NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit June 15th, 2018

Reporting to You from the Interim CEO

Happy Friday Colleagues!

WOW!  It is hard to believe that our T-0 for our NAO Conference is 22 Days...Hard to believe!  Thanks to each of you and a special thanks to each of our sponsors for your support. As we are preparing for our upcoming conference, the Planning committee will be preparing a memo to all conference attendees that will be sent by June 26.   Please be on the lookout for an email that will provide conference details that you may want to know before coming to Alexandria.   An example is that all registrants are invited to attend and must register for the Odyssey Cruise.  Tickets will be provided to those registrants who register for the cruise.  This will help us with the counts and food guarantees.  We hope that each of our participants will join us.  Also, the committee is excited to launch the Conference app.  Be on the lookout for the announcement in the next day or so.

Also, the committee is excited to launch the Conference app.  Be on the lookout for it in the next weekly update.

Yesterday, we convened the first Ad Hoc Committee meeting to address the impact of the HRSA AHEC Program redesign on our AHEC Program Outcomes and Outputs.    The committee agreed to work with the grantees to establish baseline information related to the anticipated impact of program outcomes and to develop strategic and effective communications with our key funders and partners.  Our goal is to provide information that will enable us to effectively demonstrate programmatic outcomes and outputs beyond the AHEC Scholars Program.  We will keep you posted as the committee further refines our work.  Committee members are: Mindy Bateman, Gloria Burnett, Nicole L. Carritt, Petra Clark-Dufner, Gretchen Forsell, Michael French, Aileen Harris, Tonia Harris, Paula Overfelt, Rebecca Vargas-Jackson, Jacqueline Wynn.  Many thanks to each of you for agreeing to work on this very important task on behalf of our members.

Strategic Partnerships:

Connect US Health: On Tuesday, I had a pleasant conversation with Sandy Williams, CEO of Connect US Health, and Sandy reported that there are 5 states that are signed on to Connect US Health.  She also reports that she has been in conversations with about 27 other states. Connect US Health is a Platinum Sponsor of the 2018 NAO Conference and will have a table at the conference. They will provide a demo at the conference. Sandy recently left her position of 13 years as the Executive director of Yankton Rural AHEC in Yankton, SD.

National Rural Health Association: Yesterday, I had a delightful conversation with Alan Morgan with the National Rural Health Association. Alan and I are excited to work with the NRHA and NAO boards to re-establish a formal memorandum of understanding. With a primary focus of our AHEC Scholars Programs being on rural and underserved populations and clinical placements, we both see plenty of opportunities to connect.


Please be reminded of the Annual Performance Report timeline: the APR will open on June 21, 2018.   Program manuals will be available the week of June 18 (pending any further contingencies).

Once cleared by DEA, the final versions will be posted on Below
A  summary of resources and key dates to keep in mind:

PO/Grantee Resources:

Key dates:

  • Manuals, wireframes available by week of June 18, 2018
  • APR EHB System opens on June 21, 2018
  • Grantee APR Due Date July 31, 2018 11:59 PM
  • PO review of APR Due Date August 31, 2018

Grantees, if you have any questions/concerns, please contact your assigned AHEC Project Officer.

As always,
Onward and Forward,


Jacqueline R. Wynn
Interim Chief Executive Officer

National Training Center

NCI Cancer Center HPV Vaccination Meeting Attendance
Gretchen Forsell and Trisha Thompson spent two days in Salt Lake City last week at the NCI Cancer Center HPV Vaccination meeting at Huntsman Cancer Institute. It was inspiring to hear about all of the ongoing HPV cancer research from disparities among immigrant women to understanding low HPV vaccine coverage rates in rural counties and so much more. In networking with other attendees, we were encouraged to hear again about the good work our State Entities are doing in forging partnerships with HPV organizations. Many of the NCI-designated cancer centers are eager to partner. Reach out to those in your area if you haven’t already.

Next webinar: Just in time for back to school vaccinations!
Please join us in promoting our next webinar to health professionals and health professions students in your state:

School Nurses’ Role within HPV Vaccine Uptake: A Model for Interprofessional Collaboration

Wednesday, July 25, 3 p.m. ET
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Presented by: Brittany L. Rosen, PhD, CHES, Assistant Professor in Health Promotion and Education at the University of Cincinnati

This webinar will provide an in-depth review of school nurses’ HPV vaccine knowledge and attitudes, along with their perception of their role as opinion leaders for the HPV vaccine and their professional practice in providing HPV vaccine education and recommendations to parents. In addition, we will identify barriers preventing school nurses from providing HPV vaccine education and recommendations, including time constraints, job requirements, and school policies. Next, we will examine how to address these barriers through implementing a model for interprofessional collaboration offering examples from local (Ohio) school nurses. Last, we will review resources and toolkits school nurses and partners can use to educate and recommend the HPV vaccine to parents.

ACS Speakers Bureau
Are you in need of a great speaker for your event?  Do you have a specific HPV subject area you need addressed? There is now a place to get connected to organizations which offer talented expert and survivor speakers.  The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable, in partnership with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers a free matching service to the public.  Simply complete a short questionnaire about your needs, and you will receive up to three referrals.  Over 35 organizations are currently listed in the Bureau. Complete a speaker request form or review our FAQs at:  You can also reach out to Joy Taylor, Continuing Education Project Specialist, at

2018 Conference News

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AHEC on the Hill, July 11th

In case you missed this information in last week’s Weekly Update, please know, 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. – Senate office information – House office information

We will provide NAO advocacy packets.
NAO will provide legislative packets, aleave-behind pocket folders for each member of Congress.  Each NAO Advocacy Packet for legislatorswill 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.  We urge you to bring one of these packets to offices in your state as we are hoping to create a unified message.  NAO has the conference goal to leave one of these packets in all Congressional offices!  Big goal!  How will you help us!?!

Please follow these links to the two documents we will include in the packet so you can become familiar with the messaging: Document 1 Document 2

For your review, below find the roster of Advocacy/Public Policy related activities being held at the conference. 

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

Congress has been active this week. The House and Senate passed opioid legislation apart of a series of package relief this week and advanced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations bills. This is your end of the week update. 

Budget and Appropriations Update

The House Appropriations Committee held a subcommittee markup of the FY 2019 Labor-HHS bill earlier today. There were no offered amendments to the bill today, however we anticipate that there will be amendments offered during the full Committee markup next week. The bill, as is, was reported favorably on a party line vote of 8 to 5.

We are not sure of all of the funding levels for all of the health professions training programs under the Health Resources and Services Administration, but we do know that the House has level funded the AHEC program.

Specific program funding levels will become available once the Committee Report is issued before the full Committee markup. For now, here are highlights of the bill from Hill sources and the House’s press release:

  • $6.5 billion for the Health Resources & Services Administration, a decrease of $196 million from the FY 2018 enacted level.
    • $372.5 for Title VII Health Professions Training Programs, a decrease of $18.7 million from the FY 2018 enacted level.
      • $23.7 million for the Centers of Excellence, level funded with the FY 2018 enacted level.
      • $0 for the Health Careers Opportunities Program (HCOP), a decrease of $14.2 million from the FY 2018 enacted level.
      • $38.3 million for the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, level funded with the FY 2018 enacted level.
  • $7.6 billion for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, an increase of $427 million above the FY 2018 enacted level.
  • $38.3 billion for the National Institutes of Health, an increase of $1.25 billion over the FY 2018 enacted level.
  • $5.6 billion for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an increase of $448 million above the FY 2018 enacted level.
  • $334 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, level funded with the FY 2018 enacted level.
  • $71 billion for the Department of Education, an increase of $43 million over the FY 2018 enacted level.

We will provide a summary as more information becomes available next week.

Updates on The Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Justice Department Decision to not defend the ACA is Uniting Patient Groups to Take Action in Support of Pre-Existing Condition Coverage. Patient-based organizations are taking action to combat the decision made by the US Justice Department to decline to defend community rating and guaranteed-issue provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) CNN Article. Without these protections, consumers with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage and/or be charged more for health insurance—in direct conflict with the ACA.

Additionally, many member of the health-care community are speaking out to defend the ACA. Yesterday, the major trade groups for health insurers, hospitals and doctors, and numerous patient advocacy groups  filed briefs opposing the Texas lawsuit. Click here to read more. Additionally, You may review others thoughts on this topic by accessing the following social media links: Twitter; Facebook ; Instagram 

Other Washington Updates

Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) spoke on the floor of the House to recognize Congresswoman Barbara Lee(D-CA) for 20 years of congressional service. Highlight from his remarks include the following:

“Member of Congress, she has made it a priority to represent some of the most underserved Americans by fighting for justice, equality, and peace. Through that desire, she helped found the Out of Poverty Caucus and the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus. She also began serving as chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity in 2013. … She was the only member of the House to vote against the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which demonstrated her foresight on the open-ended authorization. To recognize her work on these issues, she was nominated, as part of a group of 1000 women around the world, for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 to recognize her dedication to peace and human welfare.”

Congresswoman Lee is a champion for eliminating health disparities, addressing challenges in the health workforce, and training health professionals.

Thank you for viewing. As always, we will work diligently to keep you informed.

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