April 25, 2017

LGBT patients: the forgotten minority

Lea Mollon, a pharmacy student at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, wrote the column The Forgotten Minorities: Health Disparities of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Communities which appeared in the February 2012 Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Here, she describes what prompted her to write the column and the reaction she received to it. I thought it was important to highlight some of the disparities for other health care professionals or anyone … [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...]

Congratulations to these ACU staff!

Anna Gard, FNP, was awarded a scholarship to attend the George Washington School of Public Health “Health Information Technology for Clinician Leaders” graduate certificate program. She will begin this yearlong program in May to support her work in facilitating the implementation of health information technology in public health care organizations to improve population health outcomes. Lois Wessel, CFNP,  co-authored an article published in the Journal of Family Practice on simple strategies … [Read more...]

Member leads drive to recognize pharmacists as providers

Sandra Leal, PharmD, CDE, a past president of ACU, has been instrumental in gathering more than 18,000 signatures on an online petition urging that pharmacists be recognized as health care providers under the Social Security Act and, therefore be paid by Medicare for therapy management and patient consultation services. Recently, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, an ACU Founding Member, wrote a letter of support. Dr. Benjamin was commenting on the report Improving Patient and Health … [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...]