The Board of Directors of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) today announces the appointment of Craig Kennedy, MPH as executive director. Kennedy will assume the Executive Director position following the retirement of Kathie Westpheling, who has led the organization since 2002.
In announcing the appointment, ACU President Katherine Brieger said, “The ACU Board is pleased to welcome Craig Kennedy in this important position. He is firmly committed to the mission of ACU and has the skills and expertise to build on the strong legacy that Kathie Westpheling has established during her tenure. “
Mr. Kennedy said he welcomes the opportunity to work with the ACU Board and members to improve the health and well-being of those in our country who are underserved. “ACU has a long history of promoting the change that needs to happen in our country; I am privileged to be joining the organization at such a critical time. Access to the right providers, at the right time, in the right place isn’t something that can wait; it is too important to people’s lives.”
Mr. Kennedy is currently Associate Vice-President for Federal and State Affairs at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), where he is responsible for NACHC’s advocacy efforts before Congress and the Administration. Prior to joining NACHC, he worked for the Senate Finance Committee and for members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Oregon State Legislature. He received his Masters in Public Health from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and has an undergraduate degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
ACU is a transdisciplinary organization of clinicians, advocates and healthcare organizations whose mission is to improve the health of America’s underserved populations. ACU advocates on behalf of the underserved and those who provide health care to these populations. ACU programs also include professional education, clinical tools, patient education, and training and technical assistance.
Mr. Kennedy’s appointment is effective June 17.
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