NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit March 6th, 2018

Reporting to you from the Board of Directors


We are now six months into the federal grant planning year. I hope that all is going well and write to remind you of HRSA’s/BHW technical assistance call scheduled tomorrow. The focus of this webinar is the AHEC Scholars Program. Recently NAO leadership had a call with Federal AHEC Leadership and project officers. Our discussion centered around opportunities for collaborations with other HRSA federal entities as well technical assistance sessions.

March 7 Technical Assistance Webinar
The primary topic is AHEC Scholars with three AHECs participating in the webinar. Evaluation will also be discussed. Dial in information:

Audio Conference details
Dial-in: 800-857-9703
Participant Code: 486287
Adobe Connect:

Upcoming Webinars:
May 23: Statewide Evaluation
July: Date TBA strategic partnerships and behavioral health.

I also hope that you checked out the AHEC Scholars site,

Thanks to all who worked on this, we hope that you will visit and post your updates and planning documents.

You’ve received Action Alerts to make contacts with your Congressional Representatives regarding the FY18 funding. Remember, this is our first potential increase in funding is ten years. Please review the Action Alert, make contacts and encourage your board members, partners, program participants and students to make contacts.

Lastly, we are updating our NAO website. Earlier this week, we saw previews of the new design and think you will enjoy the new look.

Working together

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

National Training Center

Participation in ACS National HPV Roundtable
Project Director Gretchen Forsell was in Atlanta last week for the American Cancer Society’s National HPV Roundtable meeting where she participated in a provider training task group meeting! This group developed six HPV action guides aimed at different healthcare professionals and their role in increasing HPV vaccination. The guides will be part of an upcoming dissemination among AHECs participating in the project. Along with hearing great speakers, visiting with the CDC project officer and networking with partners, Gretchen also enjoyed HPV yoga. Namaste!

Promote our next live webinar!

HPV-associated Oropharyngeal Cancer and Survivors’ Experiences of Treatment-Related Toxicity
Wednesday, April 25, Noon ET
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Presented by: Jonas Johnson, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC; Marci Nilsen, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing; and Lynne Williams, MD, PhD, Executive Director of Southwest Pennsylvania AHEC and Physician at Hilltop Community Health Center Join us for an important look into HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer, survivor outcomes and the importance of the HPV vaccine.

  • Epidemiology, prevalence and treatment of oropharyngeal cancer
  • Patient-reported outcomes reflecting treatment related toxicities
  • Safety, efficacy, and importance of the HPV vaccine in cancer prevention.

2018 Conference News

Conference Registration

Registration for the conference is now open! Please visit, to access current information on the July conference. We'll add the agenda and other information as it becomes available.

Awards Information

As we are preparing for our 2018 NAO Conference that will be held July 8-11, 2018 in the Washington DC area, we invite you to nominate centers and programs for the Awards that will be presented at the 2018 Conference.

Categories for this year's awards include 3 Legacy Awards and 3 Center of Excellence Awards. The Center of Excellence (COE) Awards (Information and Nomination Form) have been redesigned to align with HRSA's three overarching priorities and are: Distribution, Diversity and Practice Transformation. The legacy awards remain the same and are the Eugene S. Mayer Program of Excellence Award, the Andy Nichols Award for Social Justice and the Red Koelling Distinguished Service Award. The linked documents describe the criteria for nominating and the review criteria that will be used for each award.

So, if you know of a program or center, including your center or program that is deserving of the award, we encourage you to please complete and email the nomination form and supporting materials to: Please note that the deadline has been extended to March 15.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsor the Official Conference Tote Bags
Put your logo in front of every attendee by sponsoring the official conference tote bags! This is one of the best ways to put your company name in front of every conference attendee and have it seen well after the conference has ended. For more information, please view the 2018 Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus or contact Becky Schlevensky at

Exhibitor Opportunities
The 2018 NAO Conference Exhibition offers 20 hours of designated exhibit time within the exhibit hall over two and a half days. Booth and table options vary and start at $495. For more information, please view the 2018 Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus or contact Becky Schlevensky at

Other News

Center Directors

Center Director Constituency Group
All Center Directors

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
1:00 – 2:00 PM EDST
Passcode: 33402919

Updates from NAO Public Policy, Conference Planning, and Diversity Committees
Presentation Topic: Continuing Education and Training Programs
Core Training Topic: Practice Transformation (Open Discussion)

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