October 22, 2021

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...]

Journal: NHSC Satisfaction Article Published

The August issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved includes a article by a team led by Dr. Donald E. Pathman with the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, reporting on the results of their work assessing the satisfaction of participants of the National Health Service Corps program. The assessment concluded that 94% reported the NHSC experience met or exceeded their expectations, and the same number would … [Read more...]

ACU Opposes Public Charge Rule

Rule Will Undermine Health Care for Underserved Populations Washington DC – The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved’s (ACU) core mission is to improve the health of people living in underserved communities, and to support those clinicians who serve them. As such, ACU strongly opposes the “public charge” rule published earlier this week by the Department of Homeland Security. The rule will force families to choose between accepting Medicaid benefits, which … [Read more...]

ACU Member Dean Germano Testifies Before House on Behalf of NHSC

Mr. Dean Germano Washington DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on June 4th of this year during which they examined the importance of investing in a number of health care service programs. The hearing featured testimony from the CEO of Shasta Community Health Center Dean Germano, who urged Congress to reauthorize and expand the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Program, the Community Health Centers (CHC) Program, and the Teaching Health … [Read more...]

ACU Mourns the Loss of Dr. David Hartzband

We at ACU are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Dr. David Hartzband. Dr. Hartzband served as the director of technology research for the RCHN Community Health Foundation, a close partner of ACU, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the Foundation and his family. We appreciate the gracious notice of his life and impact sent out by the Foundation, and we will miss hearing his immensely thoughtful contributions to our organization. Dr. Hartzband attended every ACU annual … [Read more...]

ACU Endorses Bill to Fund National Health Service Corps and Community Health Centers

Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina introduced legislation to extend and expand funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and community health centers in medically underserved communities. The Community Health Center and Primary Care Workforce Expansion Act of 2019 is a five-year renewal and funding expansion for the National Health Service Corps and the federal Health Centers Program. For fiscal 2020, the bill would allocate … [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...]

Vision Van 2018

The “See More” vision van is a collaborative effort between the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU), the Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare, and Envolve Inc., to bring vision services to underserved communities throughout the United States. Undiagnosed eye and vision disorders are more prominent in underserved communities and we are proud of our collaboration with the Foundation and Envolve on this project. Not only has the van provided immediate services to communities by … [Read more...]

ACU Opposes “Public Charge” Rule Change

UPDATE:  December 10, 2018 - The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) has been very outspoken about the proposed "public charge" changes. ACU has also partnered with other organizations in hopes that a strong voice may convince leadership to understand the public health ramifications of the proposed changes. Here are multiple letters that ACU has signed opposing the public charge changes. Partnership for Medicaid - Public Charge CALC- Public Charge Proposed Change is Unjust … [Read more...]