March 29, 2017

Sequester and the NHSC

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...]

ACU Elects Three New Board Members

  The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) Board of Directors unanimously elected three new board members at its recent meeting. Dr. Adrian Billings will serve a three-year term on the board, and Rohit Abraham and Juli Hishida will serve one-year terms as health professionals in training.  Each brings a diverse pool of talent and experience to the board and will provide strategic guidance to the organization. Dr. Adrian Billings is a full spectrum family medicine physician … [Read more...]

ACU 2017 Webinar Series

Introducing ACU’s 2017 Webinar Series: Excellence in Team-Based Care For the Underserved ACU will host four free webinars featuring nationally recognized clinicians, educators, leaders, and policy makers working to improve access to care for our underserved communities. Back by popular demand! This series features some of the most popular sessions from ACU’s 2016 Conference.You can take this chance to learn from an expert you may have missed at our conference, or share with your colleagues … [Read more...]

ACU and Envolve Kickoff the 2017 “SeeMore” Vision Van Tour

McLean, VA – The 2017 “SeeMore” Vision Van tour gets underway as the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) and Envolve partner with health care organizations across the country.  The Vision Van will provide free vision services for adults and children and will offer a vision screening at no cost for those in need. Free prescription eyewear and reading glasses will be provided based on results. “This is a tremendous opportunity and with the generosity of Envolve, we are able to … [Read more...]

ACU Statement on the Death of Rod Manifold

ACU is devastated to learn of the death of Roderick “Rod” Manifold, along with his wife and mother-in-law, in a car accident yesterday morning. Rod, the CEO of Central Virginia Health Services, was a perfect example of what it meant to be “for the underserved” and we will miss him greatly. He generously gave his time and talent to help others, and he was a terrific partner in every sense of the word. He helped educate policy-makers on the value of community-based care at all levels, including … [Read more...]

2017 Annual Conference

Excellence in Team-Based Care for the Underserved The 2017 Annual Conference is focused on bringing clinical leaders of all types together to focus on improving team-based care for the underserved. The Conference will feature national leaders and top government officials for discussions on cultural competency, patient engagement, workforce recruitment and retention, health information technology and policy and advocacy. Working together, across the clinical disciplines, we can truly improve … [Read more...]

ACU Organizes Letter to Support Medicaid Expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2017 Over 100 National, State and Local Organizations Cosign ACU Letter The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, along with 117 other national, state and local health care organizations, sent a letter to Congress to focus attention on the importance of the Medicaid expansion funding provided through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Congressional leaders have committed to repealing the ACA later this month, and have begun consideration of a budget … [Read more...]

The Coalition for Health Funding Elects Craig Kennedy as President-Elect for 2017-2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  December 15, 2016 Contact: Karen Wilson                                                                                                      (703) 562-8845   The Coalition for Health Funding Elects Craig Kennedy  as President-Elect for 2017-2018 McLean, VA – Craig Kennedy, Executive Director for the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, has been elected President-elect of … [Read more...]

HIMSS17 Annual Conference & Exhibition

HIMSS17 Annual Conference & Exhibition February 19-23, 2017 Orange County Convention Center | Orlando, FL ACU is proud to be an official Endorser of HIMSS17. As such, our members receive the member discount to attend! To receive the discount, go to the conference website and select “Register Now”. Select ACU from the “Conference Endorsing Organizations” drop down in the registration process, and enter the code ENDACU17. The 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, February … [Read more...]

National Groups Call on Congress to Extend Safety Net Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2016 National Groups Call on Congress to Extend Safety Net Funding A coalition of national groups dedicated to the well-being of children, vulnerable people, and underserved communities today urged Congress to act swiftly to extend funding for vital safety net programs that will expire next year without legislative action. "Without action by Congress either later this year or early in the next Congress, major disruptions will begin taking place, negatively … [Read more...]

ACU Voter Resource Center

We at the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved want all our advocates to vote in this year's elections and we want you to have as much information about the candidates and how to cast your vote as possible. The ACU Voter Resource Center has information on all your elected officials and candidates - incumbents and challengers - local state and federal, as well as information on early voting and absentee voting in your state and district. You can also use the link in the ACU Voter … [Read more...]