NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit May 8, 2017

From the President's Office

Greetings Colleagues,

Happy Monday!

This is a busy week for the NAO Board and Conference Planning. On tomorrow and Wednesday, Conference Co-Chairs, Program Chair and I will be making site visits with hotels available for our 2018 Conference and on Thursday we will hold our monthly NAO Board meeting. A major discussion item at our meeting will be discussing next steps and discussions for the next NAO CEO. As noted last week, we will keep you posted and hope to make an announcement to you as soon as possible and probably by the end of the month.

Also on the budget side, we remain excited that Congress has approved FY 17 funding. Thank you for all your calls and outreach.

On Wednesday, May 3rd, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill, and the U.S. Senate followed suit on Thursday, May 4th. This bill funded much of the federal government thru the end of September 2017. Included in the bill is $30.25 million for the AHEC program. That is level funding, equal to the amount allocated to AHEC in FY 2016. This is a tremendous victory for the AHEC program and NAO, given the difficult funding environment in Washington.

Also, please note that it is time to begin preparation for FY 2018 Appropriations. While we are very excited about AHEC's level funding in the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Package, we have much more to do to increase our appropriations amount. To our members and constituents, please remain engaged in our advocacy efforts in the coming months as we work together to tell our AHEC story.



National Training Center

Spreading the word about the AHEC network

Gretchen Forsell, Trisha Schulz and Terry Zollinger will be heading to San Diego for the National Rural Health Association meeting this week! We'll be spreading the word about the AHEC network's capability to provide standardized CE throughout the country by using the HPV Project as an example, along with past National Training Center projects – Veterans Mental Health and ACA Marketplace. Our session titled, "Area Health Education Centers' Niche in Continuing Education" is set for Friday morning! This is an exciting opportunity to share all of the good work going on with the HPV project as well as promote the National AHEC Organization's ability to reach providers across the country with timely continuing education.

Special project funding announcements

Congratulations to those AHECs who were funded for HPV Special Projects!

  • Southern Kentucky AHEC will partner with a rural, Appalachian pediatric practice group to test the effectiveness of a customized set of tools to transform practice using the AAP HPV Champion Toolkit.
  • Southeast Louisiana AHEC will modify the "You are the Key" presentation to be appropriate to what a new medical resident and dental student needs. Then, they will teach a small cohort of medical residents who are on a rural rotation and dental students on the importance of HPV vaccination. Those residents and students will then be assigned to reach out to parents and youth at community events to educate on the importance of HPV vaccination.
  • Gulfcoast South AHEC (FL) will bring HPV education into health professions classrooms through training, focused Q&A, dissemination of materials and extensive pre- and post- evaluation.

We are looking forward to working with you!

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

Center Directors

Please join us for the following Center Director Constituency Group Meetings – open to all center directors:

Monthly Open Call:
Wednesday, May 10
12 noon CST
Passcode: 33402919

Public Policy Update by Kristina Fjeld –Sparks
NAO Board and Governance Update – Michael French, NAO Board Member/Parlimentarian

Center Director Constituency Group Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 14
12 noon CST
Passcode: 33402919

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
7044 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, WI 53154