NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit June 12, 2017

From the President's Office

Good Monday NAO Members:

On last Thursday (June 9), the NAO Board reviewed and approved the Orientation Schedule developed for onboarding our new CEO Jack Register who will begin his new position on July 1, 2017. Major activities and deliverables were detailed and included such items as gaining insight into NAO's culture and current strategic plan; communicating about, and understanding NAO committee structures; examining the unique qualities, developmental history, socio-economics and politics of several AHECs across the country; and best practices when working with and maintaining information flow with the NAO Executive Committee and Board. The schedule was sent to Jack on Friday afternoon. We are awaiting his comments on ways to further enhance his orientation experience.  

A second major topic discussed by the Board was to begin examining ways to upgrade and augment the NAO website. The Board envisions a website that is current, factual, visually attractive, interactive and that can be easily and readily navigated by the user or seeker of NAO information and programs.  Discussions by the Board will continue on this important topic.

Finally, thanks to the NAO Executive Committee and Board members' willingness to engage in sound fiscal management practices that sometimes required tough personnel and program decisions, we are proud to report that the financial record of NAO showed a balanced budget status this year. Stated differently, our expenditures did not exceed the budget plan and associated funds that we had set aside for operational purposes. Many years have gone by since we were able to make this statement to our membership. We appreciate you allowing us to make these fiscal decisions on your behalf.



National Training Center

Next HPV webinar planned! Promote!

"HPV Vaccination: Give it a Shot (or 2)" is our next educational webinar for health professionals, health professions students and medical office staff at 2 p.m. ET, Tuesday, July 25. Continuing education credits are pending. The training 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. Send those interested this registration link:

Half a million reached!

Did you know that the AHECs working on our HPV Project disseminated HPV materials that reached nearly 500,000 in the past 12 months? Wow! What an impact. Not only did we provide timely educational materials to healthcare professionals and students but this task also effectively markets AHEC as a valuable source of materials and education.

Count your HPV training efforts in your HRSA Annual Performance report!

The HPV Project integrates so well into what you are tasked to do as an AHEC! With the HRSA Annual Performance Reporting system opening this week, remember to count your HPV training programs in the CE category. If you have questions or need assistance, reach out!

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. During this meeting, we will review the change to the Operating Guidelines and vote. Please plan to attend. We appreciate you logging into Adobe Connect so we can have a count of all members for voting purposes.

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 link to the webinar is:

Please call the conference line at (877) 366-0711 and use the participant code: 85426614. The agenda will include an introduction to the new NAO CEO, advocacy ideas, the UPR guidance and outstanding grant issues. For more information or if you have an agenda item that you would like addresses, 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.

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National AHEC Organization
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