NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit January 2nd, 2018

Reporting to you from the Board of Directors

Happy New Year! I know many of you have been out of the office, and I hope you’ve had an enjoyable time with family and friends, and yet some restful, refreshing time also.

What are NAO and our AHEC programs and centers looking forward to in 2018?

This is the year for AHEC Scholars – planning is underway in every program and center with implementation coming soon. We are very near the launch of a “mini-site” for AHEC Scholars on our NAO website. We hope it will be a helpful site where we can all share information and learn from each other. We anticipate the launch by mid-January. Please stay tuned and start thinking of how you can contribute.

NAO Website – we are anticipating an updated website by spring. We know there is much outdated information on the site, so we are archiving much of it and will be adding updated information. If there is something you would like to see on the website, please contact me, Shawn Houck, or Christina Mathis at

Our biennial conference will be held July 8-11, 2018. You see it every week in this update, but I hope you will begin to make plans now that it’s 2018. First, submit a proposal for a presentation or a poster. This past year our center implemented a program we learned about at the 2016 conference. Please plan to share what your center or program office has developed, implemented, and/or learned with other AHECs. Soon, we’ll begin to share more about the plenary speakers and the program in this Weekly Update.

Second, there are two events you’ll want to plan your travel schedule around. New Director’s Orientation will begin at 12 noon on Sunday, July 8. Many of you are new directors, so please plan to attend! The constituency groups will also meet that Sunday at 4 pm – directors, you’ll want to be there for those meetings. The morning of July 11 we will gather in one of the Senate Office Buildings before we begin our visits to our senators and congressmen. It is extremely important that visits be made with our congressional representatives while we are in Washington DC. We’ll keep you advised on the plans as they develop. We hope you plan to attend!

As mentioned in the last update, we are in a search for an interim CEO. The deadline to express interest is January 5. I will keep you posted as we identify that person. Until then, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Again, happy 2018 – I know it will be a great year for each of our AHECs and NAO.

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

National Training Center

Next webinar for health professionals!
“Perspectives on Vaccine Hesitancy” is the topic for our next webinar targeted to health professionals at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10. Dr. Gary S. Marshall, professor of pediatrics chief at the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, will present information about why people accept anecdotal experiences as indicative of causal relationships; how to counteract thought patterns that lead to vaccine refusal; and how to maintain high immunization rates despite pervasive vaccine hesitancy. Continuing education credits are pending for this webinar! Please promote to health professionals in your area! Registration link:

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 Monday, Jan. 8, noon ET. Register here: Please note: 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

Call for Presentation Proposals

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the National AHEC Organization, the Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a concurrent session podium presentation during the upcoming for the 2018 NAO Biennial Conference scheduled for July 8-11, 2018, in Washington, DC.

The programming will focus on the 2018 conference theme,
AHEC on the Hill: Diversity, Distribution and Practice Transformation.

Proposal submissions should seek to align with the main conference goals:

  • Provide practical skills and information to implement or improve AHEC-sponsored programs
  • Enhance the professional development of AHEC directors, staff and board members
  • Enable participants to develop new approaches that advance the AHEC mission

Submission Timeline

  • Submission deadline January 9, 2018 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Notification on or before March 9, 2018
  • Acceptance Deadline March 16, 2018
  • Presentation slides due on or before June 1, 2018

There will be three submission categories for concurrent sessions:

  • Single Session Forums
  • Double Session Small Group Educational Activities
  • Poster Presentations

For more details and proposal submission guidelines, go to:

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

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
1:00 – 2:00 PM EDST
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  • Learn More: AHEC Quality Improvement and Evaluation
  • HRSA Core Training Topic: Social Determinants of Health

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