NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit February 26th, 2018

Reporting to you from the Board of Directors

NAO Members

I am very pleased to announce that the AHEC Scholars webpage is ready! The purpose of the site is to provide members a way to share resources and communicate regarding AHEC Scholars and the core topics as we develop and implement the program. Please know that you may see changes to the site over the next few weeks as we learn and discover additions or changes that need to be made.

Because the AHEC Scholars webpage is on a new platform, it is not currently on the NAO website. The entire NAO website will be updated and moved to the new platform within the next few months.

To get to the AHEC Scholars page, enter the following into your browser:

No www. in front of the

The discussion and forum sections are members only, so if you haven't been on a members only page for a while you might have to find your password or reset it. You can do that by going to the NAO home page. When you attempt to log in, you'll have an opportunity to tell it you forgot your user id or password.

Remember, there is no one monitoring the site to respond — the responses will be made by each of us. Visit the site often to see questions and responses. We would very much appreciate your feedback as you visit and contribute to the site.

Thank you for your patience.

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

Legislative Update

Budget and Appropriations Update

  • Congress is set to return from the President's Day recess with the intent of finishing up Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations ahead of March 23rd when the current continuing resolution (CR) expires.

  • After finishing FY18 appropriations, Congress is expected to quickly pivot and begin work on FY19 appropriations. As a result of the recent overarching spending deal that added a significant increase in spending for both defense and non-defense discretionary programs we expect a less contentious process for fiscal year 2019.

National Training Center

Promote our next live webinar!
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.

How to de-bunk common arguments from anti-vaxxers
We all have that one Facebook "friend" who posts that vaccines cause autism. Or maybe it's the neighbor down the street who's organizing an anti-vaccine campaign. Anti-vaccinators can be very vocal. But remember they are definitely in the minority when it comes to their views. Here's a great video to counter each anti-vaccination argument point for point.

Vaccine safety FAQs updated
CDC's Immunization Safety Office has updated their HPV vaccine Frequently Asked Questions webpage. Check it out!

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: Please note that the deadline has been extended to March 15.

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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