The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) is entering a new strategic partnership with Corporate Transcendence to help community health centers (CHCs) transform their workforce cultures to become employers and providers of choice. Through the collaboration, ACU and Corporate Transcendence will introduce CHCs to a comprehensive and scalable framework to engage and empower employees to achieve excellence in care and services to advance health equity within their communities.

“Community health centers (CHCs) depend on an engaged, mission-driven workforce to deliver the patient-centered care that is their hallmark, and Corporate Transcendence offers a unique blueprint to help CHCs invest in and better engage their greatest assets—their staff,” said Amanda Pears Kelly, ACU Executive Director. “We’re honored to partner with Corporate Transcendence in helping CHCs achieve excellence in both culture and care, mitigating burnout and disengagement while improving services for patients who need them most.”

Founded by Pamela Tripp, MEd, MSOM, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Encouragement Officer of CommWell Health, an innovative ACU member health center in Four Oaks, North Carolina, Corporate Transcendence has an executive coaching team with decades of combined experience in helping health centers achieve transformative results by utilizing intentional, evidence-based best practices to sustain excellence in culture, quality, finances, and governance. This new national partnership will leverage that expertise and Corporate Transcendence’s proven blueprint to support ACU’s national network of health centers through exclusive technical assistance and training opportunities.

“The healthcare sector operates within a highly intricate framework, steered by individuals renowned for their compassion and dedication,” said Pamela Tripp, MEd, MSOM, President and Founder of Corporate Transcendence. “The Corporate Transcendence workforce culture transformation blueprint aims to streamline the complexities inherent in the healthcare delivery system, which often manifests as convoluted and siloed. Our holistic approach seeks to instill a culture of excellence by harnessing the organization’s most valuable resource: its employees.”

As part of its exclusive assistance to ACU’s members and broader community, Corporate Transcendence’s dedicated team will present unique educational sessions including an in-depth seminar at ACU’s upcoming 2024 Workforce Symposium, Inclusive Innovation: Putting People First, in Nashville, TN, on April 29-30; an educational session at ACU’s 2024 Annual Conference, Envisioning a More Equitable Future: Advancing Stakeholder-Centered Innovation, on August 4-7 in Washington, D.C.; as well as virtual trainings and ongoing engagement and consulting opportunities.

“Health centers are facing unprecedented workforce challenges, and only by taking an innovative approach to retention, engagement, and development can CHCs overcome these obstacles to remain at the forefront of care for underserved populations,” Pears Kelly said. “Corporate Transcendence offers an action plan to do just that, and this alliance is a vital opportunity to help advance of our shared mission of advancing health equity beyond clinics’ walls by first bringing cultural transformation within.”

About ACU

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) is a uniquely transdisciplinary membership association uniting clinicians, advocates, and organizations in the commitment to establishing a robust and diverse workforce to help transform communities to achieve health equity for all. Founded in 1996 by participants in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), ACU is the foremost advocate for the NHSC and leads advocacy, clinical, operational, and equity excellence and supports the healthcare workforce caring for America’s under-resourced populations.

About Corporate Transcendence

Corporate Transcendence offers organizations an intentional blueprint to engage employees within every area of their organization to deliver workforce sustainability and achieve excellence through intentional, systemic cultural development processes. Offering a comprehensive and transformative blueprint as well as interactive workshops, mastermind groups, and executive coaching, Corporate Transcendence address both poor retention and disengagement across four key areas, or “Trees of Transcendence:” culture, quality, finance, and governance.

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For questions about this partnership between ACU and Corporate Transcendence, please contact:

Amanda Pears Kelly
Executive Director
(202) 492-1395

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