|NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit
||March 6, 2017
From the President's Office
On behalf of the NAO Board of Directors and Leadership Transition Team, I am
pleased to announce that the official search for the next AHEC Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) is underway. Please click this link
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT to view the job description.
I wish to thank members of the Board and the Leadership Transition
Team for the hard work and countless number of hours they spent on revamping the full CEO position description and then designing and launching the search process.
These are exciting times for our Organization. We look forward to you and others
identifying excellent applicants for the position who are currently working at AHEC
program offices and centers around the country as well as applicants from related
National Training Center
Next national webinar – start promoting now!
"HPV Vaccination: A Pinch of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure" – a national webinar for
dental professionals, medical professionals, health professions students and medical office
staff – is set for 2 p.m. ET, Thursday, April 6. Speakers are Dr. Lori Racha, assistant
professor of Pediatrics at the Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont,
and Dr. Damon Silverman, associate professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the
Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. HPV is one topic that both
primary care and oral health professionals have in common. Dr. Racha is concerned that not
enough pre-teens are getting the HPV vaccination while Dr. Silverman is seeing a growing
number of life-threatening HPV diseases of the head and neck in his practice.
Please promote this continuing education offering to dental professionals, medical professionals,
health professions students and medical office staff in your regions! Continuing education credits
are pending for this event.
HPV part of NJ Vaccine Symposium
Garden AHEC in New Jersey, in conjunction with the Inspira Health Network Continuing Medical
Education department, trained more than 100 health professionals at the 2017 Vaccine Symposium:
Immunization – Pediatrics to Adults last week. Attendees included physicians, residents, nurses
and school nurses. The program focused on updates to evidence-based guidelines for immunization
of infants, children, adolescents, and adults that are necessary for healthcare professionals
who care for people of all ages. HPV education was a component of the symposium which included
a review of the updated vaccine schedule. Along with providing the continuing education, Garden
AHEC also hosted a vendor table to disseminate information about the NAO HPV Project. More than
500 resources were disseminated! Way to go, New Jersey!
A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute by
University of Florida health literacy researchers has found the use of metaphors such
as "like the flip of a coin" to describe randomization, increases patient comprehension
of some subjects more than the use of plain language. Plain language is a communication
approach using shorter sentence structure and nontechnical language, and is widely used
in patient communication materials. Read more about the study here.
Health Literacy Special Interest Group Update
We have a new date and time for the new year! If you would like to be involved in an
AHEC focused, national discussion of health literacy programs and issues, join in for
Fourth Friday conference calls:
When: Fourth Friday, March 24, @ 2pm EST
SOWEGA-AHEC Supports ACR's 38-County Lupus Awareness Outreach in Southwest Georgia
In 2016, the Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center continued its partnership
with the American College of Rheumatology's (ACR) The Lupus Initiative (TLI) to expand the
ACR's lupus awareness work in Southwest Georgia through funding from the Healthcare Georgia
Foundation. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects people of color, especially
women of color, more than any other demographic group. This effort aimed to increase people's
understanding of lupus and connection to lupus resources. The ACR and SOWEGA-AHEC successfully
surveyed more than 500 people about their level of lupus awareness, informing the intervention
in which over 11,000 TLI materials were disseminated across 71 locations in the 38-county
region, and traditional, print, and social media were engaged to increase awareness about lupus'
signs, symptoms, and health disparate nature. Detailed final results from the intervention will
be available on www.thelupusinitiative.org
in March 2017.
Patient-Centered Care: Reducing Risk & Improving Outcomes Through Health Literacy
Friday, April 21, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This webinar will call for health professionals' action on increasing health literacy. It
will draw on research about the correlations between health literacy and health outcomes and
demonstrate the systemic nature of the problem. Participants will then be introduced to the
variety of approaches individual health care professionals can take to increase health literacy.
Participants will also be exposed to the ways that health care organizations can address the
problem and how addressing health literacy makes good business sense to a health care organization.
Register here, or contact Eriz Hughey at 616-771-9487 or email at Rosario.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The NAO National Training Center:
Helping AHECs be Successful!
Have you heard about the NAO National Training Center (NAO-NTC)
but weren't really sure what it is?
Have you participated in any national AHEC projects or wondered
how to participate?
Could your AHEC center benefit from training to increase its
organizational capacity to do more programming?
While some people solely equate the NAO-NTC with recent partnerships, like
the CDC's current HPV grant, or the past Veteran's Mental Health initiative,
this webinar will help explain that the scope of the NAO-NTC goes beyond
management of grants and contracts.
Please join us on Tuesday, March 21, from 2-3 p.m. EST for an
educational webinar and learn how to access and benefit from this NAO resource.
Register online at:
Harness the Power of AmeriCorps to Address Mental Health Challenges in Your Community
The Mental Health First Aid Corps is accepting applications from agencies
interested in hosting a full-time AmeriCorps member for the 2017 program year.
Application deadline - March 31, 2017
Notice of Acceptance – April 14, 2017
AmeriCorps Member Service Year Start Date – Sept/Oct 2017
Click here to complete our simplified host site application http://health360.org/mhfac_app.html
The Mental Health First Aid Corps is an innovative AmeriCorps Program that supports implementation
of MHFA in communities across the nation. AmeriCorps members, trained as MHFA instructors, are placed
at host sites focusing their service year implementing MHFA.
Since its inception, MHFA Corps AmeriCorps members have had tremendous impact at their host site
agencies. Click here for impact
Benefits of Hosting an AmeriCorps Member
An AmeriCorps member improves your organization's capacity to address mental health needs in your
community through service. A full-time AmeriCorps member serving 40 hours per week for 10 months at
your agency will:
- implement MHFA certification classes;
- build capacity to address community mental health care needs; and
- raise funds to support mental health focused service activities.
How Health360 Fits In
Health360 leads the MHFA Corps in partnership with the Corporation for National and
Community Service and the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Health360 handles all administrative requirements for your AmeriCorps member so you
can focus on building effective programs that improve people's lives.
Informational Conference Call
To learn more please join one of the following conference calls:
- Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern
- Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 11 to 12 p.m. Eastern
- Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern
Call in Number: 712-775-7031
Meeting ID: 468 634 766
Or, you can contact Tricia directly at: email@example.com or 203-758-1110 x11
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.
Please remember to check out the Employment section of the NAO website for current job listings.
Current Openings are for: