NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit October 24th, 2017

From the CEO's Office

This week I participated in meetings with our colleagues in Kentucky who are discussing the AHEC Scholars program and the future impact this may have for the NAO Network. In preparation, I am thinking about the work of AHECs that meet the needs of students across the healthcare spectrum.

A few thoughts as to what NAO is doing so far about the AHEC Scholars program that may better support recent questions:

First, NAO leadership is meeting with the HRSA leaders directly as we visit Washington, DC while meeting with members of Congress for the AHEC reauthorization and appropriations. We have carried forward questions we received from the membership so that we at NAO can provide the best information and technical assistance possible to the network.

Second, we are meeting with strategic partner organizations to discuss how we can make the AHEC Scholars program fit into the larger puzzle of workforce development in healthcare.

Lastly, through our NAO Constituency operating groups, (the Center Director Constituency Group & the Program Director Constituency Group) we are pulling together all the ways in which our network is already addressing some of the issues encountered with planning and implementing the AHEC Scholars program.

As with all professional organizations, it is important that our members are part of the dialogue. We have many opportunities for NAO members to become involved through our committees. If you have skills you would like to share, please share them to benefit the future growth of NAO.

In service,


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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 -

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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.

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

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