NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit January 30th, 2018

Reporting to you from the Board of Directors


The registration site for the NAO Biennial Conference will be ready soon, but for those of you ready to make your hotel reservations, here is the link to the Crystal Gateway Marriott:

Here’s a trivia question, especially for those of you who have been with AHEC a while: where was the 1990 NAO Conference held? Answer in the next Weekly Update? Do you have trivia that would be fun to share, share it with me!

NAO Website – Profile:
Please take a look at your profile in the NAO directory to make certain it is up to date. You’ll also want to make certain your password is up to date since that is how you’ll reach certain resources within the AHEC Scholars site.

Tom Knight, Director, North Central Region, West Texas AHEC, has developed a map of our AHEC program offices and centers. View the PDF here. Before we post this on the NAO website, we want to make certain all program offices and centers are included. Would you please check for your site and email me with needed changes. We very much appreciate Tom’s work on behalf of NAO on this project and look forward to posting it on the website.

This week’s message from Dale Dirks of Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington.

  • Efforts to stabilize individual health insurance markets is getting a fresh look by Congress. There is growing momentum behind an Alexander-Murray-type bipartisan effort. Although there aren’t many details available, there is now more emphasis on reinsurance and less emphasis on cost sharing reduction payments. Axios: ACA Stabilization Bill is Getting a Serious Second Look
  • At the beginning of the week, Congress passed and the President signed another continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government at FY 2017 levels through February 8th, ending a three-day government shutdown that began last weekend. The CR includes a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and a two-year delay of the medical device tax, but does not address topics such as immigration, health centers, the National Health Service Corps, or overall FY2018 spending caps. Another CR is likely to pass to extend funding past the February 8th deadline, but there is optimism that budget talks during the next few weeks will yield an overarching agreement on budget caps that would allow legislators to finish up the FY 2018 appropriations process with higher numbers for defense and non-defense discretionary spending during the next month or so.
  • The President’s budget proposal for FY 2019, which was expected to be delivered to Congress in the first week of February, has been delayed to February 12th. There are rumors that the Administration will propose up to a 30% cut to the National Institutes of Health for FY 2019 and additional significant cuts (bigger than the proposed cuts for FY 2018) for other Public Health Service agencies—HRSA, CDC, SAMHSA, FDA, etc. Congress has summarily rejected these cuts in its appropriations bills, but it is still daunting to consider these recommendations.
  • The Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Alex Azar as the new HHS Secretary, succeeding former Secretary Tom Price after he resigned at the end of last year. Secretary Azar worked previously as president of Eli Lilly’s US division and served as HHS general counsel and, later, deputy secretary under President George W. Bush. He has stated an interest in tackling rising drug prices and the opioid abuse crisis.

Working together

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

National Training Center

Promoting our next webinar to health professions students!
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
  • National webinars reach rural providers
    Relying on repeat customers is never a bad thing – even when it comes to provider education! The National AHEC Organization has been hosting national webinars aimed at health professionals and health professions students since the HPV Immunization Project began in 2014. And since then, attendance numbers have grown from 73 on the first national webinar to nearly 600 on the latest offering - a 700% increase! “Using webinar technology allows us to reach those healthcare providers who can’t frequently travel away from their practice to receive quality continuing education,” said Gretchen Forsell, HPV Immunization Project Director. “We’ve found we’re really able to make an impact especially in those rural, frontier and underserved areas – the providers who don’t have access to large-scale quality improvement projects most often available in urban settings.” Learn more about how we generate attendance and our reach in the latest success story. Do you have a success story to share? It’s as simple as answering a few questions. We’d love to feature you next!

    2018 Conference News

    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?

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