NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit November 14th, 2017

Reporting to you from the Board of Directors

Hello, NAO members and supporters!

It’s fall here in Missouri and the trees are still beautiful – for a little longer! I hope you are enjoying the season in your hometown also. The busy holiday season begins next week with Thanksgiving. We know that we are all busy with our AHEC work also, but let’s take a deep breath and enjoy the beauty of this season.

There is much work going on at the national level. Our NAO Board of Directors met on Thursday, November 9. These meetings include the board members, chairs/co-chairs of committees, and project directors for National Training Center projects. It’s important for the board to stay updated on the work of the committees and we recognize much of the work of NAO takes place in these committees.

From this meeting, I would like to highlight the recent work of CORE, the Committee on Research and Evaluation. Please download the annual one-page summary of NAO’s data outcomes. Thanks to all the members responded to CORE’s request for your state data for the 2016-2017 reporting periods; we experienced a 93% participation rate across the AHEC Network. This is how NAO members work together to tell our story with strategic partners, constituents, board members, and key collaborators. Please access this document through this link.

This week several of us will be traveling to meet with congressional leaders regarding AHEC reauthorization and appropriations. This document is very important for us as we make our requests. If you would like the template to prepare the one-page document for your state, please contact Jennifer Taylor at or Detra Brown at Thank you to this committee for their work to provide us with updated data each year.

Other business at the meeting also revolved around committees. Governance Committee will begin work to recruit a new at-large board member; an ad hoc committee was approved for the review of the NAO Bylaws for approval at the 2018 conference, and there was discussion around an ad hoc committee on AHEC Scholars.

Stay engaged and stay tuned!

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

National Training Center

NAO takes part in HPV Roundtable meetings

AHEC's unique niche working in rural and underserved communities was a frequent conversation point as Gretchen Forsell and Trisha Schulz spent some time in Dallas last week to participate in a national HPV Roundtable meeting hosted by the American Cancer Society. Bringing together multiple agencies who work on increasing HPV vaccination is beneficial to further our partnership efforts but also a great opportunity to showcase NAO and the great work we do with the HPV Project. We came back energized and will be sharing our knowledge, contacts and resources to everyone involved in the project. Multiple opportunities for AHEC to provide to their communities and affect change will be available.

Year 4 applications due next week

Applications to be a part of the HPV Project for fiscal year 4 are due Nov. 20! Did you miss our kickoff? Here’s the webinar recording. Due to the format of the application materials (fillable Word document and Excel spreadsheet), please request access to the documents by emailing Project Manager Trisha Schulz at If you feel like you want to be a part of the project but have some barrier preventing you from joining, let us know! Or, maybe you’ve found yourself open to an opportunity but it doesn’t quite fit the mold of the HPV project. We’re open to a discussion! We want you to be a part of something big as we show the impact of the NAO network. We are particularly looking for an AHEC to be the State Entity in the following states: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, California and Hawaii!

2018 Conference News

Dear Centers and Program Offices

In an effort to have a STRONG show of vendors and exhibitors at the 2018 National AHEC Conference, we are asking each of you to submit names of companies and organizations you work with in your daily AHEC operations that we can approach as potential sponsors and exhibitors. Even local companies have the ability to market and sell to a larger audience, so we would love to know what who you work with!

For example, in Missouri, we all do dissection activities with our high school students, so and we mostly all use Carolina Biological for supplies and specimens. This is an online company we could reach out to see if they’re interested in having a booth to directly market to other centers around the nation with similar high school programs. And in Tampa Florida, they’ve used the same local print shop for years and years – we can ask the manager there if she’d sponsor the conference badges, lanyards, or other promotional items. (Don’t worry if a company you work with doesn’t seem like a “fit” -- the Conference Planning Committee can review your suggestions and make those determinations).

So please submit your ideas to Becky Schlevensky at or 414-908-4953 Ext. 111 right away. Include the company/organization names, brief descriptions of how you work with them, and the names/emails of any contacts you have. Becky will follow up with them directly or reach out to their marketing/sales departments.

NAO Committee Corner:
Membership Updates & Opportunities

Committee on Outcomes, Research and Evaluation (CORE)
Using Data to Tell the Story

Everyone who has data to analyze has a story to tell. The NAO Committee on Outcomes, Research and Evaluation (CORE) works together in a collaborative nature to develop a national data set that can be used toward co-creating best practices and that can effectively link the AHEC story for showcasing program outcomes potentials.

Every year, CORE helps to share NAO’s story of success through development of the annual one-pager summary of NAO’s data outcomes. Thanks to all of the members who shared your data with the NAO CORE for the 2016-2017 reporting periods. We experienced a 93% participation rate across the AHEC Network. This is how NAO members work together to tell our story with strategic partners, constituents, board members, and key collaborators.

CORE members work to communicate with HRSA in order to target technical assistance opportunities for AHEC Programs and Centers across the nation. This data analysis support to facilitates consistency with the practice of rigorous examination and evaluation of the effectives of members’ individual programs. For example, CORE is identifying ways we can better inform the network on promising practices related to evaluating interprofessional education and the AHEC Scholars programs.

For more information about joining the NAO Committee on Outcomes, Research, and Evaluation, contact co-chairs Jennifer Taylor at and Detra Brown at

Other News

Membership Committee

Do You Value Your NAO Membership? How Would You Make it Better?

The NAO Membership Committee is seeking new members to help us reach our goals for this next year. Center Directors and Program Directors are needed. Will you be a part of strengthening our organization and improving NAO benefits and services? The Membership Committee plans, oversees, and evaluates membership services and issues in an effort to maintain a diverse, comprehensive membership of program offices, centers, associates, and individuals who pay dues to support NAO activities The committee is responsible for determining membership categories, dues structure, and proposing amendments needed to bylaws that reflect membership structure. The committee also conducts research related to member needs/wants.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 28th, 1:30p PST, 2:30p MST, 3:30p CST, and 4:30p EST.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or Telephone: Dial: +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll) or +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 3034818686

Those interested should email or call 303-923-3734.

Center Directors

Center Director Constituency Group
All Center Directors

Please Join Us!

December 13, 2017
HPV Immunization Project Year 4
Core training topic: Behavioral Health Integration
1 p.m. EST
Passcode: 33402919
Please note: the topic has changed and there is no Adobe connect this month.

IPE Special Interest Group

Calling all AHEC Program Directors, Center Directors, and Staff who are interested in Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE). The IPE Special Interest Group (SIG) through the NAO is looking for interested individuals to be part of the IPE SIG as we embark on the adventure of IPE. This SIG is coming together once again to discuss, contemplate, and collaborate on best practices for IPE. With the new direction from HRSA, IPE will be a central part of what we do. What a better way to launch this new season of AHEC than to collectively support each other and share ideas. If you are new to IPE, have been participating in IPE for a while, or if you are an expert – we need you! We will be holding an IPE SIG conference call on Wednesday December 13th at 11 am PST/12 pm MST/1 pm CST/2 pm EST.

Call-in number: 712-770-4010 Passcode: 269487#

Interested members are asked to add your email to the distribution list on the SIG spreadsheet found here:

Call agenda will be emailed out the week before. Please plan to attend. Your input is needed to help make AHEC IPE a success! Contact Curt Stilp, IPE SIG leader, Program Director, Oregon AHEC for more info.


West Texas AHEC Launches Online Course

The West Texas AHEC has launched an online CHW training program that is available to anyone outside of Texas. It is a great core curriculum that includes modules on chronic disease management and patient navigation. To view a full-size version of the flyer below, please click here.

Job Opportunities

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