NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit May 30, 2017

From the President's Office

Greetings Colleagues:

Happy Tuesday! Welcome back for those who were able to be away in celebration of Memorial Day! NAO honors those Americans who gave their lives in service to our country!

A couple of quick reminders:

The NAO Conference Planning Committee has published a request for proposals (RFP) for those AHECs and other agencies who might be interested in, and have the organizational capacity to manage the 2018 conference. If you are interested in submitting a response, the full RFP appears here.

The date for the proposal submissions is June 2, 2017.

We are still in negotiations with hotel properties for our 2018 Conference. We will be making the announcement for the selected site in the near future. Stay tuned!

Finally, as noted last week, the Board is working on the orientation schedule for Jack Register, our new CEO. We look forward to Jack joining our NAO community on July 1.

Legislative Update

As we continue making large strides to the $40 million mark for FY 2018, it is imperative that NAO members remain engaged during the appropriations cycle. The AHEC program was zeroed out in President Trump's FY 2018 budget proposal (released on May 23). However, this serves as more of a reason we need an assertive effort from ALL to make calls to Members of Congress to support the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program at $40 million. Please don't be startled by this, remember, the president's budget is a suggestive document to Congress that does not have the force of law. Congress holds the power of the purse.

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) along with 30 other United States Senators authored a letter to the Appropriations subcommittee on Labor-HHS- Education's Chairman Blunt and Ranking Member Murray calling for full funding of the Title VII public health service programs. These programs include initiatives important to NAO, including Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). Another letter supporting Title VII programs has been authored by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and circulating the senate floor for congressional support. All of this is part of the process of encouraging Congress to fund the above programs in their annual appropriations bills, which fund the federal government.

Lastly, on May 24, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the recently House-passed American Health Care Act, HR 1628. The CBO analysis re-confirmed that many Americans (23 million) would lose coverage under the House legislation, while also offering new insights into how the last minute changes to the bill regarding potential state waivers for Essential Health Benefits and Community Rating would negatively impact individuals with pre-existing health conditions. According to CBO, individuals with pre-existing conditions in states that received waivers would be forced to pay dramatically higher health insurance premiums, would be subject to higher out-of-pocket costs, and that there is the potential for insurers to cap annual and lifetime healthcare payments. Therefore, the Senate continues to move at a slow pace in writing its version of a repeal and replace measure. No plan has emerged from the upper body, although the current discussion in the Senate revolves around a bill that does less damage to coverage options for low-income individuals, supports more comprehensive tax credits for a broader spectrum of Americans, and preserves better quality coverage options for those with pre-existing health conditions. Senate staffers will spend this week's congressional recess drafting a health care bill, but GOP senators are increasingly pessimistic about their chances of coalescing around a measure.



National Training Center

Continuation application submitted for Year 4!

We hit the button and submitted our continuation application to continue the CDC project into Year 4! This was no easy feat — involving strategic planning sessions that occurred for months, the crunching of our evaluation data and putting words to paper. Thanks for your continued strong efforts in Year 3.

Vaccination communications package

Summer is just around the corner! As you might know, summer is the hottest time to increase HPV vaccination rates. In fact, HPV vaccination increases 5-fold in August at the peak of back-to-school well-child appointments. Sign up to get access to get the You've Got the Power to Prevent Cancer! communications package with 10 weeks of content to help you encourage the medical providers in your membership to flex their super powers and prevent HPV cancers. It's from our partners at the American Cancer Society! Learn more and sign-up:

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.

Health Literacy Job Announcement

The University of North Carolina is searching for a full-time community engagement and health literacy librarian at their Chapel Hill location. See link for the announcement.

Upcoming Events

Other News


The Conference Planning Committee and Board of Directors of the National AHEC Organization (NAO) are soliciting proposals for management of the NAO 2018 Biennial Conference, AHEC on the Hill: Diversity, Distribution & Practice Transformation. The four-day conference will be held June or July 2018, in Washington, D.C. and focus on the professional development of approximately 600 AHEC program and center directors, staff, board members, students, preceptors, and other interested parties.

The selected agency must demonstrate the ability to handle a myriad of inquiries from potential and/or registered participants on a one-on-one basis assign an appropriate number of personnel for conference coordination and on-site management throughout the four-day event. This includes dealing with last-minute registration requests, travel questions, and accommodation problems in a prompt yet thoughtful manner, while simultaneously following specific guidelines established by the Conference Planning Committee and the NAO management firm.

NAO strongly encourages submissions by NAO members in good standing (current on membership dues). Proposals must be received by 11:59 pm EST, Friday June 2, 2017. Send the proposal and budget to: Anna Wenders at The full Request for Proposals can be found here.

Center Directors and Program Directors

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

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

Save the Date June 28th: The Program Directors Constituency Group would like to invite all Program Directors to a discussion on June 28th, 2:00 eastern. The agenda will include an introduction to the new NAO CEO, advocacy ideas, the UPR guidance and outstanding grant issues. More details forthcoming in future Monday Updates. For more information, contact

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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