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ACU 2023 Conference: Transformation: Elevating Care, Clinicians, & Communities

July 23-26, 2023

Agenda | Hill Day

Browse Our Schedule-at-a-Glance

Don’t forget to browse our new Schedule-at-a-Glance to plan your #ACUConf experience.

Join the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved at our 2023 Conference, “Transformation: Elevating Care, Clinicians, & Communities!” From July 23-26 at the Marriott Marquis in the heart of Washington, D.C., our Conference will unite hundreds of healthcare clinicians, administrators, advocates, and public health leaders from across the U.S., all with an interest in expanding access to care and improving healthcare delivery for medically underserved populations.

This year’s Conference theme and its four tracks spotlight the need to ensure high-quality, accessible, and inclusive care for all, to support and elevate our healthcare workforce, and to advance health equity in historically marginalized populations. This year’s conference will also feature exciting programming geared towards students, including student-recommended workshops, a networking breakfast, and more.

Register today for 20+ CME-accredited sessions, two in-depth Pre-Conference trainings, a dedicated Hill Day for advocacy visits, engaging keynotes from federal and public health leaders, poster presentations, networking, and more with us in D.C.!

Welcoming Student Attendees

This year’s conference will feature programming geared toward students including:
  • Student-recommended workshops
  • A networking breakfast for both students and professionals on Monday, July 24th
  • An advocacy training (e.g., how to set up meetings with legislators and what to expect) on Tuesday, July 25th
For more details, please take a look at the schedule at a glance.

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

  • LaShyra Nolen
    LaShyra Nolen

    Founding Executive Director of We Got Us, Medical Student, Writer, and Activist

    LaShyra “Lash” Nolen is a writer, activist, founder of We Got Us, and MD/MPP student at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has been featured in Health Affairs and NPR, and she has served as a White House Health Equity Roundtable member and a Fulbright Scholar.

  • Jessica Neely

    National Crisis Center Director for Sandy Hook Promise

    A passionate motivator, advocate, and leader, Jessica Neely is Director of Sandy Hook Promise’s National Crisis Center, which has implemented thousands of mental health interventions and averted 15 planned school shootings. Neely has also created curricula for the Miami Dade County Public School system and led numerous restorative justice initiatives for underserved youth.

  • James Macrae, MA, MPP

    Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Primary Health Care

    Jim Macrae leads 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 . He also previously served as Acting Administrator for HRSA.

  • Dr. Luis Padilla
    Dr. Luis Padilla, MD, FAAFP

    Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Health Workforce, NHSC Director

    Dr. Luis Padilla, MD, FAAFP, leads the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and is Director of the National Health Service Corps, As the leader of BHW, Padilla administers over 40 workforce programs.

Pre-Conference Trainings

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Talking with Patients About the Impact of Racism on Health

Despite its impact on physical and mental health, racism is rarely discussed with patients in a clinical setting. Lacking technical or lived experience, clinicians and others who provide direct care to patients may feel deeply uncomfortable bringing up racism, and patients might find it jarring if not incorporated into conversation delicately. This session will explore the relationship between racism and health, when and how to discuss it with patients, and steps to take when patients need support. While racism will be centered in this session, other forms of discrimination will also be discussed. Didactic training, group discussion, case studies, and role play will be used to improve your capacity to discuss and address racism and other forms of discrimination using a trauma-informed and compassionate approach. This session will be of interest to clinicians of all disciplines and others who deliver direct care and support to patients including outreach workers, community health workers, and counselors.

Workforce: Management and Leadership Training for Retention

In today’s environment, great managers are crucial for employee retention! It is well documented that employees often leave managers, not jobs. In order to be great managers, adequate training is a must. But what types of training do they need? Join this session to learn about the critical types of training managers need to advance as leaders and retain their employees. We will discuss various technical and soft skills needed to develop well-rounded leaders at your organization. Participants will also begin developing manager training plans for their organization during this session.

#ACUConf Social Media Toolkit

Are you attending our 2023 Conference and excited about the event? Help us raise awareness about #ACUConf with our toolkit of free downloadable graphics and suggested copy! Feel free to share our sample posts, images, and  more from our toolkit, and be sure to and tag us when you share information about the event on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter.


Thank You to Our Sponsors

Centene Corporation, Sponsor of the ACU 2022 Annual Conference
On Belay Health Solutions
SMART Conversations

Have Questions About the Annual Conference?

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