NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit May 1, 2017

From the President's Office


Thank you for all your calls and outreach to your Congressional members! Congressional leaders have reached a deal on a more than $1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government at updated levels through the end of September. THIS INCLUDES LEVEL SUPPORT FOR AHEC! The Continuing Resolution expires on Friday and the omnibus funding bill is projected to be voted on/before Friday, May 5.

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Last week, members of the NAO Board gathered in Charlotte NC. The agenda included the State of NAO, Advocacy, Leadership Succession Planning and Board Recruitment, Association Management, Budget and Finance and 2018 Conference Planning.

Additionally, Board members interviewed candidates who were selected by the NAO Leadership Transition Team Search Committee to move forward in the search process. After a presentation by selected candidates and active dialogue, the NAO Board decided—through majority vote—on a candidate to become our next CEO. Negotiations are underway with this individual over the next few weeks to 1) assure complete disclosure and understanding of Board expectations and associated deliverables on behalf of the NAO membership; and 2) engage in contract negotiations. Pending successful completion of these discussions and the official signing of a contract, the Board will present to you the next CEO of the National AHEC Organization. Just wanted to assure that everyone is in the loop.

Until next time, onward!


National Training Center

Congrats to Mid-Rio Grande AHEC and Southeast Louisiana AHEC!

Mid-Rio Grande AHEC (Texas) and Southeast Louisiana AHEC have been awarded an extra funding opportunity with the HPV project. These two AHECs will be gathering HPV vaccination rates from health providers who participated in their AHEC-sponsored HPV trainings. The data collected will be used to assess the trainings overall in increasing HPV vaccinations as well as to compare effectiveness of training by different modes. We're looking forward to working with these two AHECS and collecting the necessary data to showcase the impact of the AHEC network to improve HPV vaccination!

The other special project awards will be announced next week! Stay tuned.

Nevada hosts multi-state webinar

High Sierra AHEC in Nevada — in conjunction with the Crossroads (Utah) AHEC, the Alaska AHEC program office, the Intermountain West HPV Immunization Coalition, Immunize Nevada and the American Cancer Society — sponsored a multi-state HPV education webinar that focused on Oral Health Month and HPV prevention. Participants from 13 states participated in the webinar training. Way to go!

New Facebook group part of ACS Roundtable

The American Cancer Society has created a new Facebook group to allow those working on HPV vaccination to easily connect with colleagues and share information. This private Facebook group will allow you to:

  • Get the latest news and information from the HPV Roundtable
  • Ask questions of HPV vaccination experts and advocates
  • Share new projects that you would like to share with other members
  • Read and share news headlines about HPV vaccination and innovative education projects

Visit and ask to join the group.

Programs Update

Congratulations to SE Pennsylvania AHEC and Eastern Connecticut AHEC who collaborated to bring a "Spring Break Special" health information literacy event to youth this past April. Eastern Connecticut staff and youth familiar with the Project SHARE (Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment) health literacy curriculum traveled to inner city Philadelphia to share their experiences with the project from a Native American perspective. The event served as both leadership development and mentoring for participants and was part of a larger program of events that included a policy panel and curriculum review.

Upcoming Events

June 2-3, the Second Annual Health Literacy Summit in Knoxville, TN


Putting Clinical Recommendations into Practice: Progressive Return to Activity Following Acute Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) will host a webinar 1–2:30 p.m., May 11, to
highlight two clinical tools to help health care providers treat patients following concussion.
Current concussion management guidelines include a stepped, or phased, approach to
returning to activities after a period of rest.

Webinar presenters will demonstrate how to use clinical recommendations to treat service
members and discuss:

  • How to begin the progressive return to activity process
  • The roles of the primary care provider and the rehabilitation provider
  • The six stages of the progressive return to activity process

The goal of this webinar is to help providers use these tools and take a standardized treatment
approach to boost patient recovery.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Compare and contrast the two clinical recommendations
  • Identify the criteria to refer patients to a rehabilitation provider
  • Recognize when a patient is ready to progress through each activity stage
  • Educate patients about acute symptom management and each activity stage

Scott C. Livingston, Ph.D., PT, ATC
Director, Education Division
Silver Spring, Maryland

Jessicah Ray, PA-C
Information Innovators, Inc.
Contract Support to DVBIC
Clinical Practice Guidelines/Clinical Recommendations Division
Silver Spring, Maryland

Maryanne Sacco, MA, OTR/L
TBI Clinical Educator
Contract Support to DVBIC
Office of Clinical Training and Education
Silver Spring, Maryland

Lt. Cmdr. Lisa D. Ellis, MS, FNP-­C
Clinical Provider Training Chief
Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group
(PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) May 11, 2017, to qualify for the receipt of
continuing education credit.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who
actively provide psychological health and TBI care to U.S. active-­duty service members,
reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.

Sign up for the webinar at Please note registration is required for each webinar regardless if the participant has an existing PESG account. Upon completion of registration, you will receive a confirmation email with webinar event details.

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect to attend the webinar. If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE webinar team at usarmy.ncr.medcom-usamrmc-dcoe.mbx.dcoe­

Other News

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.

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Email Contact: Samantha Danner

National AHEC Organization
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Oak Creek, WI 53154