March 4, 2024

ACU Says Thank You and Farewell

Vinod Miriyala, DDS, MPH, CAGS, BDS

Vinod Miriyala, DDS,

The ACU Board of Directors extends its thanks to departing member Vinod Miriyala. Dr. Miriyala is a dentist working in southeastern Ohio for the Ironton Lawrence County Area Community Action Organization. As an ACU board member, he has helped strengthen ACU’s ties to the oral health community and identified oral health resources for our work on tobacco cessation.



Merrell Sami, MD

We also bid farewell to Dr. Merrell Sami, who worked with ACU while participating in Georgetown University’s Department of Family Medicine Residency Bridge Fellowship. Launched in 2011, the program is designed to increase the leadership skills of future family physicians during their third year of residency. Dr. Sami was the first resident to participate in the program and worked directly with ACU and the National Association of Community Health Centers on several projects.¬†She has accepted a position with Kaiser Permanente in the Washington, DC, area. We appreciate both for their service and wish them well in all their future endeavors.