NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit February 13th, 2018

Reporting to you from the Board of Directors

Happy Valentine’s Day

I hope you have all been on the conference registration site – registration for the July conference is now open! A group of about 18 people are currently reviewing the 81 abstracts that were submitted for the breakout sessions and poster presentations. When that process is complete, the final agenda will be developed, and that page added to the conference site.

The conference trivia question for this week is: What conference did we have the Awards Presentation in the Donny and Marie Room? What year?

Nominations for the NAO awards are also open – please note that deadline is March 2, which is coming up quickly. We all know there are many individuals, programs, and centers who are worthy to be nominated. See the information later in this update.

Several dates for your calendars:

February 14 – Center Director Constituency Group – see information later in this update for information on how to connect. Please join us!

A joint Program Director Constituency Group and Center Director Constituency Group meeting is in the planning stages. The focus on that session will be to discuss AHEC Scholars – please watch for the date and time and plan to participate.

Mark your calendars – HRSA announced the upcoming webinar for Wednesday, March 7 at 2:00-4:00 p.m. (ET). This webinar will focus on the AHEC Scholars Program requirement and will provide AHEC grantees with guidance and technical assistance on implementing the Program.

Objectives of the Webinar:

  • Provide an overview and further clarifications on the AHEC Scholars Program requirements
  • Highlight different grantees’ experiences in establishing an AHEC Scholars Program
  • Discuss key changes regarding AHEC Performance Measures as they relate to the AHEC Scholars Program

Program and center directors are invited to attend. We will include the Adobe Link and Call-in information when provided.

Working together

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

Legislative Update

Report from Dale P. Dirks, Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington to NAO

Friday, February 9, Congress passed and the president signed another short-term continuing resolution (CR), keeping federal agencies operating at their fiscal year (FY) 2017 levels through March 23rd. This important measure also included a long-anticipated overarching spending deal on discretionary budget caps for fiscal year 2018 and 2019. The legislation adds significant spending amounts for both defense and non-defense discretionary programs, clearing the way for Congress to finish work on the 12 annual FY 2018 appropriations bills between now and March 23rd and setting up a much less contentious path for the FY 2019 appropriations process. The legislation also extends the debt ceiling through March 2, 2019.

  1. The budget legislation includes a number of health-related provisions, either extending existing programs or making changes to other health authorities. Key items include:
    • Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Provides an additional four-year extension of CHIP on top of the six-year extension approved by Congress last month (a total of ten years).
    • Community Health Centers, Teaching Health Centers, and National Health Service Corps: Extends funding through FY 2019.
    • Opioids: Provides $6 billion ($3 billion in FY 2018 and $3 billion in FY 2019) for treatment of mental health issues and opioid addiction. Spending details will be determined in the appropriations bills.
    • Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Payments: Delays the ACA-scheduled cuts to Medicaid DSH for two years.
    • Medicare: Accelerates the closing of the "doughnut hole" in Medicare drug coverage that requires seniors to pay thousands of dollars out-of-pocket before catastrophic coverage kicks in.
    • Assumes additional funding for agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Education. Final, specific FY 2018 funding decisions for most health and education programs will be determined as Congress finishes off the annual appropriations bills.
  2. The deal utilizes funding from the Prevention and Public Health Fund(PPHF). to offset the cost of funding some of the aforementioned programs. The PPHF takes a cut of $1.35 billion over the next ten years, significantly less than what was proposed by the initial House CR (which was not enacted).
  3. The White House is expected to issue its budget proposal for FY 2019. The funding recommendations in the president’s budget proposal are expected to be very low and not reflective of the overarching deal just made. Congress will not use the White House funding recommendations as the basis for the FY 2019 appropriations process – rather, it will proceed based on the funding levels agreed to in the just-passed budget deal.

National Training Center

Webinar this week!
With a strong science base, our next HPV webinar is a perfect learning opportunity for health professions students. How can you help spread the word? Here are some ideas!
Send the promotional information below to:

  • Your AHEC board members affiliated with educational institutions
  • College health professions majors (connect with their secretaries or advisors) and ask them to forward to faculty and staff; the major’s listserv; any clubs or pre-professional organizations
  • Clinic/scheduling coordinators for health students
  • Educational institution department chairs and faculty members you’ve connected with in the past
  • Your social media channels and tag the school/university (using the specific department when available) on Facebook and Twitter

“How HPV Causes Cancer and Why it Still Matters”
3 p.m. ET, Thursday, Feb. 15
Register Now
Presented by: Dr. Peter Angeletti, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Center for Virology, School of Biological Sciences

  • The biology of HPV and its infection
  • How the virus replicates and hides from the immune system
  • How HPV causes cancer
  • Evidence of different manifestations of HPV-related dysplasia
  • Rationale for adopting an effective HPV vaccination strategy
  • Efficacy evidence of the current vaccine
  • Project 1-pager update
    We have updated our project 1-pager to include information about our impact and our reach into the rural and underserved healthcare providers. It also includes a list of our resources and partnerships. Check it out!

    Roundtable participation beneficial
    What exactly is an HPV roundtable? What are the benefits to participating in a coalition? Partnerships Project Specialist Kelly Owens created this document to explain more and how to get involved. If you are already involved in a roundtable or state coalition, you may want to check out resources available here.

    2018 Conference News

    Conference Registration

    Registration for the conference is now open! Please visit, to access current information on the July conference. We'll add the agenda and other information as it becomes available.

    Awards Information

    As we are preparing for our 2018 NAO Conference that will be held July 8-11, 2018 in the Washington DC area, we invite you to nominate centers and programs for the Awards that will be presented at the 2018 Conference.

    Categories for this year's awards include 3 Legacy Awards and 3 Center of Excellence Awards. The Center of Excellence (COE) Awards (Information and Nomination Form) have been redesigned to align with HRSA's three overarching priorities and are: Distribution, Diversity and Practice Transformation. The legacy awards remain the same and are the Eugene S. Mayer Program of Excellence Award, the Andy Nichols Award for Social Justice and the Red Koelling Distinguished Service Award. The linked documents describe the criteria for nominating and the review criteria that will be used for each award.

    So, if you know of a program or center, including your center or program that is deserving of the award, we encourage you to please complete and email the nomination form and supporting materials to: no later than March 2, 2018.

    Vendor and Exhibitor Opportunities

    Dear Centers and Program Offices

    In an effort to have a STRONG show of vendors and exhibitors at the 2018 National AHEC Conference, we are asking each of you to submit names of companies and organizations you work with in your daily AHEC operations that we can approach as potential sponsors and exhibitors. Even local companies have the ability to market and sell to a larger audience, so we would love to know what who you work with!

    For example, in Missouri, we all do dissection activities with our high school students, so and we mostly all use Carolina Biological for supplies and specimens. This is an online company we could reach out to see if they’re interested in having a booth to directly market to other centers around the nation with similar high school programs. And in Tampa Florida, they’ve used the same local print shop for years and years – we can ask the manager there if she’d sponsor the conference badges, lanyards, or other promotional items. (Don’t worry if a company you work with doesn’t seem like a “fit” -- the Conference Planning Committee can review your suggestions and make those determinations).

    So please submit your ideas to Becky Schlevensky at or 414-908-4953 Ext. 111 right away. Include the company/organization names, brief descriptions of how you work with them, and the names/emails of any contacts you have. Becky will follow up with them directly or reach out to their marketing/sales departments.

    Other News

    Center Directors

    Center Director Constituency Group
    All Center Directors

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    1:00 – 2:00 PM EDST
    Passcode: 33402919

    • Updates from Public Policy, Membership, and Conference Planning Committees
    • Learn More: Community Health Workers
    • HRSA Core Training Topic: Cultural Competency

    Watch for announcement of special CDCG webinar in partnership with PDCG in February!

    AHEC Scholars--where are we now and what's next?

    Summer Health Professions Education Program

    Health Careers Collaborative Opportunity for NAO Membership
    with the Association of American Medical Colleges
    Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)


    View the Program PDF Here

    The Summer Health Professions Education Program (formerly SMDEP) sponsored by the AAMC, serves as the free, six-week academic enrichment program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Eligible students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

    The NAO membership has been invited to partner with AAMC to share resource information about the SHPEP opportunity links and program brochure in your service regions, to better support and facilitate access to interested health career students who may benefit.

    The AAMC encourages participants to apply and take the opportunity to join this FREE, summer enrichment program that is filled with countless career development opportunities.

    Learn more about the new educational opportunities provided by the program and apply today at

    Students are encouraged to apply early since the application deadline is quickly approaching on February 15, 2018.

    Job Opportunities

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