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August 11, 2014
1. From the Executive Director's Office
Quite a bit this week as I wrap up before heading on vacation. I'll be away starting tomorrow and will back in the office on 8/25.
Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Update, Senate L-HHS Draft Bill
The Labor-HHS-Education (L-HHS) Appropriations bill is traditionally the most controversial and progress on the FY15 measure has been slow. The House Appropriations Committee has not produced a draft bill and there has been no committee action at this point. The Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its version of the bill in subcommittee, but the threat of politically-sensitive amendments abruptly halted plans for full committee consideration. Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) took the unusual step of releasing a few of the draft appropriations bills, including the L-HHS draft bill and accompanying report, although the measures have not been officially approved by the full committee. Chairwoman Mikulski and retiring Senate L-HHS Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) hope that absent input from the House, the Senate L-HHS Subcommittee mark will provide key guidance on funding for health and education programs once a plan for finalizing the appropriations bills emerges.
The Senate's draft FY15 L-HHS Appropriations bill and subcommittee report include:
Let Us Hear About and See When Members of Congress Visit Your AHEC
With the August Congressional recess underway, members of the U.S. House and Senate are back in their districts for the month. We hope that many of you have arranged for House and Senate members who serve your area to visit your AHEC or participate in an AHEC event during August. To inform our advocacy efforts, NAO would like to collect as many examples of these interactions with members of Congress as possible. If your member(s) of Congress visit your AHEC (or an AHEC event) or you visit with them during the August recess, please send a couple of sentences identifying the member(s) and describing the visit along with a picture, if possible, to me at email@example.com. In fact, don't limit yourself to the August recess; send something whenever you host a visit. Every example you can provide will help!
GWU Cancer Institute
GW Cancer Institute is seeking partnerships with 5 AHEC chapters to each host one community roundtable. Roundtables will take place between October 2014 and September 2015, and will convene key stakeholders to strengthen relationships and integrate cancer and chronic disease efforts at the community, state, or regional level.
Selected roundtable hosts will each receive $3,000 to: work with the GW Cancer Institute to identify key issues, state-specific information, critical stakeholders, and priority outcomes from the roundtable; coordinate one roundtable, including recruiting participants, securing a meeting location and providing refreshments; facilitate the roundtable with the GW Cancer Institute; set goals with roundtable members to achieve priority outcomes; conduct follow-up with meeting participants to evaluate progress toward meeting goals and success of the roundtable; and advance integration efforts and participate in the evaluation of the roundtables with the GW Cancer Institute. The time commitment is expected to be 5 hours of preparation work and 10-15 hours of hosting the meeting and conducting follow-up with participants after the meeting. We welcome and encourage collaboration with other AHECs in hosting your roundtable.
To learn more and apply to become a roundtable host, please visit: http://www.gwumc.edu/smhs/gwci/cancercontrol/ Applications are due by Monday, August 25th.
NAO FY15 Fall Conference
Have a great week!
2. AHECs Get Creative With Marketplace Trainings
How are you training health professionals on the Health Insurance Marketplace? The AHEC Marketplace Project curriculum includes a fully-scripted PowerPoint slide show, glossary of terms and acronyms, state resource sheets and a CE self-study guide. Participate in the project to train 50 health professionals and/or staff on the Health Insurance Marketplace and earn $1,500! Review the Curriculum Roll-out training to get a closer look and see how AHECs can use these materials. There's still time to sign up! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marketplace Enrollment: Lessons Learned
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Vision: Our vision is that the AHEC network is the national leader in developing a highly competent and diverse health care workforce for underserved populations.
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