Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday Keynote Bio and Link to DRAFT Program

Andy Thomas

Focused, centered and balanced energy is exactly what places Andy Thomas at the top of career and life coaches, and as a sought after speaker to motivate employees and individuals alike to fully engage in how their careers can balance with their lives. 

Andy Thomas began his 30 year broadcasting career when he was 19 years old. A foundation as an on-air personality, program director and sales manager at 17 radio stations, served to establish his
South Carolina based radio syndication company. Some of the highlights from his broadcast career include his years at WKBW (Buffalo, NY, covering industry leading plumbing companies), WARM (Scranton, PA), WPTF (Raleigh-Durham) among other markets. 

He began South Carolina’s first non-sports related state radio talk show by satellite on ten radio stations in the 3PM-6PM time slot Monday through Friday. He established Teen Forum, an innovative, provocative, and informative program that aired on 18 radio stations in the South East.

Away from the microphone, he continued helping people by becoming a sales manager with Good People Staffing (a subsidiary of Goodwill Industries in Lower South Carolina). The role expanded to employment recruiter and career counselor,equipping thousands of eager job seekers during one of the most challenging job markets our nation has experience by instilling hope, confidence, and the necessary skills to not only land a job, but a career. He identified the demand and heeded the calling to take his methodology on the road by forming his motivational career seminar company, providing seminars for CBS-TV in Atlanta,GA, and other South East markets in 2009-2010.

After a strenuous two year national tour, Andy Thomas career and life coach settled into writing The Job I Need Needs Me, with the assistance of coauthor Denise K. James. The book covers everything you need to land the job this is actually right for you. Andy teaches you how to reinvent yourself, at any age, and how to market yourself in any economy. The Job I Need Needs Me provides a necessary blueprint moving forward. Proving his process once again, Andy spent the next three years working in the new digital marketing field with CBS Radio and NBC TV in Charlotte, NC. Coaching clients continued to reach out to him, and the desire to hit the seminar path again brought it all full-circle to what is Andy Thomas Careers Now. Andy provides active career counseling, and traveling seminars around the globe.

His mission is to serve as a resource instilling confidence to move forward by identifying individual talents, interests, and passions propelling people toward the goal of professional and personal fulfillment.

Link to the ENTIRE DRAFT of the Program can be found at 

Monday, February 22, 2016

2016 NHOC Program Listing Available NOW

Are you thinking about going to the National Health Outreach Conference and you haven't made up your mind. Check out the listing of presentations available on the program page at Virginia Tech's National Health Outreach Conference.

Links to the abstracts will be available soon.

Diversity is apparent when you look at the sessions. There are sessions devoted to reaching the faith community - "Faith Communities Alive!" Promotes Health within Faith-based Settings -- to a presentation acknowledging the differences in culture when educating about diabetes -  Adapting for Cultural Relevance: Diabetes Prevention Program.

Policy Level issues are a component of NHOC. A session entitled Conducting Cost Effective Analyses of Health Education Programs for Policy is one. Collaboration with WSU Extension and Nursing to Address Farmworker Health is another.

Collaborative presentations are numerous due to collaborations being a goal of the 2016 NHOC. Beginning with Building Partnerships to Extend Program Outreach and ending with Overview of Let’s Move Childcare the spirit of collaboration is present from the first day to the last.

IgNITE Sessions at NHOC

Fast-paced grouped presentations, called ‘Ignite Sessions’, will pack more information into a session that you ever imagined. 5-7 minute presentations with up to 15 PowerPoint slides. They will focus on one program or evaluation. 

The presentations are grouped together to form one fast-paced session hosted by a moderator. 

  • Dining with Diabetes in Pennsylvania
  • What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?  Body Image and American Women
  • Kitchen Creations: A Cooking School for People with Diabetes 
  • Collaboration among rural hospitals & health programs in central Appalachia
  • Campus Partnership Assists Chronic Disease Program in Improving Impacts
  • Economic Impact of Dining with Diabetes
  • Healthy Kansas is…

Visit the NHOC registration site for more information and to register

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Last Day to be an Exhibitor for National Health Outreach Conference March 30, 2016

If you are looking to Exhibit at the National Health Outreach Conference the deadline is March 30, 2016.

Visit the Virginia site pages at  - you can pay online!


Health and related health focused educational non-profit organizations may exhibit for $250. This provides for one skirted 6 foot table and chairs and electricity.

Commercial (for profit) exhibitors may exhibit for $500 per space. This provides for one skirted 6 foot table and chairs and electricity.

For information please contact: 

Leslie Thornton-O'Brien
Project Manager
Continuing and Professional Education, Virginia Tech
[email protected]

Registration deadline is March 30, 2016.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Roanoke website w/ NHOC info available

Check out the new Roanoke NHOC available now  @

The Registration should be LIVE soon. The hotel link should be working already!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Jeanne M. Priester Award

Jeanne Priester 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Jeanne M. Priester Award. The awards will be presented at the 2016 National Health Outreach Conference Priester Award Luncheon, April 8, 2016 in Roanoke, Virginia. The due date for nomination materials is December 11, 2015. Award winners will be notified by January 14, 2016. It is expected that award winners (or at least one representative from team) will be present at the conference to receive their award. 

The Jeanne M. Priester Award honors the accomplishments and contributions of Jeanne M. Priester to the Cooperative Extension System.  Ms. Priester was a leader in advancing health education within the Cooperative Extension Service during her tenure at the United States Department of Agriculture.  The purpose of the award is to honor Extension programs and professionals that positively impact the health and wellness of people across the United States and provide leadership to expand Extension’s capacity to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The Priester Award will recognize sound and innovative health and wellness programs at the county, state and national level.

Link to WORD form

Link to PDF form

Submit Nomination Form and Project Description as one PDF to [email protected] by December 11, 2015. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Registration Site coming SOON!

We are working on NHOC Conference Registration and will be linking to Virginia Tech developed pages soon -- Hopefully in early December.

Proposals are being reviewed and we hope to get out acceptance notices ASAP.

Thanks for your patience.

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Spring 2016 Perhaps