NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit April 24rd, 2018

From the CEO's Office


What an Exciting Week for NAO! On this Thursday, April 26, our NAO President, Paula Overfelt will be providing a testimony on NAO. Paula will be joined in Washington DC with our President Elect, Mindy Bateman. In addition to the testimony, while in DC, Paula and Mindy will be doing a quick visit with our hotel for our 2016 Conference. They will also try to say hello to our AHEC HRSA Staff in while in DC. Please join me in sending good thoughts to Paula and Mindy. We also invite you to view the testimony at:". Many thanks to our Dale Dirks and Joshua Lewis for their leadership and guidance. We look forward to Paula and Mindy’s report in next Week’s Update.

Also, please note a couple of reminders for this week:

Thanks to all who have completed our NAO Survey, we are at approximately 50%, and would love to have every Center and Program participate. The survey has been 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. Thank you to those who have already completed the survey. If you are a director and did not receive an email from me with the link, please complete it here:

Important NAO Conference Deadlines: T-0: 75 Days and Counting

Please remember to register and reserve your room by the deadlines.

AHEC Scholars Logo: As you know we are working on the AHEC Scholars logo and we are almost there. The Committee is diligent and want to assure that everyone’s voice is heard.

NAO Website: Be on the lookout for the announcement of our new NAO Website launch.

Onward and upward,


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

National Training Center

Webinar this week!
Please promote this to healthcare professionals in your area as well as health professions students:

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.

HPV special project funding opportunity
Look for additional information in your inbox this week regarding a Request for Proposals for HPV special projects. This opportunity will be open to all NAO members NOT just those who are already participating in our project. These special projects, for the purposes of this RFA, will be focused on:

  • Activities and programs that the AHECs may provide in their local areas, regions or states to increase HPV awareness, knowledge, and/or skills of providers
  • Provide special training to health professional students and practitioners
  • Change practices of health professionals
  • Assess the impact of their efforts to improve HPV vaccination rates

Start thinking about what activity you might want to propose and look for detailed instructions soon!

Texas utilizes strong AHEC connections to educate health professions students
An AHEC’s service as an advisory board member for a local community college provided an opportunity for HPV education for health professions students there. Mid Rio Grande Border AHEC (MRGBAHEC) has many partners within their community to whom they provide educational resources and opportunities to: Brightwood College in Laredo, TX, being one of them. Read more about HPV success in Texas.

2018 Conference News

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.

Day 1 - Conference Opening Plenary Speaker:
Jon David Doolittle, CEO

Monday, July 9, 8:30 a.m.

The 2018 NAO Biennial Conference will kick-off its first day’s opening session program by featuring a national leader in acute care rural health. The plenary session theme will be how, “We Get to Serve Our Communities” that will provide parallel insights that foster the AHEC mission.

Jon D. Doolittle is the Regional President of Northwest Medical Center (NMC), a critical access hospital that includes four primary care clinics and a home health agency located in in Albany, Missouri. The American Hospital Association (AHA)Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities defines “a vulnerable community as a population that, due to their individual circumstances, is much more likely to be in poor health and have disabling conditions.” Critical access hospitals face some of the greatest barriers in all domains of federal, state, community and provider support issues and resource disparities. These facilities are experiencing the most significant risks to sustaining access-to-care, and their survival is dependent on the development of emerging strategies and partnerships to ensure stability for the provision of healthcare services to our most economically and environmentally challenged regions.

Doolittle joined NMC in 2010 and has since revised the governance structure, expanded primary care services, added outpatient services through traditional and telehealth integration and grown their inpatient market share. In 2014, NMC began to operate as part of Mosaic Life Care, a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a carefully chosen group of like-minded organizations that share a common commitment to improving the delivery of health care in their communities through high-quality, data-driven, evidence-based medical care.

As a healthcare leader, Doolittle enjoys engaging in industry leadership service as a member of the AHA’s Regional Policy Board, a member of the Board of Regents of Conception Seminary College, and as a member of boards of the Missouri Hospital Association, Healthcare Services Group and the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri.

Doolittle’s previous healthcare experience includes more than eleven years working in a variety of roles with Cerner Corporation, a healthcare information systems company. He also worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City at the beginning of his career. He earned his bachelors degree from Harvard University where he concentrated in Government studies. He is inspired to serve his community from an office in the hospital where he was born, and where he feels honored to be supporting the healthcare needs of his home region, in working together to build an exemplar site for rural life care.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Conference Padfolio
Customized with your company logo, NAO logo and event dates, the Conference Padfolio Sponsor receives all benefits of Gold Sponsors, with the padfolio serving as the designated "marketing material" benefit of the Silver Sponsorship. 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

Legislative Update


On Thursday, April 26 at 10:00 AM, the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee will be holding a public witness hearing on FY2019 appropriations priorities. This is the only public witness hearing scheduled so far for FY 2019. Witnesses include a number of representatives from health advocacy groups, including the Alzheimer’s Association, the National AHEC Organization, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Click here for more information.


This week, a letter was sent to Congressional Leadership expressing concerns about the impact of a proposed rule regarding short-term limited duration health care plans. This letter, signed by 113 patient organizations, noted that these plans are not required to adhere to the standards required by the Affordable Care Act, including the ten essential health benefit categories and other consumer protections. Please see the final letter attached.


On Tuesday, HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan held a meeting with attendees from patient advocacy groups, including the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, The National Health Council, and others. The gathering was part of Secretary Alex Azar’s efforts to ensure patients and their representatives have their voices heard throughout potential reforms to health care. Click here to read more.

We will continue to keep you updated on new developments.

Job Opportunities

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