NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit February 22nd, 2018

Reporting to you from the Board of Directors


NAO is really busy right now! Here’s a quick update with more to come soon:

Regarding the AHEC Scholars webpage – I apologize, it is almost ready. We will send an eblast as soon as it is ready, hopefully by the end of the week …construction delays are annoying on roads, homes, and webpages.

Center Directors and Program Directors – the date of March 21 was confirmed this week for a joint meeting. More on the time and connection information soon. Watch the Weekly Update.

Thanks to those who have already registered for the conference! A great group of reviewers has been studying the proposals and working toward selection and scheduling of sessions. There will be much more to share regarding scheduling in the next few weeks.

Awards! Please remember the deadline is coming up March 2 – I would encourage you to nominate yourself or another program or center. Please see the link to the nomination documents later in this Update.

Thank you to those who have already committed to sponsor or exhibit at the conference: Indiana AHEC Network, Nevada AHEC, Maryland AHEC West, Arizona Centers, North Carolina AHEC, Eastern West Virginia AHEC, NYS AHEC System, and Connect Us Health! See the exhibit and sponsorship information later in this Update to learn how you can also help sponsor.

And last, the answer to the last week’s NAO conference trivia question is Las Vegas in 2010 was when the awards were presented in the Donnie and Marie Room.

Working together

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

Legislative Update

From Dale Dirks, Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington

Budget and Appropriations Update

  • This week, the White House released its Fiscal Year 2019 budget request, outlining spending and related policy recommendations for federal programs. This is a non-binding document and includes the following:
    • $10 billion in opioid funding across the agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
    • Funding cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other health agencies.
    • Consolidation of chronic disease programs at CDC, and level funding for CDC’c Division of Viral Hepatitis.
    • Elimination of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
    • Medicare and Medicaid cuts and reforms that would undermine patient access.
  • Many of the recommendations made in the President's Budget Request have little to no support from Congress and are not likely to be enacted. Rather, Congress is working during the next several weeks to finish off the FY 2018 appropriations bills based on the overarching, bipartisan budget agreement reached last week, and will then turn to the FY 2019 appropriations bills.

National Training Center

Awesome provider feedback
Southwestern CT AHEC got some powerful feedback from a healthcare provider after a recent HPV training. She said, “I wanted to let you know that I saw an 11-year-old girl for a well visit yesterday and using the bundling approach (in which the HPV vaccine is recommended at the same time as other vaccines needed), I easily persuaded her and her mom to get the HPV vaccine. Good stuff!” What a great anecdote on how our work educating health professionals about HPV directly impacts vaccination. Way to go Southwestern CT!

Nearly 500 attend last HPV webinar!
Thanks to everyone who helped promote our webinar last week. We had nearly 500 people attend! The archive will be processed next week so stay tuned for the availability of the recording. In the meantime, here’s the links to our other archived webinars:

Register for the Next VICNetwork Webinar
Are you interested in learning how the HPV project can fit into an interprofessional educational topic? “An Interprofessional Approach to HPV and Oral Cancer Prevention Education” is set for Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2-3 p.m. ET. Register here: Please note: This webinar was rescheduled from an earlier date. This webinar is not hosted by the National AHEC Organization and will not count toward your training totals. We’re announcing it because we know so many of you will be interested in this topic as it relates to your AHEC grant from HRSA!

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

Updates from NAO Public Policy, Conference Planning, and Diversity Committees
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