NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit June 5, 2017

From the President's Office

Hello NAO Family,

It's the first full week in June. It is hard to believe we have entered the half-way point of 2017! As we reflect back on the past six months, our organization has many benchmarks to celebrate, including:

  • Our submissions to the redesigned AHEC FAO through HRSA;
  • A national successful letter writing (and other forms of communication) campaign to U.S. congressional representatives that culminated in the continuous resolution that included funding of AHECs for FY 2017-18;
  • The successful search for and selection of our new Chief Executive Officer of NAO, Mr. Jack Register;
  • The acceleration of plans for our 2018 National AHEC Conference to be held in Washington, DC with the theme being AHEC on the Hill: Distribution, Diversity & Practice Transformation;
  • A group of actively engaged, enthusiastic volunteers across the country who serve in leadership and team roles on different NAO committees. These committee members are both the pulse and blood of NAO who help us thrive as an organization.

In this rapidly-paced world of ours, it is important to sometimes look back at our many accomplishments within our respective centers, program offices and collectively as NAO and applaud ourselves!

So as we prepare for Jack Register, our CEO to begin on July 1, the NAO Executive Committee continues to make edits on his orientation plan. We will finalize our version of the plan before presenting it to the full Board this coming Thursday for their input and approval. The orientation plan will then be shared with Jack so that he is onboarded quickly and efficiently. If you have ideas or input on how best to introduce Jack to our NAO family, please send your suggestions by this Wednesday, to Ms. Samantha Danner @

Thanks to everyone for your continued support and commitment to NAO!

Program Directors and Associate Directors

It is that time again! Annual Performance Reporting is now upon us and we received guidance from the HRSA-National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA). Thank you to those who emailed us and your patience in receiving this information. We know many AHECs want to get a head start on this. Please see information below and attachments regarding the Annual Performance Report Process:

  1. Important Dates: Please note these key dates.

    1. System Opening- Friday, June 16, 2017- Grantees may enter the system and begin data entry.
    2. Submissions Begin- Saturday, July 1, 2017- Because the period of activity covers through June 30, submissions may begin on or after July 1.
    3. Submissions Due- Monday, July 31, 2017- Submissions are due by 11:59PM Eastern Time.

  2. Reporting Resources Link: The following resources are available at this helpful link:

    1. Instruction Manuals- Each program has a link to the comprehensive instruction manual with step-by-step guidance for reporting
    2. Performance Measure Overview- Abbreviated overview document displaying the layout of the report forms and columns for each program
    3. TA webinars- Follow the right-hand link (Technical Assistance APR webinars) to view pre-recorded technical assistance webinars, one for each data form

  3. AY 16-17 Changes: The attached document details the updates and enhancements made to your program's measures and selection options for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. This will be a helpful reference for what has changed since the last performance report.

  4. Contact Information:

    1. For assistance with technical issues and errors, contact the HRSA Call Center: 877-Go4-HRSA / 877-464-4722
    2. For assistance with content guidance, contact your assigned AHEC Project Officer.



National Training Center

Free CE! Promote to health professionals in your area!

Are there health professionals in your area looking for free CE/CME? Send them to our new self-study course: "Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Safety." The presentation includes information about vaccine safety systems in the United States; HPV vaccine safety data; and safety monitoring and evaluation for the 9-valent HPV vaccine. It contains 1 ACCME credit hour for physicians and 1 ANCC contact hour for nurses. Access the training here:

NAO shows HPV training impact

Did you know that in just six months AHECs trained nearly 7,000 as part of the HPV project? For the time period Sept. 30 through March 31, 6,837 people were trained through 129 programs! Take a look at the types of professionals and students that were trained:

ProLiteracy Campaign Protests Cuts in Adult Education

ProLiteracy, a non-profit dedicated to creating a world in which all adults are literate, is asking literacy advocates to contact their elected officials and ask them to reject proposed national budget cuts to the Department of Education. Such cuts, they say, go against the research providing a strong case for increased investments in adult literacy. Such investments improve post-secondary engagement, employment, and income. Find out more at

Life Skills for Youth: Teaching Informed Decision Making

New research published May 21st in The Lancet shows success teaching informed decision making in youth as young as 10 years of age. The randomized controlled trial focused on youth in resource-poor regions of Africa and was pilot tested with additional groups in Norway. The curriculum, Informed Health Choices, which teaches critical health literacy skills fundamental to evaluating health claims showed dramatic improvements in the intervention group of over 5,000 children. Teaching youth how to critically evaluate information for themselves rather than giving them behavioral instructions could have lasting lifetime effects. The authors note the need to tailor and customize the curriculum for any particular region in which it is implemented.

Health Literacy Job Announcement

The University of North Carolina is searching for a full-time community engagement and health literacy librarian at their Chapel Hill location. See link for the announcement.


Overcoming Barriers to HIV Prevention

Morehouse School of Medicine, Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare, and Haymarket Medical Education will host webinars on June 20th (8 – 9 pm EST) and on June 22nd (3 – 4 pm EST) to support providers managing the care of individuals at risk for HIV infection.

Despite the important strides made in HIV management over the past 2 decades, African-American and Latino men who have sex with men still face a hugely disproportionate risk for HIV infection relative to that of other populations. Unfortunately, uptake of HIV prevention strategies has been relatively low among those most likely to benefit. These patients face a host of challenges to the delivery of effective health care due to variety of social and structural barriers. In light of the recent data on continuing disparities in HIV transmission, overcoming obstacles to accessing prevention strategies is more critical than ever.

Webinar presenters will discuss how to use prevention strategies to work with at-risk, underserved populations in AHEC communities. Your participation by sharing these webinar details locally is appreciated.

Jason Halperin, MD
New Orleans, LA

Alfred Loupe, LPN
New Orleans, LA

Reginald Vicks, RN, MBA
Chief Operations Officer
New Orleans, LA

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Haymarket Medical Education. Estimated time to complete this activity is 1 hour.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc.


Sign up for the no-cost webinar at Upon completion of registration, you will receive a confirmation email with webinar event details.

Other News

Center Directors and Program Directors

Annual Meeting

Please join us for the following Center Director Constituency Group Meeting – open to all center directors:

Center Director Constituency Group Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 14
12 noon CST
Passcode: 33402919

Save the Date

The Program Directors Constituency Group would like to invite all Program Directors to a discussion on June 28th, 2:00 eastern. The agenda will include an introduction to the new NAO CEO, advocacy ideas, the UPR guidance and outstanding grant issues. More details forthcoming in future Monday Updates. For more information, contact


In preparation for the year beginning October 1, 2017, the Center Director Constituency Group has prepared a ballot to vote for the leadership positions. The CDCG brings you six nominees: three are currently eligible for re-election and three nominations to fill expired or vacated seats. The deadline to vote ins Monday, June 12th, 2017. Please take a few moments to submit your votes for the upcoming leadership team here:

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.

Current Openings are for:

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