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Please join us for the VA/DOD Suicide Prevention Webinar - The Power of One: The Role of Peer Support in Suicide Prevention. Date: May 25, 2016; Time: 1400-1530 (EST). To register please visit: http://dspo.cds.pesgce.com.
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We are looking forward to seeing AHEC’s full representation at the NAO Conference, AHEC on the Hill: A Capitol Idea!, June 27-30, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
If you’ve missed any of the Webinars 1-4 series, then it’s not too late! We hope you’ll take the time to view them on the NAO Countdown to the Capitol! webpage. Webinars 1-3 are archived for continued access, and Webinar 4 will be posted soon for those who missed it last week. http://ow.ly/KUjl300kQb2
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Our evaluation team has been hard at work crunching the data on all the programs offered by AHECs participating in the HPV project. Drum roll, please! A total of 259 program for clinicians have been delivered hosted or supported by HPV state entities with a total of 9,475 participants! We're well on our way to reaching our project goals!
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I'm pleased to report that NAO has joined the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) as a partner. The COCA prepares clinicians to respond to emerging health threats and public health emergencies by communicating relevant, timely information related to disease outbreaks, disasters, terrorism events, and other health alerts.​ Given our AHECs' wide reach into underserved communities throughout the U.S., it made perfect sense to collaborate with COCA and be available to disseminate information and share resources when appropriate (there is no specific AHEC obligation). COCA leadership were so pleased ​to learn of our program and our reach that NAO is the "COCA Partner Spotlight" for May 2016. You can learn more here as well as see the link to our website: http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/.
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National Nurses day week begins today. National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6 to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. It marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. http://ow.ly/4nvoGp
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Early Bird registration for the NAO 2016 Washington, DC Conference is in full swing! This is the perfect time to take a moment and register for the upcoming conference so you can take advantage of the early bird registration discount. You can register individually by going to www.nationalahec.org and clicking on the link for the conference found on the home page. To register, click on the registration tab and follow the instructions. If you wish to register a group of people, you can print the .pdf registration form also found on the registration tab, complete one for each person, and fax them to the NAO registration team at 414-768-8001. Remember, we must receive your fax by the end of business on Friday, May 13th in order to take advantage of the early bird discount.
Calendar members · National AHEC Week · Photos members · Conference Proceedings; Webinars. Winds of Change. National Training Center NEW. Because of its strength and ability to affect change on a national scale, the NAO National Training Center has been awarded many national scale projects.
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A newly published study from Loyola University Medical Center found 63% of their newly diagnosed cancer patients did not know how to find quality health information online about their medical condition. Their patients visited commercially biased advertising websites rather than reliable, vetted medical websites to research their condition. While most of those patients had below-average literacy scores; even the high school graduates from the study visited commercial advertising sites 1/3 of the time. These findings contribute to other work that suggests it is not enough to just teach facts about health topics, but that teaching people how to distinguish good information from bad is an important life skill. http://ow.ly/NsdD300pLMA
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American College of Rheumatology Lupus Education Initiative
A continuing partnership with the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is bringing five AHEC centers a new lupus initiative this summer. Lupus is a serious and potentially life-altering disease for those who have it. Unfortunately, lupus is also severely misdiagnosed and underdiagnosed in Hispanic, Black, and Native American populations. To address this provider practice gap NAO and ACR will work with three Arizona AHECs and two Louisiana AHECs to implement learning and networking sessions in their areas; building awareness of the disease and relationships with practicing rheumatologists. Congratulations to these five awardee AHECs on this new, important, and exciting initiative:
Northern Arizona AHEC
Southeastern Arizona AHEC
Western Arizona AHEC
Southeast Louisiana AHEC
Southwest Louisiana AHEC
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Only seven weeks until the NAO 2016 Washington, D.C Conference kicks off! That's less than two months--which is not a lot of time and will certainly fly by. Register now before it slips off your "to-do" list. ​The "Early Bird" registration ends on May 13th, which is only five (5!) working days from today. Register now while you're thinking about it! http://nationalahec.org/conference/44/#Registration​
A Note From Rob and Jacqueline… On behalf of the National AHEC Organization, we are so pleased that you are considering attending the 2016 NAO Conference here in Washington, D.C. from June 27-June 30 2016. The theme for the 2016 NAO Conference is "AHEC On The Hill: A Capitol Idea" which ...
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A Big Thanks to the Maine AHEC Network for becoming our 1st NAO Conference Sponsor!
We hope others will join Maine for leading us in this opportunity, so that our network to come together this summer in DC.
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A provider’s recommendation is the strongest predictor of an adolescent’s HPV vaccination. Not only do clinicians need information about the importance of HPV vaccination but also front desk staff and medical assistants, to ensure that all members of the medical office team provide consistent messaging about the vaccine and to facilitate practice-level buy-in and support for promoting the HPV vaccine. Don’t forget to include these important players in your plans to educate health professionals as part of this project!
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Did you know that more than 670 health professionals have completed the “You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention” self-study course? In the past month alone, there’s been a huge increase from Tennessee. HPV Regional Coordinator Kelly Owens reports that the Southern Kentucky AHEC who manages the HPV program for Tennessee posted the self-study guide training opportunity through the TN Public Health Training Center – LIFEPATH listserv which reaches 3,500 subscribers. Great reach and it paid off! Way to go!
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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.