March 5, 2015

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...]

President Reconfirms Strong Support for NHSC in FY16 Budget

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Proposes Field Strength of 15,000 for the Program McLean, VA – The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) expressed its strong appreciated for the President’s FY2016 Budget Request for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program today. The President’s Budget would expand the program to include 15,000 primary care providers in underserved communities across the country – the current field strength is roughly 8,500 providers. The NHSC program provides loan repayment and … [Read more...]

NHSC Loan Repayment Program Accepting Applications

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The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is now accepting applications for its Loan Repayment Program which helps primary care providers pay off student loans while serving in communities with limited access to health care. The NHSC loan repayment and scholarship programs have enabled thousands of health care professionals to pursue their dreams of serving in primary care while eliminating most, if not all, of their qualifying educational debt. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, programs like … [Read more...]

ACU Launches STAR² Center

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The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) is pleased to announce the official launch of its Solutions, Training, and Assistance for Recruitment and Retention (STAR²) Center at www.chcworkforce.org. The STAR² Center will provide resources, regional training, and individual technical assistance to help health centers address their clinician workforce challenges. Resources The STAR² Center hosts an online resource center, cataloging a wide variety of toolkits, research, best … [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 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...]

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...]

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...]

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 the 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. As Director of the Oregon Primary Care Office, Mr. Overbeck leads a team of people dedicated to promoting … [Read more...]