May 29, 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...]

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...]

Attend HIMSS Connected Health Conference

Join ACU at the recently launched HIMSS Connected Health Conference, an all-inclusive conference featuring three innovative events – the mHealth Summit, now in its 7th year, and the new CyberSecurity Summit and PopHealth Summit – all taking place simultaneously November 8 –11, 2015 at the Gaylord National Resort in the Washington, DC area. The mHealth Summit is the premier conference and expo for discovering the latest in mobile, telehealth and connected health; the CyberSecurity Summit will … [Read more...]

ACU is hiring!

We’re looking for a Membership Director who will bring an entrepreneurial spirit to our wonderful association. The opportunity to bring a mix of both tested and innovative ideas to our mission-driven association is right here! We are based in northern Virginia with a growing staff who are committed to ensuring everyone in our country has access to primary health care, with our roots based in the National Health Service Corps program. Our membership has a wide variety of professional interests, … [Read more...]

Michael Mank Joins ACU Board

At the June 2015 meeting, Michael Mank was elected to the ACU Board of Directors as one of two Health Professionals in Training. His term runs for one year and he joins Justin D'Addario of Stony Brook University School of Medicine as the two Health Professionals in Training on the Board. Michael Mank is a 4th year medical student at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University and a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholar. Prior to medical school, he worked … [Read more...]

2015 Conference Program Now Available

The full 2015 Conference Program is now available online. We have every speaker, every workshop, every sponsor and every exhibitor included, with more details on the hotel and transportation options as well. Check out the program and see pictures of the conference! … [Read more...]