December 21, 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...]

100+ Groups Push Congress to Support Primary Care

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ACU worked with a broad coalition of stakeholder to draft a joint letter calling on Congress to avert the Primary Care Funding cliff as soon as possible. The letter, signed by more than 100 national organizations, urges Congress to address the funding cliffs for Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps, and the Teaching Health Centers program. ACU was founded by alumni of the NHSC and has led the effort to save the NHSC from the impending funding cliff. The full text of … [Read more...]

2015 Conference – Call for Exhibitors

CALL FOR EXHIBITORS  ACU is convening its 2015 Annual Conference and Workforce Forum: "Empowering Clinicians & Communities" from June 1-3, 2015, at the Westin Alexandria Hotel in Alexandria, VA. ACU invites interested exhibitors to register today to reserve their space at the conference. The 2015 Conference will offer a full array of keynote speakers and valuable educational sessions, with special tracks focusing on: Clinical Quality Improvement Workforce Recruitment & … [Read more...]

2015 Conference – Call for Abstracts

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS  Deadline: January 31, 2015 ACU is convening its 2015 Annual Conference and Workforce Forum: "Empowering Clinicians & Communities" from June 1-3, 2015, at the Westin Alexandria Hotel in Alexandria, VA. ACU invites interested presenters to submit abstracts for workshops at this national conference. We are seeking presentations that clinicians will find useful in their daily work, and also looking to the future as the health care landscape continues to change. Topics … [Read more...]

Student Membership Offer!

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APPLY FOR A FREE STUDENT MEMBERSHIP TODAY! ACU is working with a generous sponsor that is seeking to support a limited number of free memberships in ACU for Health Professionals in Training. Deadline for applications is November 15, so if you are a health professional in training and interested in joining ACU for free, please fill out the application here. … [Read more...]

Open Letter from HHS re: Ebola

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Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, has issued an open letter to all frontline health care providers.  The full letter can be accessed here. In short, providers need to:        Detect: Ask All Patients with Non-Specific Complaints About Recent Travel        Protect: Use Good Infection Control Practices        Respond: Have a Plan In addition, the CDC website has many important resources for clinicians to learn more about Ebola. … [Read more...]

ACU Launches STAR² Center

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The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) has received a national cooperative agreement from the Bureau of Primary Health Care to create a training and technical assistance center around clinician recruitment and retention issues at community health centers. The Solutions, Training, and Assistance for Recruitment and Retention (STAR²) Center will provide resources, regional training, and individualized technical assistance about clinician workforce issues to the health centers of … [Read more...]

Asthma

ACU belongs to the EPA's AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org, an interactive online community designed for asthma champions to share, learn, and connect with peers to advance asthma care. Join this national network of community-based programs and access cutting-edge tools, the latest strategies and hundreds resources in asthma care and management.   NEW! Online Professional Education Session Building an Asthma Care Home, Available On Demand - a 60-minute pre-recorded webinar. Watch this … [Read more...]

Marc Overbeck Joins ACU Board

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Mr. Marc Overbeck of Oregon was elected in August to serve as the new Primary Care Organization (PCO) representative on the ACU Board of Directors. Mr. Overbeck is currently the Vice Chair of the PCO National Committee, a group representative of the 54 state and territorial Primary Care Offices in advocating the work and needs of PCOs with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and others; he has been elected Chair of that group for 2015. As Director of the Oregon Primary Care … [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...]