July 23, 2014

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 to and assist not only more health centers, but also other safety net providers and community organizations in developing non-partisan voter engagement programs. In a Non-Profit effort to involve as many of the more than 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Center organizations (FQHC’s) as possible, Community Health Vote is focusing their Get-Out-the-Vote efforts and nonpartisan … [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...]

The Built Environment and Children’s Health

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The built environment refers to human-made settings such as roads, buildings, sidewalks, and play structures. The built environment is important in our communities because it affects our physical and mental health and well-being by encouraging – or discouraging – positive activities. The built environment, if designed as a healthy community, is particularly important to children’s health as it can benefit them in many different ways. On the other hand, living in communities that are unsafe or … [Read more...]

Security and Privacy: Making the Budget Case

Mark your calendar for this free webinar on Funding Security and Privacy: Making the Case for Your Budget, Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 1 - 2 p.m. ET, offered by ACU and QiP Solutions.  Register here Have you been tasked with meeting HIPAA security and privacy requirements without an adequate budget?  For many smaller providers, clinics and hospitals, funding of security and privacy is not a priority • What information needs to be presented to business planners to ensure that smaller … [Read more...]

Developing an Asthma Clinical Decision Support Tool

ACU and the Alliance of Chicago have partnered to create an electronic Asthma Clinical Decision Support tool intended to improve asthma care in primary care settings. The tool is is based on the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's evidence-based asthma clinical guidelines. Embedded in the electronic health record, the Asthma Clinical Decision Support tool prompts clinicians to educate and engage patients and their families about environmental asthma triggers. It also provides data for … [Read more...]