Washington, D.C. – September 1, 2022 – For Immediate Release – The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) has joined Nonstop Administration and Insurance Services, Inc., (Nonstop) in a new initiative to support health centers in improving employee health benefits to boost health equity for staff and patients alike. In the wake of COVID-19, unprecedented workforce disruptions have forced community health centers (CHCs) to reassess and innovate to meet new challenges. ACU and Nonstop collaborated to create new resources as well as a training at the recent ACU 2022 Conference, “Resilience and Transformation in Care,” to support these vital CHC efforts.

“To provide better patient care and support the vital workforce needed to provide that care, health centers must be intentional in their work to boost retention and resilience and to improve organizational health equity—employee health benefits are a key part of this,” said Amanda Pears Kelly, Executive Director of ACU. “Nonstop is a nationally recognized authority in this area, and we’re grateful for their clear commitment to aiding our health centers with employee benefits solutions and to supporting health equity for all during this time of great need.”

In partnership with Nonstop, ACU has created a new guide, “Strengthening Employee Health Benefits,” which aims to provide health centers with best practices to improve employee retention and resilience. These insights were shared at an in-depth workshop at ACU’s 2022 Conference, which took place on July 31-August 2 in Washington, D.C. and online. Featuring insights from Nonstop experts as well as local health center leaders, the session outlined key administrative strategies to sustain a strong CHC workforce by optimizing employee health benefits.

“The challenges facing the health center workforce now are truly unprecedented, and this partnership reflects ACU and Nonstop’s shared commitment to helping our health centers overcome those obstacles to continue offering high-quality, patient-centered care for those who need it most,” said Kelly. This initiative also reflects ACU’s ongoing programs and advocacy to support CHCs, which includes the work of its Solutions, Training, Solutions, Training, and Assistance for Recruitment and Retention (STAR²) Center to provide resources, training, and technical assistance to help CHCs with workforce challenges.

Nonstop’s partnership is part of the ACU’s Corporate Ally program, which offers corporations an opportunity to interact with a diverse, nationwide community of individuals, organizations, and advocates working with under-resourced populations while directly collaborating with ACU to improve health equity.

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. To learn more about ACU, visit clinicians.org, like ACU on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

About Nonstop

Through NACHC’s Value in Benefits (ViB) program, Nonstop Administration and Insurance Services, Inc. is proudly changing the way health centers and their employees access healthcare with our partially self-funded health insurance program, Nonstop Health. Nonstop Health decreases the annual costs of healthcare for community health centers while reducing or eliminating copays, deductibles and coinsurance. Our mission is to ensure your CHC’s growth and sustainability – starting with the health and wellbeing of your employees. If you are interested in learning more, visit nonstophealth.com.

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Amanda Pears Kelly
Executive Director