NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit January 9th, 2018

Reporting to you from the Board of Directors

NAO Members

The Conference Planning Committee would like to announce that the deadline for calls for presentation at our July conference has been extended to January 19. We hope that will give you more time to prepare your submissions. As a reminder, the categories and a few examples of topics are:

Diversity: health disparities and inequities; students in rural America; teaching social determinants of health; implicit bias in medicine

Distribution: successful pipeline program and recruitment models; addressing critical workforce shortages; IPE initiatives in underserved/HPSA areas

Practice Transformation: utilizing technology to improve outcomes; reducing barriers to equitable care; involving health professions students in quality improvement projects

AHEC Fundamentals and Operations: innovations and/or best practices; entrepreneurship; board development; data management and security; contract negotiations,

Session options are single session, double session and a poster session.

We know you all have much to share with your colleagues and hope the extended deadline will give you more time to develop your proposal.

Center directors – I hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, January 10 for this month’s open call to learn more about quality improvement and evaluation and the core topic of social determinants of health.

As I mentioned last week, the Scholars webpage is almost ready. I’ll provide the access information in the next Weekly Update. Stay tuned!

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

National Training Center

Webinar Wednesday!
“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:

#AHEChpv: Are you using it?
Thanks to those AHECs using our new hashtag #AHEChpv for their social media posts: AHEC West (Maryland), Southeast Pennsylvania AHEC, Northern Nebraska AHEC, Scenic Rivers AHEC (Wisconsin), Three Rivers AHEC (Georgia), Southern Kentucky AHEC and Yankton Rural AHEC along with the many retweets from others! We are involved in a concerted effort to get more messages out via social media this month for Cervical Health Month! Would you be willing to post this message on your social media channels this week?

Parents: You are the key to closing the door to #CervicalCancer. Watch this video on the importance of #HPVvax: #CervicalHealthMonth #AHEChpv

Partnership leads to additional speaking, press for HPV education in South Dakota
Involved in the NAO HPV Project since Year 1, the Yankton Rural AHEC in South Dakota has forged a successful partnership with Dr. Mary Milroy. The retired breast surgeon has served as a speaker for numerous “You are the Key” presentations throughout the Midwest. Find out about how the partnership with Dr. Milroy lead to project success in our latest success story.

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 19, 2018 11:59 p.m. EST (deadline extended)
  • 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
Passcode: 33402919

  • Updates from Public Policy, Membership, and Conference Planning Committees
  • NAO Membership Survey Announcement
  • Learn More: AHEC Quality Improvement and Evaluation
  • HRSA Core Training Topic: Social Determinants of Health

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