NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit March 20th, 2018

Reporting to you from the Board of Directors

Happy First Day of Spring!

I hope it feels like spring where you live!

A few reminders and updates:

The Joint Program Director Constituency Group/Center Director Constituency Group meeting is scheduled for:

Wednesday, March 21
2-3:30 pm – Eastern Time

AHEC Scholars, an important topic for all of us, will be the primary topic during this conversation. Many participants are anticipated so please register if you have not done so. There will be polling questions during the conversation; lease try to connect through Adobe Connect to give us as much in put as possible. You’ll receive the connection information after you register:

The AHEC Scholars logo is in process with a target date of early April! Kayla White at AEG is updating the Resources page on the AHEC Scholars site with the resources you have uploaded on the Discussion page. If you will keep uploading, she will continue to move them for us.

Our recent AHEC Non Competing Continuation NCC Webinar was held last week on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Please see the link to the recording and the presentation below. We want to take this opportunity to further clarify a few items:

  • NCC Due Date: The NCC Progress Report will be due on May 17, 2018. Therefore, there will be NO progress report due on June 30, 2018

  • Statewide Evaluations: Per the Notice of Awards, your final Statewide Evaluation Plans are due August 31, 2018. Please disregard language in the NOFO indicating they should be submitted with the first NCC Report. The NCC Report will need to include updates on your progress regarding developing and implementing a statewide evaluation.

  • HRSA/non-HRSA funding: Please note, when developing your NCC reports, "HRSA funding" also includes the matching funds for the AHEC Program activities. We would like to emphasize all required AHEC activities (including pipeline and continuing education) should be supported at least by some portion (small or large) of HRSA funding award. This will give a more comprehensive picture.


Recording Link:

Presentation Link: NCC Webinar Presentation

Regarding the interim CEO position, the Board of Directors has made a decision and the contract process is nearing completion. I hope to be able to make an announcement next week. In the meantime, thank you very much for your patience and support.

Working together

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

Legislative Update

Budget and Appropriations Update

Congressional leaders face yet another important deadline one week from today. The latest continuing resolution (CR) keeping the government operating expires March 23rd. While there is general agreement on funding levels and enough money in the overarching budget deal struck last month to finish off all 12 annual fiscal year (FY) 2108 appropriations bills, there is a growing recognition that the huge appropriations bill may be among the last big vehicles advanced by Congress before the start of the election season. Consequently, the appropriations legislation has become a target for any number of non-appropriations policy topics ranging from health coverage policy to immigration reform. Although legislators had hoped to unveil the omnibus legislation before the end of this week, it appears more work is needed, and we should see details next week.

Several House appropriations subcommittees held hearings this week to examine the president’s non-binding budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019. Notably, the L-HHS Subcommittee heard from HHS Secretary Alex Azar. While Committee members from both sides of the aisle rallied against the deep cuts for research, public health, and workforce programs proposed by the administration’s FY 2019 budget request, Secretary Azar was given some latitude since the request was largely developed before he joined HHS just 7 weeks ago. Contrastingly, VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin presented before the Mil-Con/VA subcommittee and was peppered with questions about privatizing the VA health program, and also responded to questions about ethical transgressions. Nonetheless, his testimony about the VA budget proposal overall was well-received.

National Training Center

Site visit opportunity!
There may be an opportunity for a site visit to showcase the good work you’re doing for the HPV project! We are currently evaluating planned HPV education activities between April and August and will give preference to activities that take place in rural, frontier or underserved area or focused on providers who serve patients from those areas. What about IPE? Or another AHEC activity in a close timeframe? Let us know if you have ideas by dropping a note to

Promote our next live webinar!
We appreciate your support in promoting our next live webinar which is great for healthcare professionals and health professions students alike! It fits right into the core topics that AHECs can educate on as well as the community-based training components of our AHEC activities.

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 The draft schedule has been added to the conference menu in the link titled "Agenda".

Awards - Deadline Extended: March 30

We recognize how busy everyone is, however we ask that you please take a break and nominate your Program or Center or another Program or Center for one of the awards that will be presented at the NAO Conference in July.

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 30.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsor a Lunch
Your organization's name and logo will be prominently displayed on signage at the entrace to lunch as attendees refuel for the afternoon. 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

Job Opportunities

Please remember to check out the Employment section of the NAO website for current job listings.

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