July 20, 2024

Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report,Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being that explores the extent, consequences, and contributing factors of clinician burnout. The report provides a framework for a systems approach to clinician burnout and professional well-being, a research agenda to advance clinician well-being, and recommendations for the field. Download it for free. … [Read more...]

NHSC Funding for Fiscal Year 2020

On December 20, the President signed two spending bills that fund the federal government through September 30. Discretionary funding for Community Health Centers will remain at FY2019 levels while discretionary funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) will increase from $105 million in FY2019 to $120 million in FY2020. The FY2020 Appropriations Legislation also extends mandatory funding for Community Health Centers and NHSC through May 22, 2020. Founded by … [Read more...]

Vision Van 2019

Each year, the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) partners with an organization that has a mobile vision clinic to provide free vision screening and glasses (if needed) to underserved communities across the United States. In 2019, ACU teamed up with Vision To Learn to provide free vision exams and glasses to children who do not have access to vision care. Thanks in part to a grant from the Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare, ACU is able to address the immediate needs of … [Read more...]

NHSC 50th Anniversary Gala

For half a century, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has helped reduce health workforce shortages and ensure that all Americans have access to quality primary care services. The program began as a part of the Emergency Health Plan Act of 1970, to bring qualified providers to Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), and since its inception, the NHSC has an alumni of over 50,000 providers who have cared for millions of patients in underserved communities. In honor of 50 years of … [Read more...]

Suicide Prevention in Primary Care

Addressing Suicide Prevention for Underserved Patients Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and the suicide rate continues to increase. Contrary to popular belief, mental illness or depression account for less than half of suicide deaths in the United States. The main factors that contribute to suicide deaths include: relationship problems, substance use, physical illness and chronic conditions, job loss, and financial troubles. The link between suicide and the … [Read more...]

2019 Award Recipients

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU), the premier organization of clinicians, advocates, and healthcare organizations that provide healthcare for underserved populations, today announced the recipients of its annual award program. The awardees include clinicians, health professionals in training, advocates, congressional champions, and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to improve healthcare for underserved populations. This year’s recipients … [Read more...]

Two New Board Members for Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2019For more information: Brittany Mason (202-973-1342), bmason@levick.com MCLEAN, VA, Thursday, March 14 – The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU), the premier organization of clinicians, advocates, and healthcare organizations that provide healthcare for the underserved, has announced the recent addition of two new members to its board of directors. Nataly Diaz, associate director of workforce development at the California Primary Care … [Read more...]

ACU Member Testifies Before Senate HELP Committee

(from left to right) Thomas Trumpeter, CEO and President of HealthPoint in Renton, Washington, Dr. Andrea Anderson, Director of Family Medicine at Unity Health Care, Inc. in Washington, DC, and Dr. John Waits, Chief Executive Officer of Cahaba Medical Care in Centreville, Alabama. Last year funding for programs such as the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) were temporarily unavailable because the two year extension expired without a resolution. To ensure that we do not have that same … [Read more...]

2020 ACU Annual Conference Call for Abstracts

Overview ACU is now accepting workshop and poster abstracts for our 2020 Annual Conference, Connecting Advocacy, Leadership, and Service. The conference will be held at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, DC on August 2 – 5, 2020. The ACU Annual Conference brings together hundreds of healthcare clinicians and leaders from across the country, all with an interest in expanding access to care and improving healthcare delivery for underserved populations. The meeting is a special opportunity … [Read more...]

Craig Kennedy elected President of the Coalition for Health Funding

December 12, 2018 - The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU), would like to congratulate our Executive Director Craig Kennedy, for being sworn in as the President of the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF). Craig has been a member of the Coalition for Health Funding since 1999, serving on the Board of Directors for six years, past chairman of the Revenue Committee, as well as President-elect for the past two years. His commitment and dedication to improving the health of … [Read more...]