September 27, 2016

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 and Envolve Bring the “SeeMore” Vision Van to Greater Portland Health

McLean, VA – The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) and Envolve will continue the collaboration started earlier this year and bring the “SeeMore” Vision Van, a traveling eye care vehicle, to Greater Portland Health in Portland, Maine. Free eye care services will be provided to the community September 23-24 at the Park Avenue location in Portland. ACU and Envolve are working together to bring the Vision Van to health care organizations caring for underserved communities … [Read more...]

ACU Announces 2016 Award Recipients

ACU Announces 2016 Award Recipients Leaders In Health Care Access Honored At 2016 Annual Conference McLean, VA - The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) awarded its highest honors, the Clinician of the Year, Organizational Excellence, and the Congressional Champion award winners during the 2016 Annual Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington D.C.  ACU also selected a winning poster session submission during the Conference. “This year’s award winners reflect the … [Read more...]

Clinton Proposes “Near Tripling” of NHSC

On Saturday, Secretary Hillary Clinton announced additional details of her health care proposals, including a call to “nearly triple” the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program. The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU), founded by NHSC alumni in 1996, has been urging policy-makers to strengthen and expand the program to address the shortages that exist across the country. Secretary Clinton also called for investments in the Health Centers program and reforms in the insurance … [Read more...]

ACU and Envolve Bring Mobile Eye Care to Nashville

McLean, VA - The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) and Envolve, an integrated healthcare solutions company, are partnering with Neighborhood Health in Nashville, Tenn., to bring a Free Mobile Vision Van to the community June 9 - June 11. ACU and Envolve are working together throughout 2016 to bring the “SeeMore” Vision Van to underserved communities across the country. The Vision Van is operated by Envolve, a nationally respected provider of fully integrated, risk-based eye … [Read more...]

Crusader for Justice – Virgilio Licona

A note from ACU’s Executive Director, Craig Kennedy: Dr. Virgilio Licona, a great friend to me and to so many advocates for the underserved, passed away on March 29, 2016. His passing is a tremendous loss for his family, friends, colleagues, and the health care community. We will miss him deeply, and are honored to have witnessed the profound impact of his life’s work. For more information on his legacy, please visit his tribute page here. (http://www.saludclinic.org/#!licona/n5kji) I am … [Read more...]

Statement on President’s FY17 Budget

With the release of President Obama’s FY2017 Budget Proposal, the Administration has once again shown its strong and on-going support for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program. “We applaud the President’s strong and consistent support for this effective program,” said Craig A. Kennedy MPH, ACU’s Executive Director. “The President’s proposal will enable millions of people to get the primary care they need, and do so in a cost-effective manner. In addition, the President has proposed … [Read more...]

HIMSS16 Annual Conference

HIMSS16 Annual Conference & Exhibition February 29 – March 4, 2016 Sands Expo Convention Center | Las Vegas, NV ACU is an official Endorser of HIMSS16, and our members are eligible to receive the member discount to attend! To receive the discount, go to the conference website and select “Register Now”.  Select Association of Clinicians for the Underserved from the “Conference Endorsing Organizations” drop down in the registration process, and enter your membership number. HIMSS16 will … [Read more...]

2016 Annual Conference

Transdisciplinary Care Across the Health Care Continuum The 2016 Annual Conference is focused on bringing clinical leaders of all types together to focus on improving 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 both … [Read more...]

November Journal Now Available

The November edition of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved is now available on-line. This edition has nearly three dozen articles in several different categories, including Policy, Problems, and Solutions. We would especially like to draw your attention to the article on Colorectal Cancer by a team that included ACU Board Member Jim Hotz. The article, Reported Use of Electronic Health Records to Implement Evidence Based Approaches to Colorectal Cancer Screening in Community … [Read more...]

New Asthma Resources Now Available

New ACU Issue Brief Available on AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org: When integrated into the electronic health record (EHR) and clinical workflow, clinical decision support (CDS) can enhance health care quality and improve patient outcomes.1 Using computerized alerts, reminders, forms, templates, data reports, evidence-based protocols, and other tools, CDS organizes, filters, and presents clinical knowledge and patient-specific information to guide decisions at the point of care.2 This brief … [Read more...]