NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit June 19, 2017

From the President's Office

Greeting NAO Colleagues:

T – 10: Days until our recently appointed Chief Executive Officer, Jack Register, begins his position with us effective July 1, 2017. The onboarding schedule was shared with Jack and he is eagerly looking forward to working in his new post with NAO. We enthusiastically and patiently await Jack's joining our NAO team and being in a leadership role to serve you as NAO members. 

We are in final negotiations with a conference site for the 2018 National AHEC Conference to be held in Washington DC. A contract has been requested from the site. Once the contract is reviewed and agreed upon, we will announce the chosen site and the dates of our biennial association meeting.



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:

HPV Project Specialists provide assistance

Our four project specialists – Kelly Owens (Southern KY AHEC); Joy Taylor (AHEC West – MD); Corryn Celmer (Yankton Rural AHEC – SD); and Carlen Williams (Southeast AK AHEC) – work hard to support the success of our HPV project! Just check out the number and types of support they provided to our State Entities so far this year:

Special population focus of training in Minnesota

Scenic Rivers AHEC (WI) worked with two other partners – American Cancer Society and the American Indian Cancer Foundation – to host a special HPV training focused on the American Indian population. Learn more about how the partnership and opportunity came about in this success story.

Interactive and Critical Health Literacy Skills

For individuals with basic literacy skills, improving health literacy can still be important because even people with advanced literacy skills can have lapses in health literacy in challenging and stressful circumstances. Improving interactive (a.k.a. communicative) and critical literacy skills enables individuals to proactively obtain the health information they need and to be self-advocates. Such skills can be learned through practice in communication, questioning, assertiveness, and investigation and through understanding the factors that affect the social determinants of health. For more information see publications by Don Nutbeam and Uta Papen.

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.

About the National Library of Medicine Resources

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is not a library in the traditional sense of a building with books and a librarian that helps research. The NLM operates some of the most famous and most used scientific databases in the world including the Human Genome Project, PubMed, and PubMed Central. As a digitized environment, NLM helps guide standards for scientific referencing of information world-wide. A few other NLM resources that could be valuable to your summer youth programming include the following database systems: Tox Town, an environmental health tool; Environmental Health Student Portal, geared towards youth in grades 6-8; GenEd Web, a genetics site geared towards youth in grades 9-12; and K-12 Science and Health Information Resources.


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

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

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: Samantha Danner

National AHEC Organization
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