Join us at the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved’s 2022 Annual Conference, “Resilience & Transformation in Care,” on July 31-August 2! Taking place in Washington, D.C. and virtually, this hybrid symposium will unite hundreds of clinicians, public health and industry leaders, advocates, and administrators from across the U.S. as we explore strategies to support the healthcare workforce and bridge gaps for a more equitable, just, diverse, and inclusive post-pandemic healthcare system.
Our symposium will offer CME-accredited trainings of interest to clinicians, administrators, and advocates alike in three tracks—Supporting a Thriving Workforce, Healthcare Delivery Reimagined, and Emerging Issues in Care for Marginalized Populations—as well as exciting general sessions, keynotes, poster presentations, networking opportunities, and more.
ACU 2022 Annual Conference Keynote Speakers
Co-Founder and Director of Tour for Diversity in Medicine (T4D), Dr. Matthews is a family physician, executive, advocate, and mentor, Dr. Matthews has devoted her career to under-resourced and marginalized communities, and under her leadership, T4D has hosted more than 3,500 diverse high-school and college students on 43 academic campuses across 27 states and the District of Columbia in interactive premedical enrichment activities and seminars since 2012. She has also held multiple leadership roles in FQHCs, correctional medicine, and the Veterans Health Administration, in addition to her current role as Chief Health Officer at Cityblock Health.
Dr. Luis Padilla is the 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. 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.
Jim Macrae is the associate administrator for the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Macrae guides BPHC in its support of nearly 1,400 health centers operating approximately 13,000 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Island, and the Pacific Basin.
Dr. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon is the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Through her 20-year career in behavioral health, Dr. Delphin-Rittmon has extensive experience in the design, evaluation, and administration of mental health, substance use and prevention services and systems and has received several awards for advancing policy in these areas.
Dr. Teeb Al-Samarrai is the Director of Science and Policy in the Office of the Surgeon General. In this role, she provides strategic leadership and scientific and policy expertise, ensuring the evidence base for the Surgeon General’s priority areas and overseeing scientific documents such as Surgeon General’s Advisories, Surgeon General’s Reports, and supporting Public Health Reports, the peer-reviewed journal of the Office of the Surgeon General and US Public Health Service.
Pre-Conference Workshop: Workforce Resilience and Transformation: Getting Started in Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
This year’s pre-conference workshop will focus on strategies to increase justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) within healthcare organizations. Many medically underserved communities are often located in high poverty areas that have a higher representation of minoritized and historically disinvested patient populations. Health care organizations in these areas should be working to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) within their workplaces to not only create welcoming places for their employees but to also drive programs for their patient population. While many healthcare leaders and employees are invested in establishing a JEDI culture, many do not know where to start. In this pre-conference workshop, participants will discuss JEDI culture in organizations, walk through steps to operationalize JEDI within their workplaces, and engage in activities to help develop and inform JEDI action plans. Participants will also hear from a panel of health center leaders to gain insight into how JEDI is being operationalized at different sites, including successful strategies, challenges, and lessons learned along the way.
National Health Service Corps 50th Anniversary Gala
Join the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved in a singular celebration of the National Health Service Corps at our NHSC 50th Anniversary Gala on August 1! From 7-10 p.m. ET, this black-tie optional event will honor the NHSC’s 50-year history of connecting clinicians with underserved communities with festivities, films, and speeches from public health luminaries. Eric Redman—an author, businessman, and former Congressional staffer whose instrumental role in helping to establish the NHSC is captured in his nonfiction book The Dance of Legislation—will give a keynote speech, and attendees will also view a commemorative film sharing firsthand reminiscences from Corps alumni and ambassadors from the Bureau of Health Workforce.