September 18, 2014

Sequester and the NHSC

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What the Sequester means to the National Health Service Corps More than 250,000 people won’t have access to care in their community because of the broad cuts to federal programs known as the “sequester.”  The sequester lead to a $15 million cut in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) funding, reducing the number of recent awards made for those seeking to work in the underserved areas of our country. Let’s start with how the sequester came to be. In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that … [Read more...]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved: ACU Column on Asthma Project

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The August 2014 issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved is now available in print and online! The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved is happy to announce the most up-to-date JHCPU article focusing on Asthma Disparities. This silver issue opens with a reflection on health care management in the U.S., including the impact of Asthma Disparities and how EHR use can improve health outcomes; an ACU provided column that discusses the electronic health record and the … [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...]

Health Care Cliff

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Senator Sanders visited a health center in Mississippi this past weekend and returned from the trip very eager to develop strategies to address the primary care cliff. Read more here. … [Read more...]

CHC Workforce Center

COMING SOON - SITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) has received a national cooperative agreement from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care, to develop a training and technical assistance center for clinician recruitment and retention at community health centers. Over the three-year grant period, ACU will provide regional trainings and individualized technical assistance to the health centers of highest need. … [Read more...]

Comprehensive Asthma Resource List

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ACU's Comprehensive Asthma Resource List has everything you need to create an asthma care home for your patients. In one location, you can find resources including clinical guidelines, patient education and self-management materials, policy briefs, asthma reports, clinical toolkits, mobile technology and asthma information, and smoking cessation and tobacco materials. Many of the resources are available in both English and Spanish, and some in other languages, including Chinese. Also included … [Read more...]

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...]

New EPA/Air Quality Funding Announcements

EPA solicits grant applications for Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities: EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research on empowering communities and individuals to take action to avoid air pollution exposure, using low-cost portable air pollution sensors. Specifically of interest is research on using low-cost portable sensors to understand and avoid air pollution exposure, on the ways communities and individuals interact with air … [Read more...]

ACU Sponsors Congressional Briefing

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ACU is sponsoring a Congressional briefing on the ongoing impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011, and the federal "sequester". The briefing, scheduled for July 15th from 12:00-1:30pm, will feature several speakers on various health care topics. Tim Starkey, the CEO of Great Salt Plains Health Center in Cherokee, Oklahoma, and also the current president of the Oklahoma Primary Care Association, will be speaking on behalf of ACU. Starkey will be speaking specifically to the impact of … [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...]