NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit May 8th, 2018

Reporting to You from the Board of Directors


We have an AHEC Scholars logo!

We believe the elements in the logo represent AHEC well – the rows of fields represent “rural”, the buildings represent “urban”, the graduation cap represents “education” and the heart with the cross represents “healthcare.”

As you can see, the logo will be customized for each state or program. The next step will be a survey sent to the AHEC grantees to ask for the name to be placed over the shield. AEG will customize and return. Some graphic standards are being developed to guide us in proper and consistent usage of the logo.

Special thanks to Stephanie Beltran (Hazen), AEG Graphic Designer, for her expertise and patience as we have asked for a few number of options and edits through this process. She is pleased with the choice.

I would also like to express great appreciation to the AHEC Scholars Logo ad hoc work group that began the process providing input to help Stephanie create the designs: Karen O’Rourke, Holly Hudgens, Dr. Dave Berry, Dr. Wanda Thomas, Monica Mika, Diane Nielsen, Trisha Schulz, Debra Flores, and Cathy Whaley. We also appreciate the review and input from the Communications Committee and the NAO Board of Directors.

Thank you for your patience through this process. We do anticipate having a certificate that can be given to AHEC Scholars upon completion of the program with the AHEC Scholars and NAO logos that may be used by NAO members. More later ……

The NAO Membership Survey is now closed and we will begin reviewing the data for presentation at the conference.

Very Important Conference News: The Early Bird Discount for Registration ends on May 15! Please take advantage of this discount and register soon!

In addition, we have learned that Associate Administrator of the Bureau of Health Professions, Luis Padilla, MD, FAAFP and Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Capt. Sheila Pradia-Williams will be in attendance at the conference, with Dr. Padilla presenting an update.

Register now! And don’t forget to make your hotel reservation also!

Working together

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

Center Directors

NAO Center Directors Constituency Group (CDCG)
All Center Directors

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
1:00 – 2:00 PM EDST
Passcode: 33402919

Presentation Topic: Public Policy & State Efforts
(Speakers: Kristina E. Fjeld-Sparks)

National Training Center

HPV special projects funding proposals deadline May 18!
Any NAO member AHEC program or center is eligible to submit a proposal as part of HPV Special Project funding. Read the full Request for Applications document here. A limited number of demonstration projects will be funded to support efforts to increase HPV vaccinations. These special projects will focus on:

  • Activities and programs that the AHECs may provide in their local areas, regions, states or multi-state regions to increase HPV awareness, knowledge and/or skills of providers
  • Provide special training to heath professional students and practitioners
  • Change practices of health professionals
  • Assess the impact of their efforts to improve HPV vaccination rates

The deadline to submit your proposal is May 18! We’re looking forward to your creative ideas. If you have any questions, email

Last webinar archived
Did you or your colleagues miss our last HPV webinar? “HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer and Survivors’ Experiences of Treatment-Related Toxicity” is now available to view. Registration is required here. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the log-in link. Please pass this on 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. Important to note: Early Registration cutoff is May 15, 2018.

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

Sunday, July 8: New Directors Orientation
Pre-Conference Activity

Sarah Catalanotto (Suwanee River AHEC, FL) and Petra Clark-Dufner (CT AHEC), co-chairs of the 2018 AHEC New Directors Orientation (NDO) invite all new AHEC Center and Program Office directors to attend this customized half-day program, Sunday, July 8th from noon-4 p.m. at the conference hotel, the Marriott Crystal Gateway. This pre-conference event is provided once every two years, in order to facilitate AHEC leadership support across the national network. This NDO session seeks to enhance AHEC directors’ capabilities through this additional and unique opportunity to come together and extend their reach, while working with the NAO activities on the Hill.

The New Directors Orientation programming is designed to support providing the education and resources necessary for the future work of the busy director in mind. The NDO speakers represent a variety of AHEC programs, geographic areas, along with core HRSA-mandated training programs. The purpose of the NDO is to provide newer directors with a brief immersion in key topics critical for successful AHEC leadership.

The NDO program topics will include:

  • The background history, mission and leadership opportunities within NAO
  • Understanding the role of AHEC and NAO advocacy and leadership
  • Creating the program foundation for financial stability
  • Community and university partnerships development and sustainability measures.
  • Resources and guidance to facilitate program directors identification of mentorship and administrative best practices.

The NDO session begins with the NAO Board of Directors joining you for lunch. The meeting focus is to provide a welcoming and nurturing environment to integrate novices and expert NAO leadership, who can share their more extensive years of experience. Previous NDO attendees describe the training as, “Invaluable”…

Aileen Harris, MSA, Executive Director, Capital AHEC (CapAHEC),
NAO Chair, Center Directors Constituency Group, describes her past NDO experience:

“I remember being at the New Director's Orientation around five years aog, where Mike gave a rich history of AHEC. So, as a new AHEC director, I not only learned about NAO and how rich it was with resources to me as a new center - it made me feel like I wouldn't have to do everything completely on my own (that I had access to resources). I got to meet my fellow centers and made great connections. So, my transition into this AHEC world was easier and smooth.”

Please plan on joining your peers and making new connections to expand the work of your local AHEC Program Office or Center. Consider registering soon, in order to catch the early bird rate before May 15, so you can include the New Directors Orientation in your conference activity plans: register here.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Cell Phone/Mobile Device Charging Stations
Be the sponsor that provides a service nobody knows they need until it's too late - a charge for their phone or mobile device! Charging Stations will be located in the exhibit hall and foyer to provide Sponsors with maximum exposure. 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

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.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 22nd , 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 returns next week after a brief recess to begin work on a variety of topics. High on the House priority list is progress on fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations bills. The full House Appropriations Committee meets Wednesday to markup the FY 2019 Mil-Con/VA appropriations bill and the Agriculture-FDA Subcommittee will meet on Thursday to markup its FY 2019 appropriations bill for the Food and Drug Administration. Other House subcommittees will follow in subsequent weeks and the Senate is likely to start the markup process soon.

The Administration continues to work on a rescissions package in which it would make a formal request to Congress to cancel already-appropriated funding approved by Congress and the president. Details are not clear at this point, but the target of the still-developing rescission package now appears to be federal funding that has been appropriated for various federal programs but not spent—rather than the just-approved FY 2018 omnibus spending package. More details should be emerging soon.

House and Senate health authorizing committees will be working to advance important legislation in the coming weeks, including:

  • Pandemic All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA): The Senate HELP Committee issued a draft of the PAHPA reauthorization measure and hopes to have a bill reported out of committee by the end of May so it can be passed in September (draft bill attached).
  • Opioid Legislation: The House Energy & Commerce Committee will markup the 57 opioid and related health issue bills that were recently reported out of the Health Subcommittee. Once the House committee approves its package of bills, the Senate will begin reaching out to coordinate with their various proposals and bills. Bicameral issues with bipartisan support will likely receive favorable consideration during the upcoming process to craft a package of opioid crisis and related health issues legislation.
  • Right to Try: There is an effort to develop a compromise on the House vs. Senate versions of Right to Try legislation. Once a compromise bill has been negotiated, it will likely be attached to a larger package of healthcare bills if such a package is moving later this year.

Other News

Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Special Interest Group

Have you ever wondered what the National Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education does? Do you want to hear what they are up to? Interested in how they can help your AHEC with IPE? The IPE Special Interest Group (SIG) through the NAO is holding their next conference call to hear from the Director of the National Center for IPE, Barbara Brandt, PhD. Join us for an interactive time where Dr. Brandt will give an update on the National Center for IPE and talk about resources available for your AHEC.

When: Wednesday May 23rd at 12 pm PST/1 pm MST/2 pm CST/3 pm EST.

Call-in number: 712-770-4010 Passcode: 269487#

Interested members can add their email to the distribution list on the SIG spreadsheet found here:

Call agenda will be emailed out the week before. Please plan to attend. This is a unique opportunity to hear from one of our IPE leaders. Questions? Please contact Curt Stilp, IPE SIG leader, Program Director, Oregon AHEC.


Job Opportunities

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