NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit April 11th, 2018

Reporting to You from the Board of Directors


I think it’s safe for me to ask the question “ isn’t this crazy weather we’re having right now?” The past two Sundays in St. Joseph, Missouri, we had snow – in April! Wednesday it will be 70 degrees, compared to 18 last week and 28 degrees this morning at 6:30 am! I see that many of you in the East are expecting the 20s this week too. Crazy as it may seem, the year is marching on. In three months, we’ll be in Arlington, Virginia at the conference and most likely the weather will be sweltering and we’ll be thinking back to a little cooler weather in April!

We continue to be excited about the increase of $8 million to AHEC funding. Thank you so much for all the many contacts you made and to the Public Policy Committee and Health and Medicine Counsel for their dedication to this work. NAO leadership has been in contact with HRSA regarding the plans for allocating the increase. They do not have a response to the question yet, but we’ll continue to share information as we learn.

Last week, program and center directors received an email with the link to the 2018 NAO Membership Survey. Thank you to representatives of PDCG leadership, CDCG leadership, and committee chairs worked together to develop this survey. Thank you to those who have already completed the survey. If you have not, please complete the survey as soon as possible. We try very hard to keep the email database up to date, but we know it is not always so. If you are a director and did not receive an email from me with the link, please complete it here:

As usual, I’ll direct you to the AHEC Scholars website. New resources are being added weekly – please check them out. Discussion questions are welcomed also!

Two articles in the April 5, 2018 edition of HRSA enews that we thought you might enjoy reading if you do not receive this publication.

Health Equity Report 2017
The 2017 Health Equity Report presents a comprehensive analysis of HRSA’s program efforts in reducing health disparities and promoting health equity for various populations at the national, state, and local levels.

The Report addresses HRSA’s key Strategic Plan goals of improving access to quality health care and services, strengthening the health workforce, building healthy communities, and improving health equity.

Trends in health disparities and improvements in health equity are presented for a number of program areas, including maternal and child health, primary health care access and quality, health care systems, HIV/AIDS, mental and behavioral health, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, health workforce, and rural-urban and geographic disparities.

Read the report (PDF - 2.75 MB) or download a high-resolution printer version (PDF - 39.6 MB).

Health Workforce Projections
We help public and private organizations understand how changes in population will affect future workforce demands. We estimate the supply and demand, and distribution of, health care workers to inform public policy to help prevent both shortages and surpluses.

These U.S. Workforce projections present the national supply of, and demand for, health professions by discipline, using the following:

HRSA’s Health Workforce Simulation Model (PDF - 1 MB)

Technical Documentation for Health Resources Service Administration’s Health Workforce Simulation Model (2.1 MB).

Working together

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

National Training Center

It’s Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week
Did you know it’s Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week? Head and neck HPV-related cancers are expected to outnumber cervical cancers by 2020! As part of our awareness campaign, participating AHECs are posting about this awareness week on their social media channels. Here are some sample messages you can use to help our cause:

  • DYK? According to a Harris Interactive survey, 71% of Americans say they have not been examined by a medical professional for oral, head, & neck cancer. Given the rise in oral cancers related to #HPV screening for early detection is more than important than ever! #AHEChpv
  • What exactly is HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer? HPV can infect the mouth & throat & cause cancers of the oropharynx (back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils). Learn more here: #AHEChpv
  • Stewart Lyman, Ph.D. shares his #HPV story as a Tonsil Cancer Survivor! "I’m sharing my story for one simple reason: I don’t want anyone else to go through what I did.” Lyman is a strong #HPVvax supporter & his personal story is truly touching! #AHEChpv
  • Check out “50 Facts about Oral, Head, & Neck Cancer” from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery to learn more about these cancers as well as HPV-associated cancers. #AHEChpv

Showcasing our rural niche
Despite decreases in cancer death rates nationwide, CDC research indicates slower reduction in cancer death rates in rural America compared with those living in urban areas. As part of the HPV project, we’ve made it a priority to collect practice location of those providers who attend our HPV trainings. This data helps us to showcase our ability – our niche – in training rural providers which has set us apart from other CDC national grantees working on increasing HPV vaccination. Becky Dawson, our AHEC Integration Project Specialist, has been busy developing uniform state maps that indicate which counties are considered rural. We’re in the process of rolling those out to aid participating AHECs in their reports!

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

Register Now

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

The answer to last week's Conference Trivia Question is: Charleston in 1990.

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.

2018 NAO Biennial Conference Awards
Program Agenda Highlights

The opening Day One, Monday, July 9th of the 2018 NAO Biennial Conference on, looks to be a very dynamic and special event-filled day. The morning and luncheon presentations will respectively highlight our NAO Centers of Excellence Awards for Distribution and Diversity selections.

That same evening, for the first time ever, we will be taking our NAO Awards Ceremony and dinner event to the water. There, we will close out the day’s awards announcing the NAO Legacy Awards and NAO Past President’s Award that night aboard the Odyssey Harbor Cruise on the Potomac River. Shuttle service is all set to escort you both to and from the hotel for a most enjoyable program and scenic view of the National Mall. Our top NAO national program models and community program leaders will be honored on this floating stage.

Day Two,Tuesday, July 10th, will lead us in the spirit of rounding out our triple goal theme during the NAO Conference opening presentations for our NAO Centers of Excellence in Practice Transformation Award to this part of our programming. The business meeting luncheon will include updates from HRSA and presentation of the President’s Award. We will later end Day Two with the 2018 NAO Conference Poster Awards at the closing session.

Odyssey Harbor Cruise

Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. offer so many exciting, unique, and interesting activities for you and your family to enjoy. Monuments and memorials, free museums, eclectic neighborhoods full of local flavor – the nation’s capital truly is America’s front yard! For ideas of what to do and places to eat while in the area, check out the Arlington and Washington, D.C. Visitors Bureaus. The conference host hotel, the Crystal Gateway Marriott concierge, will also be glad to help you plan adventures during your stay.

Don’t forget to book a tour of the U.S. Capitol through the offices of your Congressional Representatives or Senators when scheduling your Day on the Hill visits on Wednesday, July 11th!

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsor a Conference Breakout Session
Sponsoring one or more sessions at the 2018 NAO Conference means recognition as an NAO supporter and gets your name in front of the attendees in the session room and in the Conference program. 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


  • Congress returns this week to begin work on fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations bills. NAO is recommending $40 million for the AHEC program for FY 2019.
  • The House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing this week to examine the health workforce with an emphasis on rural communities. Witnesses include Tom Morris, Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration; and Luis Padilla, MD, Associate Administrator for Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration. The hearing will be webcast: House Hearing

Other News

Center Directors

Center Director Constituency Group
All Center Directors

The call scheduled for today, April 11th has been cancelled.

Job Opportunities

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