December 9, 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...]

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...]

ACU Board President to Speak at White House Event

ACU Board President Virna Little is scheduled to speak on the first panel today at the White House's "Making Health Care Better" Event on Suicide Prevention. Dr. Little is the Senior Vice President for Psychosocial Services and Community Affairs at the Institute for Family Health, and is also the current Board President of ACU. See complete advisory below, and watch Dr. Little at noon today! _________________________________________________________ THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press … [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...]