December 18, 2017

Bridging the Disparities Gap with Mobile Technology

MHealth provides vital tools to support the goals of health care reform to increase health care access, improve care delivery systems, engage in culturally competent outreach and education with technology that is easy to use, affordable and scalable, and is already adopted by patients of all ages and socioeconomic status. Mobile health technology (mHealth) is changing the way the world approaches health care access and delivery. Text messaging is used to support patient adherence with … [Read more...]

“Kicking the Can” at the National Soda Summit

How can Americans "kick the can" and limit our consumption of sugary beverages? This was the main issue explored at the first National Soda Summit hosted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) on June 7 and 8, in Washington, DC. Nearly 250 people, including educators, activists, foundation executives, and public health advocates, such as ACU Executive Director Kathie Westpheling and I, attended this conference to explore the scope of issues involved with sugar-sweetened … [Read more...]

Practice Economic Disobedience in Your Job Search

What would you do if you were approached by a secret online group of workplace activists who said vulture capitalists had rigged the job market against you? And, how would you react if they also told you that the only way to protect yourself was to practice “economic disobedience?” Those are the questions explored in my new book A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream. It’s the story of three out-of-work Baby Boomers trying to make sense of today’s demeaning and … [Read more...]

ACU Members Focus on Healthy Weight

Several ACU members were selected to participate in Collaborate for Healthy Weight, a national anti-obesity initiative that was recently expanded to all 50 states. The Healthy Weight collaborative is a partnership between HRSA and the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality and supported by the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund. It is establishing innovative partnerships between public health, primary care and community organizations. Participating ACU members … [Read more...]

Scholarship Winner

Lynn Evans, a family nurse practitioner at Cabot Westside Health Center, in Kansas City, MO, saw an opportunity and took advantage of it. She responded to an invitation in this newsletter, applied, and was selected to receive a scholarship to attend a nursing informatics conference in Las Vegas in February. Lynn says her clinic implemented an electronic medical record more than a year ago. However, despite begin identified as a "super user" she hadn't received any additional training or updates. … [Read more...]

Respiratory Therapists: Key Players in Asthma Care

Carole Dorr, RT, is a Registered Therapist at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Lois Wessel, CFNP, ACU’s Associate Director for Programs and asthma project co-director, interviewed Carole to get a sense of her role in asthma care and education as part of a transdisciplinary health care team. Q. What kind of training do respiratory therapists receive? A. Graduation from an accredited Respiratory Therapy Program is required to become a Respiratory Therapist (RT); more … [Read more...]

ACU Funds Member to Study Quality Improvement

ACU member Deborah Nuber, director of operations at Zufall Health Center in Dover, NJ, was the recipient of an ACU-Kaiser Permanente Scholarship to attend the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care annual meeting in Orlando, FL in December. Ms. Nuber said the conference offered up both motivation and inspiration. "Of particular benefit to me," she said, "was the safety net panel discussion which provided real time specific actions that could be implemented almost immediately to … [Read more...]

Meet a Washingtonian-of-the-Year

Nancy Sanger Pallesen, executive director of the Arlington (Va) Free Clinic was named a 2012 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. One of eight local leaders named this year, Nancy was recognized for her commitment to public health and her steadfast efforts to create and sustain the only clinic providing free health care to low-income uninsured adults inArlington.  Congratulations Nancy! This column appeared in the January 2012 ACU newsletter, Clinician & Community. … [Read more...]

ACU member named to IOM Committee

Laurie Francis, BSN, MS, has been appointed to the Instituteof Medicine's Roundtable on Health Literacy representing ACU. The Roundtable brings together leaders from academia, industry, government, foundations and associations, and representatives of patient and consumer interests who work to improve health literacy. Health literacy is central to improving health outcomes, Ms. Francis says.  "Our clinic assessments revealed that 50 percent of clients suffer from diminished health literacy … [Read more...]

IPad 2 Winner Announced

Erin Sullivan, DNP, an ACU member from Athens, Georgia, was the lucky winner of the iPad2 gift card drawing held in conjunction with our membership renewal campaign. A computer program selected her name at random from the more than 200 members who joined or renewed their membership by December 31st. Congratulations, Erin! Dr. Sullivan is a family nurse practitioner at the Athens Nurses Clinic, which provides free health and dental care to no/low income, uninsured individuals in Athens-Clarke … [Read more...]