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August 4-7, 2024 | The Westin Washington, DC Downtown | Washington, D.C.

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From August 4-7 at the Westin Washington, DC Downtown in the heart of Washington, D.C., ACU’s 2024 Conference “Envisioning a More Equitable Future: Advancing Stakeholder-Centered Innovation,” 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. We’re excited offer four Pre-Conference Workshops taking place on August 4. These half-day seminars will kick off an outstanding program featuring 20+ CME-accredited workshops, engaging keynote addresses, multiple networking opportunities, and more!

Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion: Interrogating Our Work: Perspectives on Social Drivers of Health and Disability

9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Meeting Room 2

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and InclusionToday, it is well established that social drivers of health have a greater influence on patient health outcomes than the medical care they receive in the healthcare setting. To improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities, health centers are increasingly using assessment tools to better understand social factors impacting health. However, these tools tend to pathologize patients as a constellation of problems that need to be “fixed.” What if we reframed the way we assess social needs by focusing on what brings each patient joy and fulfillment? During the first part of this workshop, participants will discuss a framework that offers a more aspirational and empowered approach to understanding and supporting patient needs.

Building on the first part of the workshop, participants will interrogate the medical model of disability, which views people who have disabilities as needing to be “fixed” to thrive in society. The social model of disability offers an alternative perspective in which people with disabilities are already fully capable of engaging in and thriving in society but are prevented from doing so due to social barriers. As such, it is not the person that needs to be fixed, but the social environment.

This workshop applies a justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) lens to the current healthcare mindset and practice as it relates to social drivers of health and disability. All levels of clinicians, staff, students, educators, and advocates will find this workshop valuable to their work. We hope you will join us for this energizing, insightful, and thought-provoking event.

Lifestyle Medicine: Advancing the Quintuple Aim through Lifestyle Medicine within Health Center Networks

In partnership with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Ballroom Salon F

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) established the Health Equity Achieved through Lifestyle Medicine (HEAL) Initiative to address health disparities through lifestyle medicine solutions. It’s no secret that communities of color and individuals living in rural communities are disproportionately impacted by lifestyle-related chronic diseases. In addition, these unique populations are more likely to experience nutrition insecurity and other social determinants of health (SDoH) that impede on their ability to lead healthy lives.

Health centers help increase access to vital primary care by reducing SDoH. To support health centers and the development of a nationwide lifestyle medicine-trained workforce within health centers, ACLM made a $46 million commitment to the White House Conference on Hunger, Health and Nutrition and established the ACLM National Training Initiative (NTI). Through the program, ACLM covers training and certification for one primary care provider at each of the nation’s 1,400 FQHCs.

In this session, you will hear about lifestyle medicine strategies emerging within health centers, learn tips on getting buy-in and support from health center leadership when trying to implement and scale lifestyle medicine clinic-wide, and be inspired by health center partnerships with community-based organizations helping to mitigate social needs that create barriers to lifestyle medicine interventions.

Workforce: Pouring from a Full Cup: Organizational Wellbeing Planning & Implementation

1-4 p.m. | Ballroom Salon F

In the dynamic landscape of health center organizational success, the importance of holistic well-being cannot be overstated. Join us in this pre-conference workshop, where we delve into the intricacies of building and sustaining a workplace that prioritizes the health and vitality of its providers and staff. “Pouring from a Full Cup” focuses on comprehensive organizational well-being, addressing key pillars such as emotional, physical, financial, and communication wellness.

This workshop will include interactive sessions to guide participants through the process of developing and implementing a customized Organizational Well-being Plan. Equip your organization to thrive by ensuring your team is not just working, but flourishing. Join us on this transformative journey towards organizational excellence.

Unlocking Sustainable Funding: Strategies for Aligning Medicaid with Medical-Legal Partnership

In Partnership with the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership | 1-4 p.m. | Ballroom Salon F

Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) stand as allies in addressing the social determinants of health among Medicaid beneficiaries and providers. However, the challenge lies in sustaining their invaluable services amidst funding constraints. This workshop is tailored to empower MLP practitioners with actionable strategies and tools geared towards tapping into the potential of Medicaid to forge a sustainable path forward.

Explore the landscape of coding, billing intricacies, policy nuances, and collaborative partnerships essential for navigating Medicaid reimbursement effectively. Through hands-on resources and interactive sessions, participants will glean practical insights to not only secure sustainable funding but also to expand service offerings and champion health equity initiatives within their communities.

By the end of this workshop, attendees will emerge equipped with a clear vision and a robust framework for aligning Medicaid with the objectives of Medical-Legal Partnerships.

Register by June 14 and save! ACU Members and students receive significant discounts.

Registration for ACU’s 2024 Conference is now open! Please contact Program Director Luke Ertle if you have any questions or issues with registering.