NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit November 20th, 2017

From the CEO's Office

In this season of Thanksgiving, we at NAO want to wish all our members the best and brightest during this holiday season. We are grateful that you are part of our AHEC community, and that together, we are building a bolder future where, in which our vision is to see a vibrant and diverse healthcare workforce thriving in rural and underserved areas of the nation. Together, we can move the conversation forward in positive ways for America’s healthcare workforce.

NAO leadership, along with our colleagues at the Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington, has just returned from a successful trip to Washington, DC. We advocated for the reauthorization of the AHEC program’s appropriations, and we were able to meet with our strategic partners at HRSA and the National Rural Health Association. Our visits were productive for shared dialogue and educational awareness of the AHEC mission, and once again, allowed us to tell our AHEC story.

Dale Dirks, Kristina Fjeld-Sparks (NAO Public Policy Chair),
Paula Overfelt (NAO President); Senator Roy Blunt (Missouri); Mindy Bateman (President Elect)

As our program offices and centers move into the holiday season, we look forward to celebrating the local successes of our work. We ask that you please share those stories with us, so that we may more effectively and impacfully highlight how our members have been able to change the discussion at the local or state levels. It is with these stories that we can more clearly demonstrate to the federal level the outcomes and products of our funding service. Please forward your stories directly to me at

Once again, happiest of the Thanksgiving holiday to all our members.

In service,


National Training Center

Today is the deadline! Apply now!

Get those applications in to be part of the HPV Project for Year 4! Today is the deadline. If you run into issues and need an extension, please let us know. 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!

Many thanks!

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, all of us on the HPV Project Leadership Team want to relay our gratitude for your tremendous work over these last three years. We are amazed at the hard work and heart that has gone into our educational efforts to prevent HPV cancers. There’s no other words to say but “Thanks!” Enjoy the holiday by counting your blessings!

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

The CORE annual data collection was completed and most current NAO one-pager was finalized and approved by the Board of Directors Executive Committee. Members can access the NAO 2016-2017 One Pager file at this link: NAO 2016-2017 Annual Report Highlights.

We welcome your stories of how members have used the one-pager to support their regional, state or national advocacy efforts.

Please send examples of your work for the Weekly Update to share with the NAO Network- to highlight how the one-pager has helped support your AHEC’s efforts.

Stories can be submitted to: Shawn Houck, NAO Communications Committee Chair 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.

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Email Contact: Kayla White

National AHEC Organization
7044 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, WI 53154