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March 9, 2015
From the CEO's Office
Washington DC Hill Visits
What a great few days on the Hill (and a bonus extra day in DC due to yet another winter storm; maybe it's me?)! Joining me on my visits to Congressional members last week was Shawn Houck from the Greensboro AHEC in North Carolina and currently a health policy student. It was a pleasure to have Shawn with me as we made the rounds, and with her insights as a nurse and an expert in marketing she certainly added much to our meetings over the two days. We did have three days scheduled, though with the storm we eliminated the last day of visits--which only had one or two meetings planned. Overall, the meetings were productive and we made a strong case to have the AHEC Program restored in the 2016 Budget. As we learn more about the 2016 budgeting process and timing will share it here.
A few specific takeaways to share:
* More than anything and perhaps MOST IMPORTANT: the calls made by AHECers in advance of my visits resulted in meetings that were the most successful and engaging and which also featured a nice local perspective. It is extremely important that in the future calls are made in advance of visits to all those that I'll be meeting with, even if the Congressional Member in one's particular state hasn't generally been supportive of our program.
* Missouri will be a key state going forward given Senator Blount's role as Chair of the Labor-HHS Subcommittee on Appropriations.
* One page data and program summary white papers from every AHEC demonstrating state and local impact would be most helpful. Understanding the community impact of our AHECs is extremely important to legislators. They want to know how their constituents are benefitting from our programs. I would like to be able to walk into any Congressional members office and talk not only about our national program but also share one or two key statewide initiatives that complement the information shared via the advance calls. I will work with CORE to see if we can create an efficient and simple process for this.
Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"
The next "Tuesdays with..." call will be tomorrow Tuesday March 10th from 12:30-1:00 EST: Please dial in at 1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#. Please join us to see where the dialogue will go--and please note that this week's call will only be thirty minutes.
Have a great week!
HPV Project Roundup
Telehealth and Technology Webinar:
The Well-Being of Military Children: Augmenting Clinical Care with Web- and Mobile-Based Tools
March 19, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)
Research on the psychological health of military children indicates that frequent transitions such as moving, family member separations and the cumulative effects of multiple deployments can cause psychological distress, which impacts the well-being of parents and children. Although military children are generally resilient, many are coping with increased levels of anxiety, stress, depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation and behavioral problems.
Age-appropriate psychoeducation web-based programs for children have been found to assist with teaching coping strategies and as a result of online community peer support improve their behavioral health. Discussion will include a review of the Military Kids Connect® website, a technology-based resource for military preschoolers to teens, which may serve to augment clinical care practices and to improve how health care providers interact with military children.
Webinar participants will learn to:
Gregory A. Leskin, Ph.D.
Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) March 19, 2015, 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.
Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.
If your network security settings do not allow access to the Duke Medicine website, use another network or device to access the registration page. Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect to attend the webinar.
If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE webinar team .
New Asynchronous Multimedia Instructional Courses
The Geriatric Scholars Community is an initiative from the James J. Peters VA Medical Center’s Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) in collaboration with the VA Office of Rural Health Geriatrics Scholars Program and the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers. Geriatric Scholars Community is a learning community for primary care providers and staff. It facilitates interactive, interdisciplinary learning and fosters an environment that allows health care staff to join a community of practice. Flexible course materials include archived webinars, videos, clinical demonstrations, interactive forums, and comprehensive toolkits for download. We are excited to launch the first in our series of new asynchronous multimedia instructional courses.
The Chronic Disease Multimedia Instructional course will examine the current state of chronic disease and dying in the United States and VA. Chronic Disease is a long-term condition that can be managed but not cured. Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis – are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S. Older adults have a high frequency of multiple chronic conditions, which require a more complex care plan. This course provides primary care professionals with an overview of chronic illnesses as well as tools for more effective assessment and management of older patients.
How to Register:
Log onto http://www.gerischolars.org and create a free user profile. Once you have created your profile, click on the Chronic Disease course and select The Chronic Disease Multimedia Instructional course.
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