September 30, 2014

Marc Overbeck Joins ACU Board

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Mr. Marc Overbeck of Oregon was elected in August to serve as the new Primary Care Organization (PCO) representative on the ACU Board of Directors. Mr. Overbeck is currently the Vice Chair of the PCO National Committee, a group representative of the 54 state and territorial Primary Care Offices in advocating the work and needs of PCOs with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and others; he has been elected Chair of that group for 2015. As Director of the Oregon Primary Care … [Read more...]

Save the date for the 9th Annual National Health IT Week: September 15-19, 2014.

One Voice, One Vision: Join us in the 9th Year of Transforming Health Save the date for the 9th Annual National Health IT Week: September 15-19, 2014. Many of us may have encountered a medical situation where a family member or loved one’s life was saved by early detection, new drugs, or a new procedure. Contrary to these more obvious technological medical advances, health IT is quietly advancing medicine. Health IT—specifically electronic health records (EHRs)--improve the quality of … [Read more...]

Celebrating Corps Community Day October 9th

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Join the NHSC in Celebrating Corps Community Day October 9th --- The NHSC brings health care professionals to the areas where they are needed the most by providing scholarships and loan repayment in exchange for a commitment of service in an underserved community. On Corps Community Day, we celebrate the impact of the NHSC on improving access to health care and highlight the importance of the primary care workforce as a whole. Events will take place throughout the month of October and will … [Read more...]

ACU Elects New Officers

During the June 27th Board of Directors meeting, the ACU Board elected its officers for the next year. The Board reelected Kathy Brieger as President and Virna Little as Vice-President, while also adding two new officers – Mary Kasal and Kirsten Thomsen. Kasal was elected as Treasurer, replacing Dr. Ellis Frazier, while Thomsen was elected to the Secretary position, replacing Earle Rugg. All officers received unanimous votes from the Board, with all terms running for one full year. Kathy … [Read more...]

ACU Receives Federal Funding Award

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Washington, D.C. (July 1, 2014) – The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) has been awarded a 3-year National Cooperative Agreement from the HHS’ Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) to assist Federally-Qualified Health Centers with their clinical workforce needs.  The award was made late last month and is slated to begin today, July 1. With this new federal funding, ACU will be able to provide technical assistance and training directly to health centers experiencing the greatest … [Read more...]

ACU Partners with Community Health Vote!

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) has joined a partnership with Community Health Vote to promote and assist safety net providers and community organizations in developing non-partisan voter engagement programs. In an effort to involve as many of the 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s) as possible, Community Health Vote has focused its Get-Out-the-Vote efforts and nonpartisan voter registration on the nearly 22.5 million FQHC patients. The implementation of … [Read more...]

ACU Recognizes 4 Clinician Heroes

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ACU will be recognizing four outstanding clinicians at our annual conference in June. In order to recognize the tireless efforts of those who positively impact our healthcare system, we asked our dedicated ACU members to nominate the person they thought was most deserving of the title "Clinician Hero of the Year."  The four winners listed below will be formally recognized at the Heroes Reception, hosted by Centene Corporation. The recipients will also have their story told in the … [Read more...]

ACU Member to Testify Before Congress

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On Wednesday April 9th, the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging will be holding a hearing on “Addressing Primary Care Access and Workforce Challenges: Voices from the Field.” ACU’s Jim Hotz, MD has been invited to testify about the importance of the National Health Service Corps program and the recruitment and retention challenges in shortage areas. Dr. Hotz, who is on ACU's Board of Directors, currently serves as Clinical Services Director for Albany Area Primary Health Care in … [Read more...]

Justin D’Addario Joins ACU Board

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Justin D’Addario was elected to the ACU Board of Directors in January and officially begins service starting this month. Currently a medical student at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, D’Addario is on track to graduate in 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree with a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University at Albany - State University of New York and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Prior to medical school, Justin worked as an undergraduate researcher and … [Read more...]

Kirsten Thomsen Joins ACU Board

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Nationally recognized physician assistant Kirsten Thomsen was elected to the ACU Board of Directors in December and officially begins her service starting this month. Thomsen has substantial experience in health care delivery and policy and ACU is excited to have her join the Board of Directors. Thomsen moved to Maine in 2010 from Washington DC where she was faculty at The George Washington University PA Program since 2003.  She also served with the Emergency Medical Reserve Corps (sent to … [Read more...]