June 17, 2024

Deadline Sept. 12 — Call for Presentations and Posters on Health IT and the Underserved

New Deadline: Wednesday, September 12, 2012. ACU invites interested presenters to submit abstracts for workshops and posters for its first conference on Health IT for the Underserved to be held on March 7-8 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in Poughkeepsie, NY. Presentations are sought on the use of health IT to improve patient care and outcomes, including:  health technology tools, workforce training, patient engagement, team-based technology, patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) and meaningful … [Read more...]

Health Care Reform Poll – Your Opinion Counts!

ACU has launched a short poll to assess how organizations that provide health care to the underserved are preparing for implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Please take our poll. We want to know how our community is preparing for Medicaid expansion and health insurance exchanges, which are scheduled to go into effect starting in 2014. You can access the poll here. Your participation is voluntary, and will help us better understand our members' needs and provide support during this … [Read more...]

ACU Participates in Release of Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities

Executive Director Kathie Westpheling spoke on behalf of ACU at a Washington, DC event May 31st marking the release of the Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities. Westpheling said "ACU is committed to working to reduce asthma health disparities in children. Our efforts include developing a clinical decision support tool for an electronic medical record that will include an environmental trigger assessment as part of a patient centered asthma care plan." … [Read more...]

Smoking and Related Illnesses Disproportionately Affect Low-Income People

In California, 18.6 percent of individuals with low socio-economic status (SES) smoke  – a rate more than three times higher than among more affluent populations. A new California-focused report, Smoking in Low Socioeconomic Status Populations: Prevalence, Health Impact, Challenges and Recommendations, from the Break Free Alliance shows that disadvantaged populations smoke at a significantly higher rate than the general population and are much less likely to quit - which means they are also … [Read more...]

Call for Abstracts

As an ACU member, you not only get free access to ACU's official journal, The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU), but you also have the opportunity to submit a general column for publication.  If you have ever wanted to showcase an aspect of the work you are doing, or to discuss a trend you have noticed in your discipline or the larger world of underserved health care, now is your opportunity! As a benefit of being an ACU member, you are eligible to submit a brief … [Read more...]

Asthma’s Impact

A new infographic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that asthma is common, disruptive and deadly, with a disproportionate impact on Blacks and Hispanics. 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. Training is tailored to the needs of the audience and can be conducted in English or Spanish. Continuing professional education credit … [Read more...]

ACU scholarships available – apply now

ACU will award up to 20 scholarships to members to attend the IHI Open School for Health Professions online courses free for one year. The IHI Open School is an inter-professional educational community that empowers you to become a change agent in health care improvement. Courses focus on skills like quality improvement, patient safety, teamwork, leadership, and patient-centered care. Courses are open to health professionals in nursing, health administration, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, … [Read more...]

ACU takes on obesity challenge

A new report from the Institute of Medicine confirms that obesity is more prevalent in low-income communities -  where most ACU members practice. The report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, calls for coordinated action to Integrate physical activity every day in every way Market what matters for a healthy life Make healthy foods and beverages available everywhere Activate employers and health care professionals Strengthen schools as … [Read more...]