October 22, 2021

Delivering Health Care for Incarcerated Persons During a Pandemic

This session was hosted on Thursday, July 16, 2020 and is the fourth session in ACU’s Policy & Practice Series. COVID-19 has put a spotlight on vulnerable populations, including those in prisons and jails. The ability of a jail or prison system to prepare, respond or mitigate varies, and depends in part on the roles or contribution of the community health networks. Various systems struggle with lack of leadership, collaboration, funding and other resources. Prisons have become the de … [Read more...]

ACU Statement on Health Heroes 2020 Act

ACU Statement on Senator Durbin and Representative Schakowsky Health Heroes 2020 Act (Washington DC, April 24, 2020) -- Today, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) proposed a new plan to increase the nation’s health care workforce and address the overwhelming need of millions of people living in communities with severe workforce shortages. Senator Durbin and Representative Schakowsky’s proposal includes emergency surge funding to place health care … [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...]

Bureau of Health Workforce Clinician Dashboards

BHW’s Clinician Dashboards offer data tools and information related to the retention and distribution of BHW program participants who have completed training or service. The dashboards include: alumni retention data for NHSC and Nurse Corps loan repayment and scholarship programs from 2012 – 2018; and unified data showing the distribution of alumni of BHW programs, including the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), Nurse Corps (NC), and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education … [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...]

ACU Board Member Dr. Adrian Billings Testifies Before Congress

Last week, the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing examining several public health workforce programs, including the National Health Service Corps. ACU Board Member and NHSC alumnus, Dr. Adrian Billings testified before the committee sharing the personal impact the NHSC has made in his life and the lives of the patients he serves in rural West Texas. Dr. Billings highlighted the urgency of reauthorizing funding for the NHSC and urged Congress to act immediately, … [Read more...]

Crusader for Justice – Virgilio Licona

A note from ACU’s Executive Director, Craig Kennedy: Dr. Virgilio Licona, a great friend to me and to so many advocates for the underserved, passed away on March 29, 2016. His passing is a tremendous loss for his family, friends, colleagues, and the health care community. We will miss him deeply, and are honored to have witnessed the profound impact of his life’s work. For more information on his legacy, please visit his tribute page here. (http://www.saludclinic.org/#!licona/n5kji) I am … [Read more...]

Health Care Cliff

Senator Sanders visited a health center in Mississippi this past weekend and returned from the trip very eager to develop strategies to address the primary care cliff. Read more here. … [Read more...]

New! Tobacco cessation website

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Many organizations are devoted to tobacco cessation, but TobaccoFree is unique in its focus on underserved populations to help you improve quality of care among these populations. Visit TobaccoFree … [Read more...]

Professional training program on asthma

ACU offers training for primary care providers and community workers on Building an Asthma Care Home: Engaging Clinicians, Patients and Caregivers in Comprehensive Asthma Management. We tailor the training to the needs of your audience. Continuing professional education credit is available. For more information, contact Lois Wessel, CFNP. … [Read more...]