January 21, 2018

National Health Center Week 2014

In celebration of National Health Center Week, HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield posted a message recognizing the critical role health centers play in assuring more accessible, affordable, quality health care services to millions of people. See the full HRSA post here. … [Read more...]

Integrated Pharmacy Webinar

Understanding the Value of Integrating Pharmacy Services To Improve Health Outcomes and Patient Safety Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 2PM-3PM ET Presenter: Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE, Director of Clinical Pharmacy at El Rio Health Center Host: The National Center for Health in Public Housing Summary:  Due to the vulnerable nature of the health center patient base, health professionals are interested in integrating more clinical and ancillary services into primary are. Health … [Read more...]

2014 Annual Conference – Pharmacy Track

ACU has partnered with Apexus to offer 340B University to the Pharmacy Track during its 2014 Annual Meeting and Health IT Forum.  340B University is a nationally-recognized education track that will focus on clinical pharmacy and integration in the clinic setting. "ACU offering 340B University at its annual meeting will be tremendously beneficial to all participants because it will create an opportunity for providers that work with the underserved to understand the value that 340B can bring to … [Read more...]

Dr. Jim Hotz Joins ACU Board

Dr. Jim Hotz has been elected to the ACU Board of Directors at their February meeting with his two year term starting in March. Dr. Hotz' knowledge, expertise and long-standing commitment to the underserved will be a tremendous asset to ACU’s Board. Thirty-five years ago, Dr. Jim Hotz helped found Albany Area Primary Health Care a community health center with 13 clinical sites serving over 35,000 poor and rural patients in Southwest Georgia. He still has an active clinical practice and is … [Read more...]

New Health Center Funding Awarded

The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $150 million in awards under the Affordable Care Act to support 236 new health center sites across the country. These investments will help care for approximately 1.25 million additional patients. Click here to see the full list of awards:  http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/11/20131107a.html … [Read more...]

Craig A. Kennedy, MPH – Executive Director

Craig joined ACU in 2013 and has management responsibility for all aspects of the Association and reports to the Board of Directors.  ACU’s mission is to improve the health of America’s underserved populations and to enhance the development and support of the health care clinicians serving these populations.  ACU was founded by alumni of the National Health Service Corps and ACU’s commitment to that program continues today. Craig joined ACU after working with community health centers for 13 … [Read more...]

Insurance Marketplaces Now Open!

Starting today, and remaining open through March 31, 2014, you can apply for health insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces (also called "exchanges").  Enrollment in the new insurance won't begin until January 1, 2014 when the law mandates coverage for individuals and families. Find out more on the HealthCare.gov website. You can also watch this informational video from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. … [Read more...]

NHSC Site Application Cycle Opens

Today, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) opened its 2014 Site Application cycle which represents an opportunity for more eligible sites to apply to become approved NHSC sites.  For information regarding Eligibility Requirements and an Applicant Checklist please visit the NHSC website.  In addition, the application cycle for all NHSC sites required to submit a 2014 recertification application, also opens today.  Both application cycles will remain open until November 1, 2013, 7:30pm ET. … [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...]

Free Tuition – IHI Open School

ACU will award up to 20 scholarships to members to attend the IHI Open School for Health Professions online courses free for one year. The IHI Open School is an inter-professional educational community focused on health care improvement. Courses address topics such as quality improvement, patient safety, teamwork, leadership, and patient-centered care (view courses and certificates here). Courses are open to health professionals in nursing, health administration, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, … [Read more...]