NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit September 8th, 2017

From the CEO's Office

We hold all who were and are currently being affected by the Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the Gulf Coast and the wildfires in the eight Western states in thought and prayers. In times of natural disasters, we in the AHEC community come together to support and be of service to each other. Please forward updates of your program and center offices to me so we can keep everyone updated. I can be reached by email at

We learned last week that there is possible movement in Congress on the reauthorization of the AHEC program. As previously reported the NAO board has established a taskforce of NAO members to help guide our organization in determining the best direction for the future. As a reminder, our past reauthorization expired in 2015 and Congress has expressed a desire to fund programs that are authorized as a priority. As previously reported we are seeking a reauthorization so that our funding levels can meet our programmatic needs. We are monitoring this development closely and will be consulting our team in DC and let the membership know when there are steps to take.

Our planning continues for the annual conference in 2018. Please mark your calendars for July 8-11, 2018.

In previous updates I have asked for you to share with me your thoughts of goals for NAO over the next three years if resources were no object. I have received a few responses and really appreciate them. Keep them coming!

In service,


National Training Center

HPV Project funded for Year 4

We just received word last week that NAO’s continuation application has been approved for funding into Year 4 for the HPV Project. We will be preparing our plan for Year 4 and hope to announce project requirements and application process soon!

Project specialist applications

We received a number of applications for the Project Specialist-AHEC Integration opening on our HPV Project leadership team! The next step will to be review and conduct interviews. Thanks to all of the applicants and we will be in touch soon!

Expanding Lupus Education Resources

As NAO enters year three of our partnership with the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and The Lupus Initiative®, ACR is offering NAO members and partners expanded educational offerings with current and important lupus CME. The free on-line trainings will help AHEC staff and clinical partners gain a deeper understanding of how to provide quality care for those diagnosed with or at higher risk of lupus. Eight different continuing education sessions ranging from health disparity topics to dermatology are .5 to 1.0 CME credits each. Promoting or facilitating these sessions is recommended for AHECs that largely serve African American, Hispanic, and/or American Indian/Alaskan Native populations, and could help get your center and constituents primed for participating in the next round of program awards!

Check out ACR’s easily accessible CME here and stay tuned for the year three funding announcement in September.

NAO Committee Corner:
Membership Updates & Opportunities

Name of NAO Committee: Communications Committee

Committee Co-Chairs:

Shawn Houck, RN, MSN, Coordinator, Regional Education, Greensboro AHEC, A member of the NC AHEC network

Andrea Novak, PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, Administrator for Nursing, Allied & Public Health CE Southern Regional AHEC, Fayetteville, NC, A member of the NC AHEC network

Co-Chair Contact Information:

Shawn Houck: Phone # 336.832.3947

Andrea Novak: Phone # 910.678.7216

Committee Focus of Work:

  • Role is to be the eyes & ears to ensure the NAO network is cohesively and comprehensively integrated toward our universal mission & vision
  • Provide recommendations to support a consistent image and branding for a unified look and identity to support the internal network membership and external strategic partners
  • National level NAO information is provided as a resource to be translated to regional and local users
  • Integrate communications more diagonally across the organization structure to support enhanced engagement connectivity and adaptive responsiveness to changing healthcare environment
  • Interface with digital technology platform production multimodalities for the NAO website, social media, e-mail blasts and NAO Weekly newsletter to review and consult to provide NAO membership and external relations communications recommendations and fulfillment strategies serving the NAO Board with contracted association management services and social media provider
  • Collaborate and evaluate new and updated media platform options for changes to better deliver combined support of value messaging for both internal members and external stakeholder partnerships for NAO and the National Training Center

Subcommittees include:Partnership support of NAO standing committees for communication support; FY’2017 focal, strategic priority work plan support through integration with NAO’s Conference Planning, Diversity and Public Policy Committees

Recent Successes to Share:

  • Communications Committee provided support for 2016 marketing/e-blasts NAO Biennial Conference preparations and worked with Conference Planning & Public Policy to develop and coordinate production for materials/supply production of Count Down to the Capitol campaign
  • Consulting support of NAO 2018 NAO Biennial Conference theme and logo icon branding development and ongoing communications plan and production
  • Development and production coordination of the new NAO Monday (now Weekly) Update column feature – NAO Committee Corner: Membership Updates & Opportunities begun June 2017

New Member Opportunities: New members are welcome at any time. Contact Shawn Houck or Andrea Novak for interests at the above contact information.

Meeting Schedule/Call Information: Monthly conference call meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 2-3 p.m. EST.

Other News

Center Director Constituency Group Call – for all members!

Wednesday, September 13

12 noon CST (1 p.m. EST)
Passcode: 33402919

Topic: Sharing Interest Groups

Program Directors and Center Directors

It’s our annual NAO Membership renewal campaign with our dues payable by September 30, 2017.

For your convenience, you can now renew your membership by visiting the NAO website at If you have difficulties connecting, contact CustomerCare by phone at (414) 908-4953 or by email at

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