NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit July 25, 2017

From the CEO's Office

I will start with an apology for missing last week’s update. I had a medical emergency that has been resolved.

We are happy to report that the trip to DC to spend time with our folks at the Health & Medicine Counsel of Washington. They are happy to report that as of this writing AHEC was in the House Appropriations budget at our current levels! We are in Senate negotiations now. Our trip to DC was to spend time with key members of Congress to tell them the AHEC story and offer our education to them on our mission. Here is a shot of the NAO leadership in DC.

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Jacqueline Rollins Wynn- President of the Board
Paula Overfelt - President Elect
Kristina E. Fjeld-Sparks - Public Policy Committee Chair
Jack Register - CEO

The Health & Medicine Counsel of Washington has worked with NAO for many years as our legislative voice and offers to us a great deal of expertise and insight. As a new member of leadership, I spent some time asking other organizations who know HMCW about their experiences. I found that the other organizations who know them to whom I am connected find them to be forthright and quite good at getting the meetings set and doors opened for their clients. I was told that many find the HMCW to be exemplary in their ability to explain the policy process to stakeholders. In fact, HMCW was featured in a Washington Post article. Follow the link here to learn more.

Please save the dates of July 8-11, 2018 for the next NAO Biennial Conference in 2018.

Jack Register

Save the date


Colleagues, Now that we have our CEO, Jack Register in place, our MU will feature a new section that highlights NAO Board activities and actions. For today’s P-Chat: I want to emphasize our upcoming 2018 Conference; the contract is signed and I am excited to announce that our 2018 NAO Conference will be held July 8-11, 2018 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. The Conference Planning committee is working diligently to prepare an action packed agenda and we have included a Save the Date for you to please mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you in DC next July for AHEC on the Hill: Diversity, Distribution and Practice Transformation!

Best to all of you,


National Training Center

Make plans for this webinar!

“Raising HPV Vaccine Coverage Rates through Provider-Focused Interventions: Implementing Effective Quality Improvement” is set for 3 p.m. ET, Thursday, Aug. 24. Dr. Alix Caslor will present on how health professionals can transform their practices by utilizing a sustainable intervention that fits or even simplifies their current work flow! Continuing education credits are pending. Registration link:

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Corryn Celmer, program manager at Yankton Rural AHEC in South Dakota, was instrumental in securing Dr. Andrew Kroger as a speaker at the Wyoming Medical Society meeting in Jackson Hole. A medical officer and part of the education team in the Immunization Services Division at the CDC, Kroger gave a presentation about the importance of HPV vaccination and provided updates on other adolescent immunizations.

Yankton Rural AHEC lands exemplary speakers for HPV education in Wyoming

An inspiring speaker can make a big difference in educating health professionals on HPV. The Yankton Rural AHEC in South Dakota was able to secure two such speakers at recent HPV educational events in Wyoming. Find out more in the latest project success story.

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: Finance Committee

Committee Chair: Mindy Bateman, executive director of Crossroads AHEC (Utah)
Contact information:

Committee Focus of Work: Work with the Treasurer to review monthly financials provided by association management company, work with CEO to create NAO budget, review and create financial policies and procedures for NAO.

Recent Successes to Share: Several financial policies and procedures for NAO.

New Member Opportunities: This group is open to new members. Email Mindy for the next committee meeting date and time.

Other News

Center Directors and Program Directors

Center Director Constituency Group Call – for all members!
Please join us!

Wednesday, August 9
12 noon CST (1 p.m. EST)
Passcode: 33402919

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.

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