NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit May 30th, 2018

Reporting to You from the Board of Directors


Happy Wednesday!

I hope that each of you was able to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend! I was reminded of the ultimate sacrifices that men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life. It is an honor to pay tribute to these fallen heroes.

By now, I am hopeful that most of us are exhaling after submitting our Non Competing Progress Reports a couple of weeks ago. Whew! A lot has gone on the last 9 months as I was reminded while working on our NC AHEC report.

With 38 days to conference, I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new colleagues. Just in case you haven't already registered, registration is still open and there are still rooms at the hotel. The room rate is guaranteed until June 8 and there are still opportunities to Exhibit/Sponsor. The Board and the Conference Planning Committee have worked diligently to plan an action packed agenda, focusing on Distribution, Diversity and Practice Transformation.

You may have read last week that I am reaching out to NAO partners and have had great communications/correspondence with National Rural Health Association (NRHA), American Association of Osteopathic Medicine and Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association (IPMA). I am sure that some of you are connected to these and other organizations and I am working with the Board to establish official linkages. In the next couple of weeks, I will keep you posted on these very important collaborations. I continue to be inspired by the enthusiasm and reception from everyone that I have spoken with.

Last week, I hope that you were able to participate on the HRSA Presentation on the AHEC Scholars Statewide Evaluation webinar that was held on Wednesday. I checked earlier and the slide deck is still available and located at:

Also, please note that we received notice that the Annual Progress Report (APR) will open to Grantees on June 21, 2018. Program manuals should be available the week of June 18.

The final version will be posted on The Program-specific APR Tip sheet is linked below for reference. Below is a summary of resources and key dates to keep in mind:

PO/Grantee Resources:

Key dates to remember:

  • Manuals, wireframes available by week of June 18, 2018
  • APR EHB System opens on June 21, 2018
  • Grantee APR Due Date July 31, 2018 11:59 PM

Onward and Forward


Jacqueline R. Wynn
Interim Chief Executive Officer

National Training Center

Greater Valley AHEC integrates HPV Project into IPE experience
Developing Scholars and Community-Based Training materials? Learn how Greater Valley AHEC in Arizona used an HPV webinar and linked it with an IPE experience in our latest success story. “I see this approach as being a valuable tool that can be utilized in many situations including AHEC scholar programming,” said Center Director Martha McNair. “These kinds of activities could be done among centers in the same state or even between centers across states—the options are really limitless when you think about it!”

Register today for our next live HPV webinar
Please promote our next live webinar 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!

Updated resource
The CDC has updated its iceberg infographic titled “Screening Won’t Protect Your Patients from Most HPV Cancers.” The updated version can be found here.

2018 Conference News

Please remember to register.

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

Matthew Jones - Cancer Survivor, Global Marathon Runner, Motivational Author & Speaker

Matthew Jones is a three-time cancer survivor who has overcome the challenge of being faced with only a 10% chance of survival. After Jones was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in 2002, he eventually went on to become a seven-time marathon runner covering all seven continents across the globe. He has conquered many challenges along his own life-giving journey, including overcoming a coma, bone marrow transplant and learning to walk all over again. Matt is the founder of the R.E.A.L. Leadership Academy and is the author of more than ten books. In his newest upcoming book, Happiness is a Marathon: 26.2 Ways to Stay Happy at Work and in Life, he shares his story of overcoming insurmountable odds to motivate audiences during times of change and uncertainty. To learn more about Matthew Jones, visit his website at:, and read more about his running at

DC Highlights: The National Mall and beyond…

If you are planning to spend extra time to tour Washington, DC while attending the 2018 NAO Biennial Conference, you may want to identify this unique opportunity to have a wide scope of tourist options that are free to the public and great for friends and families that can join in on your visit to our nation’s Capital. Washington, DC is chock-full of history with the National Mall, “a place where the past, present and future come together,” according to the DC Chamber of Commerce.

The National Mall is America’s most visited national park. This country’s treasure is home to monuments and memorials, which pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for ensuring our freedom. Visitors can stroll along the wide, pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined boulevard to take in the history or you also have the option of a Big Bus Tour.

To learn more about the highlights to visit, go to sites for the Washington, DC, CVB or National Park Service to get your exploration started: or

The NAO Diversity Committee Needs Your Help!
The NAO Diversity Committee is preparing it's Health Professions Student Diversity Panel (plenary session, July 10th) during the NAO Conference and we need your help! We understand that it is difficult for students to attend our conferences due to the high cost of travel and busy schedules. However, we also understand the great value of student voices and stories in helping AHEC staff better serve our most diverse and underrepresented populations.  In turn, we are calling for AHEC Program Offices and Centers throughout the nation to contribute video clips highlighting our diverse students and their experiences working with the AHEC Program. Consider the following guiding questions in your interviews with students:

  • Provide a general overview of your experience as a health professions student in your institution.
  • How do you connect with other students with shared experiences?
  • What positive support networks are available to you?
  • What negative experiences have you encountered?
  • What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
  • What strategies have you developed to access and remain in academic programs?
  • What effective strategies have you used to strengthen your position on campus?
  • Do you believe that you are aware of/have access to programmatic opportunities?
  • Do you believe that you are knowledgeable about financial support options?
  • How can local AHEC programs support your success?

Please upload your video recordings to the following Google Folder Link: If you have any questions or are having technical difficulties, contact Gloria Burnett: 907-786-6705

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.

The Membership Committee meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 12:30p PST, 1:30p MST, 2:30p CST, and 3:30p EST. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 26th , 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 has been busy during this legislative session leading up to the Memorial Day recess. Several bills have passed and are on the way to the White House. Key House & Senate committees have been at work on health-related initiatives and the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations bills.

HELP Committee Holds Health Workforce Hearing

The Senate HELP Committee heard from representatives of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME), nursing organizations, and geriatric/gerontology groups about the importance of diversity in the health care workforce and pending shortages. The hearing also focused some attention on the importance of the reauthorization of the Title VII & Title VIII health professions training programs. Link to Hearing

Budget and Appropriations Update

This week, both the House and Senate appropriations committees have been working to advance FY 2019 spending bills. The Senate reported the Energy and Water bill out of subcommittee and the Agriculture-FDA bill out of full committee Senate Ag-FDA Committee Report. The House reported the Transportation-HUD bill out of committee and postponed a markup of the Interior & Environment appropriations bill but released the draft bill and House Interior & Environment Committee Report.

Both House and Senate appropriations committees adopted 302(b) allocations for all 12 funding bills this week. The House allocation for the Labor-HHS (L-HHS) bill, which provides funding for NIH, CDC, HRSA, SAMHSA, AHRQ, etc. is level-funded with the FY 2018 allocation, while the Senate allocation is $2.2 billion more than FY 2018. Both House and Senate committees have scheduled L-HHS bill markups for June. House Allocation.    Senate Allocation.

Other Washington Updates

Veteran’s VA Mission Act Passes Congress: Congress approved the VA Mission Act which will allow veterans to see a private doctor if they do not receive the care they expected in the VA medical system. The legislation is expected to be signed by President Trump.  Summaries of the VA Mission Act

Senate HELP Committee Passes Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization: The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved S.2852, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018. The bill reauthorizes programs under Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) that are set to expire September 30th. The bill provides authorities to the director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to develop strategic initiatives for threats that pose a significant level of risk to national security, and modernizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s bio-surveillance capabilities.
PAHPA Summary

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