Hill: Diversity, Distribution, and Practice Transformation
July 8-11, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia

Watch for announcements soon to come with more details in the NAO Monday Update weekly newsletter and e-mail fliers.

New Member Opportunities: Meets the fourth Friday of each month from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST. If you have an interest in participating on any of the subcommittees, it's not too late to join! Please contact one of the co-chairs for more information to join the next conference call meeting.

Other News

Center Directors and Program Directors

Seeking a Co-Chair and New Members

The NAO Membership Committee is seeking a co-chair and new members. Will you be a part of strengthening our organization and improving NAO benefits and services?

The Membership Committee plans, oversees, and evaluates membership services and issues in an effort to maintain a diverse, comprehensive membership of program offices, centers, associates, and individuals who pay dues to support NAO activities The committee is responsible for determining membership categories, dues structure, and proposing amendments needed to bylaws that reflect membership structure The committee also conducts research related to member needs/wants.

Those interested should email or call 303-923-3734.

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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Email Contact: Mark Hamley

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