The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) Board of Directors unanimously elected three new board members at its recent meeting. Dr. Adrian Billings will serve a three-year term on the board, and Rohit Abraham and Juli Hishida will serve one-year terms as health professionals in training. Each brings a diverse pool of talent and experience to the board and will provide strategic guidance to the organization.
Dr. Adrian Billings is a full spectrum family medicine physician with Presidio County Health Services, a federally qualified health center, practicing in rural Marfa and Presidio, Texas. Dr. Billings also serves as chief of staff of Big Bend Regional Medical Center, a critical access hospital, in Alpine, Texas. He is a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship recipient who completed his service obligation in 2011. Dr. Billings has been an outspoken supporter for the NHSC and has passionately shared his experience working with underserved populations in rural and frontier settings.
Dr. Billings recently completed a 3-year term on the National Advisory Council of the NHSC. He also served as a member of the United States Delegation to the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland in 2014. He currently serves as a physician advisor to the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Healthy Kids program, which provides free bicycle helmets to children in an effort to prevent closed head injuries.
Juli Hishida is a first-year student in the counseling psychology doctoral program at Tennessee State University. She also serves as Project Manager at the National Health Care for the Homeless Council where she collaborates with national partners and subject-matter experts in the field to develop educational resources on various administrative and behavioral health topics relevant to homeless health care. Recent and upcoming projects address youth homelessness, trauma-informed framework, behavioral health integration, patient satisfaction, and enabling services.
Rohit Abraham is a third-year MD/MPH student and Zuckerman Fellow, training at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As an alumni of the Teach For America and AmeriCorps programs, he plans to combine a career as a future emergency physician and a county health department director.
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The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved is a transdisciplinary membership organization of clinicians, advocates, and healthcare organizations that provide health care for the underserved. Our programs include professional education, clinical tools, advocacy, patient education, training and technical assistance. For more information, please visit our website at www.clinicians.org.