National Health Service Corps 50th Anniversary Gala

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Join ACU at Our 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 in Washington, D.C., 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.

HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson and 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 keynote speeches, and attendees will also view a commemorative film sharing firsthand reminiscences from Corps alumni and ambassadors from the Bureau of Health Workforce. Purchase your Gala ticket now or bundle it with your 2022 ACU Annual Conference registration to cap off your first day of the symposium with a unique celebration of the past, present, and future of this vital program to improve health equity for patients who are underserved.

Join us for a singular night of festivities, films, and ceremonies including:

  • Keynote speeches from Carole Johnson, Administrator of the Health Resources & Services Administration, and Eric Redman, a former Congressional staffer whose work to help establish the NHSC is captured in his book The Dance of Legislation
  • Award ceremonies honoring NHSC excellence past and present (nominations for alumni and current members will open soon)
  • A commemorative film sharing firsthand reminiscences from Corps alumni and ambassadors from the Bureau of Health Workforce
  • Festivities, food, and networking with Corps members and alumni, students, health center staff, and government officials

Introducing Our Keynote Speakers

Senator Dick Durbin

Dick Durbin is the senior U.S. Senator from Illinois. Durbin has worked tirelessly to help address healthcare disparities and workforce shortages through his unwavering support of the National Health Service Corps. ACU’s 2021 Congressional Champion Award Winner, Durbin has exemplified the spirit of bipartisan leadership necessary to help make the Corps and other vital programs a reality.

Carole Johnson

Carole Johnson is the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. A national public health leader, Johnson previously served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, where she oversaw significant expansions of Medicaid coverage and benefits for New Jerseyans, and as Domestic Policy Council Public Health Lead in the Obama Administration, where she played pivotal roles in Ebola and Zika responses and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Eric Redman

A Seattle-based writer, lawyer, and climate activist, Eric Redman is a former Congressional staffer whose work to help establish the National Health Service Corps is captured in his best-selling nonfiction book The Dance of Legislation. He is a nationally recognized writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington PostRolling Stone, and other publications.

 

ACU Conference Award Nominees

Nominate Outstanding NHSC Members and Scholars for Gala Awards

ACU’s membership network began in 1996 with members and alumni of the NHSC, and we’re honored to not only celebrate the Corps’ 50 years of providing life-changing care and services to under-resourced communities at our 50th Anniversary Gala but also to specifically honor outstanding NHSC members and scholars who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to care and community impact in a special NHSC Excellence award ceremony at our Gala, and we need your help to identify them: nominate a Corps member or scholar you know, or submit a self-nomination now. Awardees will receive free Gala registration!

Help Inform the NHSC’s Next Generation as Advisors or Mentors in Our New Initiative

If you are a NHSC member or alumnus, we want to hear from you! We’re seeking individuals interested in supporting our NHSC Empowering Clinicians for Resiliency and Transformative Care Initiative by serving on committees, assisting with trainings, and mentoring current participants. Learn about this opportunity to share your experiences or contact us with questions.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

If you are interested in Conference or Gala sponsorship, please contact Amanda Pears Kelly.

Centene Corporation, Sponsor of the ACU 2022 Annual Conference

UnitedHealthcare, Sponsor of the ACU 2022 Annual Conference