May 27, 2024

Announcing Our Closing Keynote Speaker: Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola

The ACU is excited to announce the closing keynote speaker of our upcoming Virtual Conference: award-winning health equity advocate J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Chair and Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Wexner Medical Center. Olayiwola will lend her expertise to the closing address of our Conference on Sept. 19. A recipient of the Harvard School of Public Health's Public Health Innovator Award and Fellow of … [Read more...]

Longtime ACU Leader Recognized for Her Work Caring for Migrant Populations

Longtime ACU Leader, Kathy Brieger, RD, CDE, MA, has been recognized for her outstanding work caring for migrant farmworker populations. At the age of 17, she became an organizer for United Farmworkers (UFW) and continued to serve farmworker communities for three decades and counting. ACU is extremely proud of Kathy and her contributions to migrant farmworker communities – and those who serve them – across the country. The Migrant Clinicians Network captures the spirit of her work … [Read more...]

Dr. James Hotz Talks Rural Health Care on “Our American States” Podcast

Dr. James Hotz, a member of ACU's Board of Directors, founded the Albany Area Primary Health Care community health center in southwest Georgia nearly 40 years ago. Listen to "Our American States" — a podcast produced by the National Conference of State Legislatures — to hear Dr. Hotz talk about the impact of COVID-19 on rural health centers and communities. Stream or download the podcast. … [Read more...]

National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

HRSA is offering flexibility in NHSC and Nurse Corps program requirements to support COVID-19 response efforts. In their FAQ, HRSA addresses the following: NHSC and Nurse Corps Participant and Site ComplianceSite Eligibility and ComplianceIn-school NHSC and Nurse Corps Scholars and Students to Service (S2S) LRP Participants Learn more. … [Read more...]

ACU Welcomes New Executive Director Amanda Pears Kelly

It is with great pleasure that the ACU Board of Directors announces the appointment of Amanda Pears Kelly as our new Executive Director. Effective February 12 th , 2020 Amanda will take the helm of ACU, succeeding Craig Kennedy in leading a dynamic and dedicated staff. President of the ACU Board, Felix Nuñez says: “We are so very excited about the opportunity to welcome Amanda to our ACU familia. Amanda is a visionary leader with a wealth of experience and insights in the area of health care … [Read more...]

The Passing of Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan. He was a public servant, author, advocate, and champion who spent a lifetime working for a more just approach to health care. He started his medical career as a civil rights doctor in the summer of 1965 in Holmes County, Mississippi. He was one of the earliest National Health Service Corps physicians and later led the program and the HRSA Bureau of Health Professions. He served as the Secretary of Health for … [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...]

2019 Annual Conference

Conference Synopsis The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) 2019 Annual Conference was centered around the impact of strong health care teams in underserved communities. This conference featured workshop sessions, poster presentations, and guest speakers who introduced exciting and insightful ways to create and maintain strong health care teams serving at-risk populations. Topics for this conference included: Suicide and Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Primary … [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), 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...]