December 3, 2021

Medicaid Covers US: Protecting Health Insurance that Helps Communities Thrive

This session was hosted on Thursday, June 18, 2020 and is the third session in ACU's Policy & Practice Series. Access to health insurance coverage, including Medicaid, is critical to the prevention, detection and treatment of diseases. Despite its importance, Medicaid is often misunderstood, stigmatized and difficult to access in the 14 states that have yet to expand their programs to cover more low-income adults. The lens through which Medicaid is viewed makes it challenging to foster … [Read more...]

COVID-19 and Social Determinants of Health

This session was hosted on Thursday, June 4, 2020 and is the second session in ACU's Policy & Practice Series. The impact of COVID-19 on one’s social, physical, and economic wellbeing is staggering. Existing disparities are exacerbated and millions are newly unemployed, facing new barriers to accessing health care, and experiencing emotional distress. Newly enacted stimulus bills aim to provide temporary support but fail to address the long-term impact of this crisis. Join us for this … [Read more...]

ACU Statement – Black Lives Matter

The turmoil of the past week has once again brought into focus the heart-wrenching and infuriating level of systemic racism that continues to exist in the United States. ACU’s mission, to improve the health of America’s underserved populations and to enhance the development and support of the health care clinicians serving these populations, means we are committed as an organization to fight for equity, in health, and in all other ways that impact the underserved in our nation. We do … [Read more...]

Your Voice, Your Power: Effective Advocacy in the Face of COVID-19

This session was hosted on Thursday, May 21, 2020 and is the first session in ACU's Policy & Practice Series. The critical need for resources and support for underserved communities and the organizations who care for them is more important than ever. As part of our ongoing Policy & Practices series, ACU hosted a Grassroots Advocacy training webinar to empower clinicians and all organization staff to use their voice to inform policymakers to affect positive change in the face of … [Read more...]

Caring for the Healers: Preventing Suicide Among Providers

This session was hosted on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Physicians and other providers are particularly vulnerable to negative mental health effects and increased suicide risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, likely due to balancing the duty of caring for their patients and the concern for their own health and wellbeing and that of their friends and family. This training provides specific tactics to help support your primary care providers and team members through systematic and organizational … [Read more...]

Identifying and Caring for Patients at Risk for Suicide during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This session was hosted on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. COVID-19 is exacerbating risk factors for suicide, which is being reflected in significant increases in calls to local and national suicide hotlines. Many patients who die by suicide visited their primary care provider within the month of their death, and most were not connected to mental health treatment. As such, primary care providers and their teams are in a unique and critical position to identify and care for patients at risk for … [Read more...]

Engaging Dental Providers in COVID-19 Response Efforts (April 15, 2020)

COVID-19 has created an uncertain environment for the health care workforce. While some health care workers are working longer hours, others, including dental providers, are being asked to stay at home for their safety. Moreover, many health center leaders are concerned about paying “non-essential” staff given the operational and financial impact of COVID-19 response efforts. Please join us for this upcoming webinar to learn about innovative ways that health centers are engaging dental providers … [Read more...]

ACU COVID-19 Response Webinar (March 24, 2020)

A recording of ACU's COVID-19 Response Webinar is now available. Topics covered include ACU's policy and advocacy work, new telehealth rules and best practices, resources and direct support available from ACU, and moral injury among providers. Watch the recording on YouTubePowerPoint Slides Supplementary material: Telehealth Coding Guidance (March 23, 2020) … [Read more...]

Health Center Workforce Deployment in COVID-19 Response Efforts (April 14, 2020)

Health centers are currently balancing the wellbeing and safety of their workforce with the need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. While “essential” staff are needed on the frontline, “non-essential” staff are either sent home to wait out the pandemic, or are deployed to perform alternative services to support COVID-19 response efforts. Join us in this webinar to learn about workforce strategies employed by health center leaders in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Health center leaders will … [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...]