NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit May 16th, 2018

Reporting to You from the Board of Directors


The NAO Board of Directors met on Thursday, May 10. Julie Bazan was welcomed as the new NAO Treasurer – thank you, Julie, for taking on this role.

The main business at this meeting was the final review of the NAO Bylaws. An ad hoc committee, chaired by Mindy Bateman, President Elect, and members of both the Program Directors and Center Directors Constituency Groups have been reviewing the bylaws over the past several months. The proposed bylaws revisions will be presented to you, the members, for your review at least 30 days prior to the business meeting session of the NAO Conference as required by the current bylaws. We hope you will take the time to read and understand the bylaws that govern our organization. In addition, committees have all reviewed and updated charters, and the constituency groups have reviewed their Operating Guidelines. You’ll be receiving the operating guidelines from your appropriate constituency group chair also.

Michael French, chair of the Program Directors Constituency Group, presented a recommendation from the PDCG Leadership Team to the Board of Directors that NAO develop a strategy to assist programs (and, hopefully, HRSA) in responding to any decrease in reported numbers and outcomes from traditional AHEC activities that might occur as a result of the extensive time and resources devoted to initiating the new AHEC Scholars program. The intent of the strategy would be to assure that any reported decrease is appropriately explained and does not negatively impact the impressions in Congress and other venues of AHEC’s effectiveness. The Board approved convening of an ad hoc committee to discuss this issue. If you would like to participate in this ad hoc group, please email me by May 18 at We would like to convene this group for meetings prior to the conference.

Jacqueline Wynn, Interim CEO, provided a report on her activities of the past month. One of the priorities that the Board set for her is strategic partner development and maintenance. She has been in contact with several partners and will be reporting about those in the future. She has found these partners very willing to reconnect with NAO.

Thank you to the 168 of you that completed the NAO Membership Survey. We will be sorting through the results and share the results at the conference also.

The schedule on the conference has been updated this past week. I check the registrations frequently and I am delighted to see so many of you will be attending for the first time! While our full intent is to provide a meaningful conference for all of us, it certainly provides more incentive for us to make this worthwhile for those of you coming for the first time. I am also very excited to see so many planning to make visits on Capitol Hill. We will make an impressive presence that day!

I know many of you are deep into AHEC Scholars right now, just like we are in Missouri. Take a look at the AHEC Scholars site, ask some questions, provide some responses – let’s help each other!

Working together

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

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

HPV project work on display at National Immunization Conference
Gretchen Forsell and Terry Zollinger with the NAO HPV Immunization Project are in Atlanta this week to attend the National Immunization Conference. They will be presenting two poster sessions: “Close to Home: AHECs Training Rural Providers” which will showcase our unique niche in reaching providers in rural and underserved areas; and “Does ‘You Are the Key’ Training Increase HPV Vaccination Rates?” which highlights our evidence-gathering special project to determine if HPV vaccination rate data indicated an improvement in rates after providers participated in AHEC HPV training. Look for final versions of these posters to be posted on the HPV webpage soon!

You Are the Key: Best Practices for HPV Cancer Prevention
2 p.m., Tuesday, June 12
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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

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

Day 2 Plenary Session: Tuesday, July 10, 3:45 pm

The Lacks Family Shares the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks

The Lacks family has enthralled audiences across the country by talking about their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Henrietta Lacks, and her transcendentally important contributions to science. The international success of Rebecca Skloot’s New York Times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, has left people keenly interested in the Lacks family and Henrietta’s legacy. In their appearances, the family shares with audiences what it meant to find out—decades after the fact—that Henrietta’s cells were being used in laboratories around the world, bought and sold by the billions.

With their speaking across the country, members of the Lacks family put a personal face on such issues as the dark history of medical experimentation on African-Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over informed consent. Their talks raise complicated questions about whether we control the stuff we are made of, and whether we should share in the profits. Their message is positive, optimistic, and—above all—a celebration of Henrietta Lacks’ life and legacy. They have visited more than 100 communities and campuses, where their appearances give audiences an unforgettable first-person perspective on the collision between ethics, race, and the commercialization of human tissue, and how their experiences have impacted the Lacks family from generation to generation. Their story, as told in their book, has sold more than 2.5 million copies around the world, and it has been selected as a common read by more than 250 schools, libraries, and community institutions. This book has also been made into an HBO film, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball. Several members of the family were involved as consultants.

Photo by Mike Morgan, Baltimore Magazine
Henrietta’s grandchildren - Jeri Lacks Whye and David Lacks

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsoring one or more conference activities places your name in front of the attendees in the online conference program, NAO conference website, and sponsor signage displayed during the chosen event. Secure your sponsorship by May 23, 2018. 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

AACOM’s Washington Insider is a biweekly e-newsletter aimed at keeping its membership and partners informed and involved in the policy discussions that impact osteopathic medical education. The most recent issue of the Washington Insider highlights AACOM's testimony to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee outlining its fiscal year 2019 funding priorities to include AACOM's strong support for the AHEC Program.


The House Appropriations Committee worked through a few FY 2019 appropriations bills this week and is preparing for more markups next week. This week:

  • The Mil-Con/VA measure reported by the full committee adds $10 million to the VA Medical and Prosthetic Research Program.
  • The Ag-FDA Subcommittee reported its bill providing a total of $5.6 billion in discretionary budget authority and user fees for the Food & Drug Administration. The bill increases FDA’s discretionary budget by $308 million over FY 2018. The bill also appropriates $70 million to accelerate medical product development as authorized in the 21st Century Cures Act.

The Labor-HHS bill funding NIH, CDC, HRSA and other health & education programs are likely to see action in June.


The White House proposed a rescissions package that would cancel $15 billion in already-approved federal spending. The Administration’s proposal, which requires approval by Congress, does not attempt to pull back spending just approved for FY 2018 in the omnibus appropriations bill. Rather, it proposes cuts to initiatives that it says have stalled or no longer need money. Nonetheless, some of the proposed cuts are too politically-sensitive initiatives such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program and it’s not clear whether Congress will go along with this package. The House may vote on the rescission package as early as next week. See links below for the White House proposal and the pending House bill.


This week the House Energy & Commerce Committee reported out 25 bills aimed at combatting the nation’s opioid crisis. These bills, coupled with a package being developed by the Senate, should be the basis for a comprehensive legislative package that could pass this summer. Here is a link to the Energy & Commerce Committee announcement on the bills that passed committee House Opioids Package.


Today, the President announced the White House Blueprint to lower drug prices. Full remarks can be found here, President Trump Blueprint Statement, and key elements of the plan include:

  • Improved competition
  • Better negotiation
  • Incentives for lower list prices
  • Lowering of out-of-pocket costs.

The White House Blueprint can be found here: WH/HHS Drug Pricing Blueprint and the factsheet here: Blueprint Factsheet.

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.


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