ACU Welcomes Dr. Luis Padilla as a Keynote Speaker at the 2021 ACU Annual Conference
The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved is honored to welcome Dr. Luis Padilla, MD, FAAFP, Associate Administrator of the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration and Director of the National Health Service Corps, as a keynote speaker at our virtual 2021 Conference, “Mission: Health Equity,” from Nov. 1-2. Dr. Padilla is a nationally recognized public health leader and administrator, and he will headline our symposium exploring clinical-, workforce-, and policy-based solutions to eliminate health disparities and address systemic practices contributing to poor health in Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQIA, and other underserved groups.
As the leader of BHW, Padilla administers over 40 workforce programs with a budget of more than $1.6 billion with the goal of improving access to quality healthcare by developing, distributing, and retaining a diverse and culturally competent health workforce. His efforts support the health center workforce across the entire education and training to service continuum. Prior to joining BHW, Padilla served as the senior health policy advisor to the CEO of Unity Health Care in Washington, D.C., a federally qualified health center network and ACU member organization with over 100,000 patients. He was also a former NHSC Scholar.
Padilla’s presentation will be one of many highlights in our CME-accredited ACU Conference offering crucial trainings for clinicians, administrators, and advocates alike. The virtual event will feature three unique tracks—Workforce, Policy, and Practice—as well as exciting general sessions and keynotes.