Welcome to ACU's National Center for Workforce Development & Training

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) is proud to announce the creation of the ACU National Center for Workforce Development & Training (National Center). ACU’s National Center offers comprehensive training, technical assistance, and consultation in all aspects of healthcare workforce development—from shaping pathways to recruit a more resilient, diverse, and multifaceted workforce to better meet the needs of communities to advancing psychological safety and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion for retention and resilience.

Uniting ACU’s 28 years of experience supporting clinicians and organizations caring for underserved communities with the nationally recognized expertise of staff in our numerous workforce initiatives, the National Center is the leading authority on healthcare workforce development. It also serves as the hub for a variety of ongoing ACU workforce initiatives, including:

Led by nationally recognized trainer and facilitator April Lewis and supported by expert faculty and staff, the National Center offers health centers and other organizations invaluable training and technical assistance, thought leadership, resources, and consulting. Read our full announcement.

Trainings & Technical Assistance

From fostering employee inclusion to advancing HP-ET programs, we provide countless opportunities for training and technical assistance in workforce retention and recruitment.

Strategic Planning & Facilitation

Our expert facilitators help healthcare organizations develop or facilitate strategic planning to enhance their workforce development initiatives.

Consultation & Data Analysis

Our technical assistance helps organizations create or refine their benchmarks, metrics, accountability, and advancement in retention and recruitment, as well as justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Supportive Resources

Our resources feature a variety of interactive e-learning courses, fact sheets, self-assessments, and guides to help enhance organizational workforce initiatives.

Let's Connect

Contact us to learn more about how ACU’s National Center for Workforce Development & Training can assist your organization.

The National Center is really the culmination of our evolving strategic priorities to lead advocacy, clinical, operational, and equity excellence

to develop and support clinicians and the healthcare workforce caring for America’s underserved communities.

— Dr. Doug Olson, MD
President of ACU’s Board of Directors

Meet Our Leadership

April Lewis

April Lewis

Director of ACU’s National Center for Workforce Development & Training

A national thought leader on health center workforce well-being, management, and executive strategy, April Lewis brings 15+ years of data and leadership experience to ACU’s National Center. Lewis is a passionate speaker, strategist, and consultant whose has presented at hundreds of national, state, and health center-specific trainings through her A. Lewis Academy and formerly served as Director of Health Center Operations & HR Training at the National Association of Community Health Centers and Chief Executive Officer at Community Integrated Management Systems, an Independent Practice Association founded by 14 South Carolina health centers. Having developed the unique, proprietary Workwell System to equip healthcare managers and teams to achieve positive results in a matter of months, she is an authoritative voice for employee well-being and the broader workforce.