July 31, 2014

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 Sponsors Congressional Briefing


ACU is sponsoring a Congressional briefing on the ongoing impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011, and the federal "sequester". The briefing, scheduled for July 15th from 12:00-1:30pm, will feature several speakers on various health care topics. Tim Starkey, the CEO of Great Salt Plains Health Center in Cherokee, Oklahoma, and also the current president of the Oklahoma Primary Care Association, will be speaking on behalf of ACU. Starkey will be speaking specifically to the impact of … [Read more...]

ACU Elects New Officers

During the June 27th Board of Directors meeting, the ACU Board elected its officers for the next year. The Board reelected Kathy Brieger as President and Virna Little as Vice-President, while also adding two new officers – Mary Kasal and Kirsten Thomsen. Kasal was elected as Treasurer, replacing Dr. Ellis Frazier, while Thomsen was elected to the Secretary position, replacing Earle Rugg. All officers received unanimous votes from the Board, with all terms running for one full year. Kathy … [Read more...]

ACU Receives Federal Funding Award


Washington, D.C. (July 1, 2014) – The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) has been awarded a 3-year National Cooperative Agreement from the HHS’ Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) to assist Federally-Qualified Health Centers with their clinical workforce needs.  The award was made late last month and is slated to begin today, July 1. With this new federal funding, ACU will be able to provide technical assistance and training directly to health centers experiencing the greatest … [Read more...]

ACU Partners with Community Health Vote!

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) has joined a partnership with Community Health Vote to promote to and assist not only more health centers, but also other safety net providers and community organizations in developing non-partisan voter engagement programs. In a Non-Profit effort to involve as many of the more than 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Center organizations (FQHC’s) as possible, Community Health Vote is focusing their Get-Out-the-Vote efforts and nonpartisan … [Read more...]

HRSA Reorganizes Health Workforce Bureaus

Proud to Support NHSC

Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2014)—Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) formally announced the creation of the Bureau of Health Workforce. This new Bureau, led by Rebecca Spitzgo, will combine programs previously run by the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) and the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service (BCRS). The National Health Service Corps program will be managed within the new Office of Health Careers, with the intention of enabling the program to be better … [Read more...]

ACU Recognizes 4 Clinician Heroes


ACU will be recognizing four outstanding clinicians at our annual conference in June. In order to recognize the tireless efforts of those who positively impact our healthcare system, we asked our dedicated ACU members to nominate the person they thought was most deserving of the title "Clinician Hero of the Year."  The four winners listed below will be formally recognized at the Heroes Reception, hosted by Centene Corporation. The recipients will also have their story told in the … [Read more...]

Senate Panel Discusses Tobacco Regulation

Washington, D.C. (May 22, 2014) — Last week a hearing was convened to discuss the state of tobacco use and regulation in the United States.  Sens. Tom Harkin, D-IA, Richard Burr, R-N.C., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., examined both the extraordinary public health efforts that have driven down tobacco use and the enormous challenges that remain. Panel members, Dr. Tim McAfee of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health and Mitch Zeller of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco … [Read more...]

ACU Recognizes Asthma Awareness Month

Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2014) - The ACU is proud to recognize the month of May as Asthma Awareness Month, in an effort to raise awareness of the risks faced everyday by an estimated 26 million Americans living with asthma. ACU joins the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and the American Lung Association among many others recognizing Asthma Awareness Month. ACU understands the disparate impact of asthma in the U.S., with the highest … [Read more...]

Integrated Pharmacy Webinar


Understanding the Value of Integrating Pharmacy Services To Improve Health Outcomes and Patient Safety Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 2PM-3PM ET Presenter: Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE, Director of Clinical Pharmacy at El Rio Health Center Host: The National Center for Health in Public Housing Summary:  Due to the vulnerable nature of the health center patient base, health professionals are interested in integrating more clinical and ancillary services into primary are. Health … [Read more...]

ACU Board Member Testifies Before Congress

Panelists with Chairman Bernie Sanders.  Dr. Hotz on far right.

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) was front and center at a U.S. Senate hearing on the primary care workforce. The hearing, held by the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging [press release], “Addressing Primary Care Access and Workforce Challenges: Voices from the Field” focused on the primary care access crisis, doctor shortages and strategies to boost the number of providers around the country.  Jim Hotz, MD, a member of ACU’s Board of Directors and founder of … [Read more...]