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The American College of Rheumatology's (ACR) Lupus Initiative (TLI) continues to successfully educate non-rheumatology healthcare professionals about lupus and health disparities. The ACR recently held a multi-session, small-group, cohort-style virtual education series for healthcare providers in Southwest Georgia and the Pacific Northwest, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health (OMH). http://ow.ly/fCmX302CQNf
Especially instrumental in the development and execution of this provider education series and its accompanying community awareness campaign were the Southwest Georgia AHEC in Albany, GA and the Cascades East AHEC in Bend, OR. This series built on lupus fundamentals and included sessions on lab testing, medications, pregnancy and pediatric considerations, lupus flares, and health maintenance and preventive care. Twelve healthcare providers — advanced nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and MDs — engaged with the ACR in this series that emphasized the health disparate nature of lupus, especially as it pertains to African American and American Indian/Alaska Native populations in both series' sites. 100% of participants were pleased ("a lot" or "somewhat") with the pace, delivery, and content of the sessions, and 100% self-reported increased levels ("a lot" or "somewhat") of awareness, knowledge, and competence regarding lupus' signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Each session was recorded and will become enduring activities for continuing medical education (CME) credit available through TLI's website later this year. Both AHECs will be involved in further ACR efforts under renewed OMG funding for 2016-2017.
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Alaska AHEC is sponsoring three upcoming continuing education webinars to provide more information on the burden of HPV cancers, the importance of HPV vaccination, and how to help parents overcome hesitancy about HPV vaccine. The target audience is physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses or any other staff who work with children, adolescents and their parents in primary care settings. Feel free to promote among your clinician networks. The first event is: Wednesday, Aug. 3, noon PT http://ow.ly/CKbj302CPBp
Upon completion participants will be able to: - Describe the burden of HPV disease. - Define the importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention. - Explain the rationale for vaccinating youth at ages 11 and 12. - List the recommendations for HPV vaccine for girls and to boys. - Provide useful and compelling information about HPV vaccine to parents to aid in making the decision to vaccinate. - Locate resources relevant to current i...
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Webinar on Technological Updates in the Treatment of Mental Health Conditions on July 28th 1-2:30pm EST. If interested you can register at http://ow.ly/i9Oc302riGX
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A 2012 study by the Journal of Medical Internet Research indicated 70 percent of physicians reported using social media on "at least a monthly basis." With that in mind, using your social media channels to distribute HPV information may be a good idea! Check out the HPV Social Media Toolkit for example posts and tweets and best practices for using Twitter and Facebook to reach healthcare providers. http://ow.ly/OW2v302ri10
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Health care professionals and academics involved in all aspects of psychological health and traumatic brain injury care, education and research for the military population will take part in the 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit – State of the Science: Advances, Current Diagnostics and Treatments of Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in Military Health Care.
Live Broadcast from Defense Health Headquarters
Live programing from the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, will give virtual participants around the globe access in real-time to more than 26 hours of state-of-the-science programing each day, plus opportunities to join panel discussions and Q&As, and network with professionals. As a virtual participant, you are also eligible to earn continuing education credits! Continuing education credits will vary by profession.
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I am pleased to announce that Annie Short, Grants Manager at the Northeastern WI AHEC in Manitowoc, WI, will be doing a 120 hour internship with NAO and me as she pursues her MBA at Concordia University in Milwaukee, WI, effective July 1st. Annie will work on strengthening the NAO National Training Center from a marketing, promotion, and data collection perspective, each of which align with the NAO strategic plan, particularly regarding marketing and enhancing funding streams. I'm thrilled to be working with Annie; please join me in welcoming her to the team, and many thanks to Marty Schaller, executive director of NEWIAHEC for making the connection!
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I hope you all had a relaxing July 4th holiday last week, and for those of you who were at the NAO 2016 conference I hope you all had an easy and uneventful trip home​. It was wonderful to see so many of you during our week together in Washington, D.C., though one of my regrets was that I didn't get to spend as much time talking with each of you as I would have liked. By now, all the conference presentations should be up on the Google Drive for your review and use​. Please take a look and use liberally!
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Webinar on Technological updates in the treatment of mental Health Conditions on July 28th from 1-2:30pm. If interested register for the webinar at http://ow.ly/w99l302CQgR
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Thank you AHECers for an outstanding D.C. conference.
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The Role of Clinicians and Health Care Systems webinar today Thursday July, 21st from 2-3pm MT. If interested you can register at http://ow.ly/zZPK302ripA
TimeZone (UTC). (UTC-11:00) Pacific/Midway, (UTC-11:00) Pacific/Niue, (UTC-11:00) Pacific/Pago Pago, (UTC-11:00) Pacific/Samoa, (UTC-11:00) US/Samoa, (UTC-10:00) America/Adak, (UTC-10:00) America/Atka, (UTC-10:00) Pacific/Honolulu, (UTC-10:00) Pacific/Johnston, (UTC-10:00) Pacific/Rarotonga ...
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Michigan AHEC and the University Pediatrician's Autism Center (UPAC) in the Wayne State University Department of Pediatrics are sponsoring a free webinar designed to provide health care professionals a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms, to identify concerns as early as possible and to make a referral with conviction. The program, titled Autism Spectrum Disorder: Best Practices in Screening, Referral and Behavioral Health Interventions, is targeted to physicians, physicians assistants, nurses, social workers and community health workers. Continuing education credits are available. http://cmetracker.net/WAYNE/Login?FormName=RegLoginLive&Eventid=167628
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The NAO board of directors met on Sunday June 26th — the day before the official kick-off of the conference — and had a productive afternoon of dialogue, discussing committee activities, current and future, the preceptor issue, the HRSA AHEC re-design, and, significantly, a shift in the leadership for the NAO board based upon unexpected external circumstances.​
As I mentioned during my report to the membership on Thursday June 30th at the conference, Mary Craig, previously at the Erie-Niagara AHEC in Buffalo, NY, who was elected as NAO president-elect and was slated to be ​the next NAO board president as October 1st, is no longer part of NAO and the AHEC Network, and therefore cannot be ​the incoming board president. The NAO board​ made the wise decision to extend current board president Jacqueline Wynn's term for another year while we seek a president-elect for the FY2018 program year. Once that decision is made I will let you all know.​
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Area Health Education Centers: Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health
Introduction

The National Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Organization

supports and advances the AHEC Network to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training, and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.

The AHEC Program is an established and effective national primary care training network built on committed partnerships of 53 medical schools and academic centers, 253 AHEC centers within 48 states and tens of thousands of community practitioners affiliated with the AHEC’s national clinical training network.