NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit September 5th, 2018

Reporting to You from the President


It is with great pleasure that I announce that the search for a new Chief Executive Officer for the National AHEC Organization is underway!

At a special meeting on August 30, the NAO Board of Directors approved the CEO position at .7 FTE and authorized that we begin the search. Many of you will remember that Jack Register was employed at a .5 FTE. The search committee consists of four center directors and four program directors: Mindy Bateman, Christina Mathis, Julie Bazan, Anna Wenders, Gloria Burnett, Michael French and Nicole Carritt. Please feel free to contact me or any of the members of this committee if you have questions about the position.

The job announcement can be viewed here and we would encourage you to share with your network of colleagues, and especially with those you believe would be interested in the position. We would like to receive applications from those with AHEC experience, in a program, center or perhaps an AHEC Board member. 

I learned today that CORE has not received data from 18 states for the CORE data report – it would be a great accomplishment (and complete data) if we could have data from all states! We know there were reports due August 31 and there is supplemental funding to prepare for, so we acknowledge the many deadlines right now, but we would ask that you try to submit this data as soon as possible. Maybe you could let Detra Brown or Jennifer Taylor know when to expect to receive your data.

Year 1 is complete….and on to Year 2! I sincerely hope your AHEC Scholars implementation is going well!

Paula Overfelt
President, NAO Board of Directors

National Training Center

Year 5 kickoff webinar scheduled
The HPV Project will be entering its final (and best?) year of the project! Find out how you can get involved. We will be engaging our current State Entities to continue the work but there will be additional funding opportunities in states with low rates or with special populations. Learn more by attending the Year 5 kickoff set for 3 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 26. Register Now

It's just not true … HPV vaccination does not cause disease
We've all heard the myths that HPV vaccination is the cause of the onset of autoimmune disease. In this short video (, Dr. Paul Offit of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, explains why the HPV vaccine does not cause chronic diseases. Feel free to share this on social media or in your newsletter!

How to overcome vaccine hesitancy through motivational interviewing = next webinar
How much of a problem is vaccine hesitancy? It’s complicated and there’s no easy solution! Find out how motivational interviewing can improve response to vaccination in our next webinar, “Evidence-Based Communication Strategies for Improving Child and Adolescent Vaccine Uptake,” set for 2 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 19. Please promote to health professionals and health professions students in your AHEC region by using this registration link:

This webinar fits the practice transformation HRSA core topic. What a great way to fulfill a HRSA requirement while also providing relevant hot-topic education to students. We can share information with you on who attended from your state!

NAO Committee Corner:
Membership Updates & Opportunities

Will You Help to Improve the NAO Membership Experience?
The NAO Membership Committee is seeking new members to help us reach our goals for this next year. All membership types can participate in this committee. Will you be a part of strengthening our organization and improving NAO benefits and services? This year we will be working on engaging members and developing a Mentor Program.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 25th, 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.

Will You Help to Develop the ALL NEW Mentor Program?
The NAO Membership Committee is excited to begin the development of a mentorship program and is seeking participants for a short-term, ad-hoc sub-committee. Please join us as we plan out this new program for members.

Our first meeting will be on Wednesday September 26th, 9:00a PST, 10:00a MST, 11:00a CST, and 12:00p 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

The Senate met to review and approve pending nominations while the House was out of session. Legislators will hit the ground running this week as the final months of the 115th Congress are now upon us.


This week, both chambers of Congress will be in session and decision makers will be eager to begin conference on the annual spending measures. Appropriations leadership will be driving the House and Senate to pass as many appropriations bills as quickly as possible. It is expected that appropriators will begin the conference process of the 12 annual spending bills with smaller measures such as the Energy and Commerce and the Mil. Con-VA appropriations bills.


The Passing of Senator John McCain: Last week marked the passing of the War Hero, Senator, and Presidential Contender at the age of 81. According to a statement from his office, Mr. McCain suffered from a malignant brain tumor, called a glioblastoma. In observance of his life and legacy, members of the public had their chance to pay respects as the Senator lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda last week. For more or Senator McCain's life, please click the embedded link.


Cross Cultural Health Care Program: Equity and Inclusion: Cultural Competency Training of Trainers (TOT) Institute. This TOT will build internal training capacity, meet mandates for culturally and linguistically appropriate services and provide best practices on equity and inclusion.
October 1-5 in Seattle, WA.
Learn more.

Meharry Medical College/Translational Research Center: Addressing Health Disparities: The Role of Translational Research. This conference will focus on the regional impact of clinical, basic and population health disparities research in cancer, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and neurological disorders. The Conference will take place November 8-9 in Nashville, TN. Learn more here if interested. Deadline for early bird registration is October 5.

Counting a Diverse Nation: Disaggregating Data on Race and Ethnicity to Advance a Culture of Health: Supported by RWJF, this report recommends changes and improvements to the conduct of research and data collection on race/ethnicity and to the government and corporate policies that define priorities and allocate resources. Learn more.

HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair. Organizations recruiting for behavioral health vacancies will be online to describe their clinical environments, the populations they serve, and the rewards of providing care in their communities.
October 17, 7:00 pm ET. Register.

Thank you for viewing. As always, we will work diligently to keep you informed.

Legislative update provided by Dale Dirks from Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington

Job Opportunities

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National AHEC Organization
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