NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit March 13, 2017

From the President's Office


Dear NAO Members and Other Affiliates

We are now into our second posting week for the NAO Chief Executive Officer Job Announcement. You can access the full position announcement by clicking here.

The deadline date for submitting applications is Monday, March 20, 2017. Consider applying for the job yourself, or encourage other qualified members of our great organization to apply by passing on the information to them. Feel free to also forward the announcement to others outside of the National AHEC Organization who possess the requisite skills, experiences and background listed in the announcement.

Assist your NAO in finding our next leader!



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. Register Now

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.

Massachusetts Dental Society Journal features HPV

Berkshire AHEC – in conjunction with their work in the HPV Dental Workgroup in Massachusetts – successfully submitted "Oral Human Papilloma Virus Infection and the Role of the Dental Professional" to the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society. The article is highlighted as the main story on the cover of the journal's Winter 2017 issue. Way to go, Massachusetts!

Partnership training for State Entities

Why are partnerships important? How can I identify and initiate potential partnerships? What's in it for my AHEC? All State Entities involved in the HPV project are required to attend an upcoming partnership training webinar, "HPV Project: Partnerships are the Key," at 2 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 30. Register Now. Although the training will focus specifically on potential HPV partnerships and be most benefical for those AHECs involved in the HPV Project, other AHECs are welcome to join.

Health Information of the Future

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a new director and she's not a librarian, she's a nurse and an engineer. Those qualifications are helping Patricia Brennan to take NLM to the future of health science information which, she says, is in the cloud. The data cloud, that is. Getting more out of current research data sets, and helping consumers and clinicians experience information with their physical senses through technology such as in virtual reality simulation labs will happen, and is on the way. With an eye towards the future, AHECs can improve health information access by engaging with organizations and initiatives working to decrease the digital divide for rural and underserved populations

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
Call: 712-770-4010
Code: 665-323#

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 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 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:

This webinar will be recorded and archived for those uncertain about attending. If unable to attend the live session, with pre-registration, members will still obtain the link for continued access.

Other News

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

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 information

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:

  1. implement MHFA certification classes;
  2. build capacity to address community mental health care needs; and
  3. 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: 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.

Job Opportunities

Please remember to check out the Employment section of the NAO website for current job listings.

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