NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit October 19th, 2017

National Training Center

Year 4 kickoff! Join us!

We’re looking forward to Year 4 of the HPV Project. Are you? Join us for an informational session “HPV Project: Year 4 Kickoff” at 2 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Oct. 25. At this webinar, you’ll learn more about project requirements and financial compensation. Register Now

HPV message reaches 130,000 in just one month!

As part of the HPV project, State Entities are required to disseminate educational materials to health professionals on HPV. In one month alone (August 2017), AHECs’ total potential reach for its message was 130,698! Take a look at these top ways that AHECs are getting the materials and message out:

New immunization advocacy online tool showing vaccine legislation and vaccine coverage by state

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has released a new online mapping tool that provides state-by-state information on vaccination rates and other types of data that can support immunization advocacy efforts. For example, the tool shows which states permit certain types of vaccination exemptions. This State Immunization Information System (IIS) Legislation tool can assist with efforts to reach out to legislators regarding state immunization efforts. Check it out!

Provider Education Funding Announcement
See the year 3 ACR/NAO small group provider training session notice of funding available here. For questions please contact Robin Campbell at

NAO Committee Corner:
Membership Updates & Opportunities

Name of NAO Committee: Diversity Committee

The NAO’s “youngest” standing committee was approved by the Board three years ago (September 2014). The members immediately worked to create a charter and the NAO Diversity Statement, which continues to be made visible on NAO marketing and media communications materials in order to serve towards NAO’s mission statement.

The NAO Diversity Statement

The National AHEC Organization welcomes and accepts diversity in the broadest context to recognize, value, and learn from all people of varying cultural backgrounds regardless and inclusive of age, physical/mental ability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, language, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, and geographic region.

For the 2017–2018 fiscal year, the committee is working towards the following goals:

  1. Establish a formal process for engaging external groups and organizations
  2. Develop a diversity profile for the NAO Program Offices and Centers
  3. Create a plenary session panel for the 2018 NAO Biennial Conference involving diverse student representation

Diversity Committee activity has currently resulted in relationship development work with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), the National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME), and the Rural Health Association. We look forward to continuing to reach out to organizations as recommended by the committee and other NAO members. The process for establishing initial organizational orientation and collaboration for NAO strategic partners has been to invite the leadership of identified groups to the committee’s monthly conference call meeting for introductory purposes, leading to appropriate relationship development follow-up based on the discussions.

The diversity profiling for AHEC program offices and centers is just getting underway. We would eagerly invite participation on the Diversity Committee as we work on this goal.

Currently, the priority work plan activity for the committee is the planning and coordination for the Student Panel Plenary Session at the upcoming NAO 2018 Conference. With the Board’s approval, for the first time ever, we will bring students front and center to inform and discuss how AHEC Centers can better support the educational experience of undergraduate, graduate and health profession students across the country.

The Diversity Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. EST. For more information on how you may become involved, please contact Mary Mitchell – or Aileen Harris -

Other News

Interested in Making a Difference in NAO Membership?

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, October 24th, 1:00p PST, 2:00p MST, 3:00p CST, and 4:00p 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!

Wednesday, November 8
Topic: HPV Immunization Project Year 4
1 p.m. EST
Passcode: 33402919

Job Opportunities

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