NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit June 28th, 2018

Reporting to You from the Board of Directors

NAO Colleagues

Great news on Tuesday from Washington, DC! The Senate L-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its Fiscal Year FY 2019 L-HHS Appropriations bills. The Committee unanimously reported the bill out for full committee mark-up later this week, 17 to 0, with $40.25 million for the AHEC program. This is an increase of $2 million over the FY’ 2018 enacted levels. This is a greater level of funding than we had in our “ask” legislative packet documents for our NAO Hill Day conference visits next week. If Congress is willing to consider this funding, then NAO should be aligning our level of capabilities to put this amount to good use for the proven AHEC model of supporting the country’s healthcare agenda. So, we are fortunate to capitalize on this decision support before we charge the Hill on July 11 and edit the document to reflect a $40.25 million “ask”. Of course, there are several more approval levels. The full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up the L-HHS bill on Thursday this week, and hopefully they will endorse the higher-level figure. The full House Appropriations Committee postponed their mark-up that was scheduled for Tuesday morning, so we do not yet know if the final committee version will be the same as the subcommittee proposal (level funding at $38.25 million). Please keep making your calls to your Congressional representatives – this is an important week for AHEC!

The AHEC Scholars customized-logos are ready to be provided to the 20 programs who have requested this with the new NAO AHEC Scholars Logo Standards Guide. The entire graphic design membership benefit “package” of logos will be ready soon, where those states who requested the logo will be notified individually.

The NAO Membership Survey results are being compiled into a report document, and this report will be available for download within a few weeks.

A couple of interesting outcome teasers you provided to us:

  • 59% of those who responded are between the ages of 40 and 59
  • The NAO Weekly Update rated highest as the place you go for organization information
  • And, there were a number of comments suggesting that the website could be better.

I am pleased to announce that the redesigned and updated website will be previewed during the conference presentation of our Business Meeting luncheon session on Tuesday, July 10, and it will be ready for use soon.

We will be taking a break with the NAO Weekly Update during the next two weeks, due to the 4th of July being a nationally recognized holiday, and then it will finally be time to launch our 2018 NAO Biennial Conference together.

Please have a safe and Fun Fourth, until we all can celebrate together and see you in our Nations’ Capitol!

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

National Training Center

HPV demonstration proposals awarded funds 
A select group of State Entities applied and were awarded extra funds as part of a special category of HPV demonstration projects to support efforts to increase HPV vaccinations in their geographical areas. These AHECs were encouraged to take advantage of their unique resources, environments and collaborative relationships to conduct innovative projects. Those awards were given to these AHECs for the indicated projects:

  • Greater Valley AHEC (Arizona) to create a ready to use curriculum and toolkit that can be utilized by an AHEC to conduct an interprofessional education HPV activity. 
  • West Virginia Immunization Network (through the Central West Virginia AHEC) to conduct a train-the-trainer workshop in partnership with the West Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to train healthcare providers on how to utilize motivational interviewing to overcome vaccine hesitancy and increase HPV vaccination rates.
  • High Sierra AHEC (Nevada) to develop and host a statewide HPV event to target health professionals in rural and undeserved areas with a particular focus on HPV vaccine hesitancy. 
  • Suwanee River AHEC (Florida) to develop and host an interdisciplinary educational summit targeting rural health providers.

Next webinar: Just in time for back to school vaccinations!
Many of you already work with schools for your health career programming. Check out our next webinar! What a great opportunity to offer the school nurses you work with a free CE opportunity and integrate the HPV project into your regular AHEC work.

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.

2018 Conference News

See you at the conference!

Legislative Update

FY 2019 House Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

In advance of subcommittee markup, the House Appropriations Committee issued bill text and a summary of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education (L-HHS) Appropriations Bill.

Specific program funding levels will become available once the Committee Report is issued before the full committee markup and we expect more details will be available after tomorrow’s action. For now, here are highlights of the bill:

  • $38.3 billion for the National Institutes of Health, an increase of $1.25 billion over FY 2018
  • $7.6 billion for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, a programmatic increase of $427 million above FY 2018
  • $6.5 billion for the Health Resources & Services Administration, a cut of $196 million below FY 2018
  • $5.6 billion for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an increase of $448 million above FY 2018
  • $334 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the same as FY 2018
  • $71 billion for the Department of Education, an increase of $43 million over FY 2018.

The full committee markup of the L-HHS bill has not yet been scheduled. We will provide a more comprehensive summary once more information is available.

Justice Department Decision Unites 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.

Review others thoughts and share your thoughts on this topic by accessing the following social media links:


Look for more action items on this topic in the near future.

Other News

Upcoming CDCG Annual Meeting. See you there!

Center Directors

The annual meeting of the NAO Center Directors Constituency Group is scheduled for Sunday, July 8th at 4:15pm EST. Remember, center directors, this is your membership group, please be involved. We only have 45 minutes but lots to cover. Please arrive promptly.

Tentative Agenda includes:

Welcome & Introductions
Recognition of New Centers 

     (Membership Committee)
     (Committee Involvement Request) 
      (Mentor Program Announcement)  
NAO Survey Results
2018 CDCG Successes/2019 Moving Forward  

      (Topics for Future Meetings)
Open Discussion 

The CDCG Leadership Team is hopeful you all have this meeting on your calendar and will be able to attend.  We look forward to seeing you!

Job Opportunities

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