December 18, 2017

Health IT and Privacy

Raise Your Health Care Organization’s Security and Privacy Awareness… It’s the Law By Anna Gard, MSN, FNP-BC, ACU Health IT and Quality Consultant Summary: Is your organization taking measures to protect patient privacy as you adopt digital and mobile health technologies? Safety-net health care organizations experience greater vulnerabilities and higher risks for privacy and security breaches than other health organizations, most often because the risks are under-appreciated. Learn the 5 … [Read more...]

ACU Partners in National Health IT Week 2013

This September, ACU will partner to advance health information technology to help improve healthcare with approximately 200 public and private sector organizations to participating in the 8th Annual National Health IT Week (September 16-20, 2013).  National Health IT Week 2013 is the premier event offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health information technology (IT) brings to U.S. healthcare. “One Voice, One … [Read more...]

What Families Can Do about Asthma

Spanish Podcast for Families on Asthma Management As part of Asthma Awareness Month 2013, ACU's Associate Director for Programs, Lois Wessel, FNP  participated in a variety of Spanish language radio shows.  Here's a clip from an Univision radio show called "El Consultorio de la Dra. Aliza" in which Lois is interviewed about what families can do to manage their asthma. Note: Available in Spanish only.     … [Read more...]

National Networks for Tobacco Control and Prevention

While smoking  has declined overall among the United States population, rates are disproportionately higher among communities of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), and low socioeconomic status populations (Low SES). Since 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has funded the National Networks for Tobacco Control and Prevention to advance the science and practice of tobacco control in the United States for members of … [Read more...]

Apply for a HIMSS Davies Award

Is your organization making strides in using health information technology (IT)  to improve patient care and outcomes? Consider apply for either the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award (formerly Organization) or the HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award. Both the awards and the application process have evolved. The application process is now based on submission of written case studies and applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Get details and information on how to apply, why apply … [Read more...]

New Asthma Recorded Webinar

Building an Asthma Care Home: Engaging Clinicians, Patients and Caregivers in Comprehensive Asthma Management is a 60-minute webinar, presented by Lois Wessel, FNP. It was recorded by the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments on May 29, 2013. Click here to begin the recorded webinar. CE credit is no longer available for this webinar.  A similar presentation  on Comprehensive Asthma Management that is approved for CE credit is available via the Clinical Directors Network. Click here … [Read more...]

New Journal Issue and Supplement

The spring issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU 24.2) is now available online and in print.  Major themes are homelessness, immigration, primary care, innovative programs and health policy. View the online table of contents. Advancing Obesity Prevention is the theme of the spring supplement to the JHCPU. The supplement was produced in collaboration between the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Health Resources and Services … [Read more...]

Podcast on Asthma and Health Information Technology

Anna Gard, Health IT and Quality Consultant, Association for Clinicians for the Underserved Introduces the Role of Health IT in Managing Asthma There is constant development of patient-centric tools to support asthma self-management and promote engagement with clinicians, patients and families to assist in identifying, reporting their asthma triggers, monitoring their asthma status, supporting self-care and management strategies. Some of these tools and technologies really help (A) engage … [Read more...]

New Resource to Help Patient Quit Tobacco

The Asian Smokers’ Quitline is a free nationwide Asian-language quit smoking service operated by the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego. The Quitline offers self-help materials, referral to local programs, one-on-one telephone counseling to quit smoking, and a free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches. Access in-language services using these numbers: Chinese: 1-800-838-8917 Korean: 1-800-556-5564 Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440 … [Read more...]

Kathie Westpheling to Retire

ACU will soon bid adieu to Kathie Westpheling, MPH, who has served as executive director since 2002. She is a passionate advocate for the underserved, transdisciplinary care, health professions education, and health information technology. Kathie began her career at ACU in 1996 as the project director for the NHSC 25th Anniversary Initiative. She oversaw the relocation of the organization from its headquarters in Lexington, KY, to its current home in the Washington, DC area. Under her … [Read more...]