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February 09, 2015
From the CEO's Office
Another week; another big storm in the northeast. It's a true New England winter this year and I'm hopeful that soon I won't have to trudge to the YMCA to run on the treadmill so as to avoid the perpetually icy roads in the early dark morning hours. I know the sun will be shining and warm, longer days will await us when we convene in Orlando, Florida this May for our inaugural NAO Business Summit; I can't wait and I look forward to seeing many of you there! Please see below for additional information--and the release of the conference website with greater detail is just around the corner. In the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email me.
NAO Spring Business Summit May 12-May 14, 2015
Planning for the first ever NAO Spring Business Summit continues to be in high gear! The Business Summit will be held in Orlando, FL from May 12-14 2015. Conference website and hotel information will be coming out in the next couple of weeks. Below please find some 'high-altitude' information regarding the Summit::
Target Audience: AHEC Directors, Program Directors, and key staff interested and motivated to focus on center sustainability and growth, and willing to take the time and expense to engage with like-minded peers to share information, tools and resources – along with products and services – toward this end.
While the agenda may change slightly over the coming months, attendees can generally expect to receive
Many thanks to the conference planning committee for doing a great job in planning a top-notch event. Marilyn Mesh, Richard Merchant, Mary Craig, Mary Helgeson, Glenda Stanley, Carol Giffin-Jeansonne, Marty Schaller and the team at NAO HQ have done an enormous amount of work; much appreciated!
Don't miss the last chance to get the scoop and ask your questions about the HPV Regional Coordinator position live! Register now for the webinar set for today at 4 p.m. Eastern. (This webinar will contain the same information as last week's webinar on the same topic.) Can't make it? Drop a note to email@example.com to request a copy of the live recording, job announcement, job description and application.
CORE Data Collection Request: We Need Your Data. Please send by February 15th if you have not yet!
NAO Shortened and Simplified Annual Data Collection
In response to comments received on past data requests and in our continued effort to improve NAO data reporting, NAO CORE has made significant changes in our approach to annual data collection for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 reporting periods.
The few hours that you spend completing the forms could make all the difference as to whether or not AHECs continue to receive federal funds.
We are asking for two sets of data:
We have included specific instructions on each form that should allow you to complete the form efficiently and with the smallest time investment – an investment in AHEC's future.
In addition to completing the forms noted above, we would like you to share any questions and comments you had regarding your federal reporting, and any individual guidance you received from your project officer or the technical assistance center (e.g., types of sites you should/should not report, types of rotations you should/should not report, pipeline programs you should/should not report, etc.). We would also like to know your thoughts on the data you are reporting to NAO. Do you feel the numbers you are providing accurately reflect your program? If not, why not?
Please, please, please take the time to provide the requested data. The importance of your data and your comments on the reporting process cannot be overstated. We believe you will be surprised at how relatively painless it is. Please help us provide our leadership with the data they need to tell our story and demonstrate our value to our legislators. We cannot do it without you.
All data should be submitted to Kerrin Smith, NAO CORE Annual Data Collection and Reporting Co-Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before February 15, 2015. Reporting questions should be directed to Detra Brown, NAO CORE Annual Data Collection and Reporting Co-Chair, at email@example.com.
Your participation in the NAO data collection effort has never been more important. Every AHEC matters. We must have 100% participation!
"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"
We had a great call last week where we discussed the President's FY2016 Budget Proposal and its effect and implications for the AHEC Program (which by now should be obvious). The next "Tuesdays with..." call will be Tuesday February 17th, and, as a reminder, calls are now being held every other week from 12:30-1:30 EST: Please dial in at 1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#. Please join us to see where the dialogue will go!
Introduction to Farmworker Justice's Youth Leadership Curriculum
Farmworker Justice (FJ) collaborates with community-based organizations to build and implement programming that positively impacts the health and wellbeing of farmworkers and their families. Most farmworkers are Spanish-speaking who migrated to the US from Mexico and Central America. A growing number of farmworkers speak indigenous languages. Much of FJ's community-based work uses the promotores de salud model, which trains farmworkers to become peer health educators on occupational safety and health, health insurance, and HIV. Last year, FJ developed a leadership curriculum for adult promotores de salud to increase involvement and board participation among farmworkers at community health centers. Since then, several of our community-based partners have expressed an interest in developing youth leadership programs. One exciting program that recently started involves rural Latino youth who either worked as farmworkers or are the children of farmworkers. The majority of the group members are trilingual - speaking Spanish, English, and a Mexican indigenous language. Several have already been trained and hired as interpreters at the local community health center.
Given AHEC's expertise and experience in youth leadership and workforce development, FJ seeks to work with regional AHEC organizations to guide the development of a curriculum that will build youth leadership skills, introduce farmworker youth to topics related to community health and health careers, and help them become involved in their local community health centers. We also plan to design curriculum components for organizations to encourage and support meaningful youth participation within community-based organizations and community health centers.
Please respond to me by CoB Friday February 13, 2015 if you are interested in learning more.
Have a great week and stay warm!
Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps
Northwestern CT AHEC (NWCTAHEC) is requesting proposals from AHECs interested in participating in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps.
Follow this link for a copy of the Request for Proposals.
NWCTAHEC seeks AHECs to serve as the host site for a full-time AmeriCorps member during the program year September 2015 to August 2016. AmeriCorps members will be trained as Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Instructors and will implement YMHFA trainings for a wide cross section of community members who work with young people. Host site staff is also able to be trained as a YMHFA instructor to help build sustainability for the YMHFA program.
YMHFA is an evidenced based training program that helps individuals and communities better understand mental health and respond appropriately to adolescents who may be experiencing a mental health issue. In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, President Obama and other national, state and local leaders are calling for the widespread implementation of YMHFA as a strategy to improve access to mental health care services for young people suffering from mental illness.
Intent to Submit Proposal Due Date – January 16, 2015
Proposal Due Date: February 27, 2015
Submit proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct all questions regarding this RFP to: email@example.com
Clinical Benefits of Telehealth Technology in Behavioral Health Care
Date/Time: February 19, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (EST)
In today's world of technology and connectivity, outpatient behavioral health care services are delivered in much the same manner as they have for the last 65 years; a patient takes time off work or away from family, commutes to the provider's office, and meets with the provider individually or in a group, in a shared, private space.
This traditional model of care may impose barriers that increase the difficulty and challenges for those seeking treatment, and may lead some to avoid behavioral healthcare completely. Couple this with the nearly 80 million Americans living in underserved areas (http://www.hrsa.gov/shortage/), and an individual's access to high-quality behavioral-health services becomes a key issue facing the behavioral health field.
Telemental health care, the delivery of behavioral health care to a location where the provider is not physically present, is one way to enable access to care. Research consistently supports the use of technology such as video teleconferencing to deliver effective evidence-based care. This webinar focuses on the clinical benefits of remote health care, both to the patient and to the therapy process.
During this webinar, participants will learn to:
Kathleen Woodside, Ph.D.
Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before February 19, 2015, at 3 p.m. (EST) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.
To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. For guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site, please visit https://www.dcri.org/cee/education/ethosce-learning-center/EthosCE_Fundamentals.pdf
DCoE's awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families.
For details, please visit: http://www.dcoe.mil/Libraries/Documents/DCoE-Monthly-Webinar-Series-Continuing-Education-Accreditation-April-2014.pdf. Additionally since September 2014 for Psychology: This activity complies with all of the continuing education criteria identified through the American Psychological Association (APA) Continuing Education Requirements.
Sign up for the webinar at https://continuingeducation.dcri.duke.edu/clinical-benefits-telehealth-technology-behavioral-health-care
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