NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit April 3rd, 2018

From the CEO's Office


Last week, NAO Board President Paula Overfelt announced my selection as Interim CEO of the National AHEC Organization. I am honored and excited to serve NAO in this capacity and will focus on providing essential leadership and support to the NAO Board in the areas of strategic planning, partner development and engagement, as well as supporting you, our members of NAO, especially in continuing to convey the very important messages of the value that we add to communities across the United States. I embrace this opportunity to serve as Staff with the passion, energy, enthusiasm and commitment that has resonated in my 34 years of AHEC service at the Center level, the Program Office level, on NAO Committees and the NAO Board, until May 21 when I accepted this opportunity.

Thank you to the NAO Board and to the NC AHEC Program for allowing me this unique opportunity. I look forward to serving along with you. There is much work to be done! Sursum et prorsum ad Excellentiam!

Onward and upward,


Jacqueline R. Wynn, MPH
Interim Chief Executive Officer
National AHEC Organization

Now, for this week’s updates:

AHEC Scholars logo - still in process but coming soon! We think you'll like it.

You may recall that in 2016, a Center Director Compensation Survey was conducted and presented to the CDCG. This year we are repeating the survey and we have added questions for program directors and committees to learn better how to meet your membership expectations. The survey will be sent to all NAO program and center directors and we ask that you please complete the survey by April 27 We will compile and present the results at our conference in July. We ask that you please be on the lookout for that email and that you respond quickly.

On April 3, 1973, the first Cell phone was developed in NY.

Today is Find a Rainbow Day:
The adage "April showers bring May flowers" may be true, but April showers also bring rainbows, and today is a day to go out and look for them. Rainbows are made by light reflecting, refracting, and dispersing in water droplets in the earth's atmosphere. Rainbows appear opposite the sun, but are not located in a specific spot—they can be viewed by looking through water droplets in the sky from a certain angle. The colors of the rainbow, from outside to inside, are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. These colors are remembered by learning the acronym "Roy G. Biv."

Find a Rainbow Day is being observed today! It has always been observed annually on April 3rd.

National Training Center

Public Health Week
This week is National Public Health Week, why not start a conversation on your social media accounts or newsletter about a Vaccine for CANCER PREVENTION! Just think a vaccine that can prevent a variety of cancers. Spread the word with these resources for professionals and students.

Site visit opportunity!
There may be an opportunity for a site visit to showcase the good work you’re doing for the HPV project! We are currently evaluating planned HPV education activities between April and August and will give preference to activities that take place in rural, frontier or underserved area or focused on providers who serve patients from those areas. What about IPE? Or another AHEC activity in a close timeframe? Let us know if you have ideas by dropping a note to

Promote our next live webinar!
We appreciate your support in promoting our next live webinar which is great for healthcare professionals and health professions students alike! It fits right into the core topics that AHECs can educate on as well as the community-based training components of our AHEC activities.

HPV-associated Oropharyngeal Cancer and Survivors’ Experiences of Treatment-Related Toxicity
Wednesday, April 25, Noon ET

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Presented by: Jonas Johnson, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC; Marci Nilsen, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing; and Lynne Williams, MD, PhD, Executive Director of Southwest Pennsylvania AHEC and Physician at Hilltop Community Health Center

Join us for an important look into HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer, survivor outcomes and the importance of the HPV vaccine.

  • Epidemiology, prevalence and treatment of oropharyngeal cancer
  • Patient-reported outcomes reflecting treatment related toxicities
  • Safety, efficacy, and importance of the HPV vaccine in cancer prevention.

2018 Conference News

This week’s Conference Trivia Question is: When was the first NAO Conference held and Where? The answer will be shared in the next Weekly Update.

Please remember to register. Important to note: Early Registration cutoff is May 15, 2018.

Also, please remember to reserve your room. The rate is guaranteed until June 8, 2018.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsor the Reception
Network with NAO Program Directors, Center Directors and Presenters as they gather to review & judge the entries in the poster competition. For more information, please view the 2018 Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus or contact Becky Schlevensky at

Exhibitor Opportunities
The 2018 NAO Conference Exhibition offers 20 hours of designated exhibit time within the exhibit hall over two and a half days. Booth and table options vary and start at $495. For more information, please view the 2018 Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus or contact Becky Schlevensky at

NAO Committee Corner:
Membership Updates & Opportunities

Will You Help to Make 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, April 24, 12:30 PST, 1:30p MST, 2:30p CST, and 3:30p 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.

Legislative Update


With the fiscal year (FY) 2018 appropriations bills finished, Congress will turn to the FY 2019 appropriations process after its Easter recess. It will be hard to top the increase in spending provided by the FY 2018 omnibus appropriations measure, but advocacy groups are now in the process of revising up their funding recommendations for FY 2019.

Prospects for swift action on health insurance market stabilization legislation are dimming. Although Senate HELP Committee counterparts Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) pushed for the legislation to be included in the FY 2018 omnibus appropriations measure, there was no real appetite among House Republicans to include cost sharing reduction payments and reinsurance in the big spending bill. Few potential vehicles for this legislation appear on the near horizon.

The Commonwealth Fund and Georgetown University’s Center for Health Insurance Reform released a new report highlighting the impact of the administration’s actions to push non-ACA compliant, alternative coverage options and short term, limited duration health plans – namely higher premiums and fewer protections for patients with chronic illnesses. Here’s a link to the press release and the full report.

Job Opportunities

Please remember to check out the Employment section of the NAO website for current job listings.

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