NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit June 7th, 2018

Reporting to You from the Board of Directors


It’s hard to believe, but the conference will be here in just a bit over a month! The deadline for the hotel reservations at the conference rate is this Friday, June 8! The contact information is on the conference webpage on the NAO website. The Crystal Gateway Marriott is a beautiful hotel, with free shuttle from the airport and easy access to the Metro. It you are not a Marriott Rewards member, join now for free WIFI in your room!

Grantees, you should have received a survey asking if you wish to have the customized AHEC Scholars logo for your state. If you have not completed it, please do so soon since we would like to submit all the requests to the graphic designer at one time. If you did not receive it, please contact me and I will send the survey to you (

There were over 200 of us on the May 23 HRSA technical assistance webinar. The documents presented during the webinar have been posted on the AHEC Scholars page on the NAO website if you were unable to download them that day. If you were unable to attend, the recording of the webinar on the required statewide evaluation plan is available at Thank you to the AHECs that presented – great job!

Continuing with HRSA information, a letter was sent to Dr. Padilla at HRSA signed by Jacqueline and me. We recently received a response where Dr. Padilla indicating they will have more information to share with stakeholders once they have finalized the 2018 implementation plan. Dr. Padilla is on the schedule to speak at the conference.

An ad hoc committee chaired by Mindy Bateman, President Elect, has concluded its work on the NAO Bylaws and the revisions have been approved by the Board of Directors. The NAO Bylaws require these be made available for member review 30 days prior to the vote. The vote will be on July 10, during the membership meeting at the bi-annual NAO Conference in DC. Please contact Mindy ( with any questions regarding the bylaws. You can view the bylaws here.

Stay cool in the summer heat! See you in July!

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

National Training Center

Grant is in!
Just last week we submitted our non-competing continuation application for Year 5 of the HPV project along with our annual performance measure report. Whew! While we await word of approval, we want to thank you for your efforts so far in Year 4 and hope you are gearing up for a productive final year of the project.

Welcome to new state entity: Virginia!
Aileen Harris of Capital AHEC in Virginia will now be leading HPV education efforts in her state for the remainder of this grant year. Welcome aboard, Aileen!

Register today for our next live HPV webinar
Please promote our next live webinar to health professionals in your area:

You Are the Key: Best Practices for HPV Cancer Prevention
2 p.m., Tuesday, June 12
Register Now
Presented by: Betty Lo, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics; Director of Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program at Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Continuing education credits pending

Low HPV vaccination rates are leaving boys and girls vulnerable to devastating HPV cancers. Have you been making an effective HPV vaccination recommendation for kids 11 and 12 years old? This presentation will provide up-to-date information on HPV infection/disease, the HPV vaccine, ACIP recommendations, and ways to successfully communicate with patients and their parents about HPV vaccination. Find out how to reduce missed opportunities by recommending HPV vaccine the same way and same day you recommend other routinely recommended adolescent vaccines. Learn best practices from other medical offices across the nation that are making HPV vaccination a priority.

CME/CE credits pending!

2018 Conference News

Please remember to register.

Also, please remember to reserve your room. The rate is guaranteed until June 8, 2018.

AHEC on the Hill, July 11th

We look forward to seeing AHEC’s representation on Capitol Hill on July 11th during the AHEC on the Hill: Diversity, Distribution, and Practice Transformation Conference, July 8 – 11th, 2018 in Washington, DC.

What to do from now until you arrive in DC.
Please call your Congressional members’ offices to schedule your visits on July 11th. We urge you to schedule visits starting at 10:15 a.m. with your two Senators offices then spend the rest of the day making visits to your Representatives in the House. Why the late start? We will have a small awards ceremony in 216 Hart Senate office building from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

We will provide NAO advocacy packets.
NAO will provide legislative packets, leave-behind pocket folders for each member of Congress.  Each NAO Advocacy Packet for legislators will include an NAO “Ask” One-Pager and National Annual Data Highlights. There will be room in the packets for your business card, your State Data One-Pager for you to insert, and any state or local information you would like to share with your elected officials. – Senate office information – House office information

More information will be shared in future Weekly Updates. 

If you have any questions, please email Kristina Fjeld-Sparks at:

NAO Committee Corner:
Membership Updates & Opportunities

Will You Help to Make a Difference in NAO Membership?
The NAO Membership Committee is seeking new members to help us reach our goals for this next year. Center Directors and Program Directors are needed. Will you be a part of strengthening our organization and improving NAO benefits and services? The Membership Committee plans, oversees, and evaluates membership services and issues in an effort to maintain a diverse, comprehensive membership of program offices, centers, associates, and individuals who pay dues to support NAO activities The committee is responsible for determining membership categories, dues structure, and proposing amendments needed to bylaws that reflect membership structure. The committee also conducts research related to member needs/wants.

The Membership Committee meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 12:30p PST, 1:30p MST, 2:30p CST, and 3:30p EST. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 26th , 12:30p PST, 1:30p MST, 2:30p CST, and 3:30p EST.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or Telephone: Dial: +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll) or +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 3034818686

Those interested should email or call 303-923-3734.

Legislative Update

The House & Senate were out of session this week, but return next week for a near final legislative push before the mid-term election season heats up later this summer.

  • Both House and Senate Labor-HHS (L-HHS) appropriations subcommittees have tentatively scheduled markups for June. The House L-HHS subcommittee is slated for June 13th and the Senate subcommittee will likely go the week of June 25th. Although it is questionable whether these bills will progress much further than committee, both House and Senate funding levels for programs contained in the bills will be used as the basis for finishing off the process later this year. The other 11 annual appropriations bills are in various states of progress and will continue to be considered in June & July.

  • President Trump nominated the Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie for the Secretary position. Wilkie, a long-time government employee, is seen by many as a good selection that should have a stabilizing effect on the VA, which has had 6 different leaders in the last 5 years. Wilkie has worked in federal agencies and on Capitol Hill.

  • President Trump signed the Right to Try legislation sent to him last week. During remarks at the signing ceremony, the president said that drug companies would be announcing “massive voluntary price drops” during the next few weeks, but the remarks could not be corroborated with any particular source. Last month the president issued a plan to lower drug prices that included steps like requiring drug makers to list prices in their advertisements, as well as government-funded pilot programs exploring new ways to hold the cost of medicines.

Job Opportunities

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