Dear Advocate,

The political landscape in the United States is changing, but the mission of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved remains constant: working to improve health equity for underserved populations and to support the clinicians and advocates serving them. This week, we're spotlighting critical resources to support your practice in these changing times, including our vision services grants (applications close Friday), redesigned webinar archive, workforce development webinars, and more.
It's Not Too Late! Apply for a Grant to Start a Vision Services Program at Your FQHC by This Friday, Nov. 6
Our call for applications for $5,000-$10,000 grants to help federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) start new vision service programs is still open! The ACU is proudly partnering with the Centene Foundation for Quality Health Care to provide these grants to assist FQHCs seeking to help underserved populations overcome barriers to accessing vision care. Read about the grants and eligibility requirements and apply by 5 p.m. ET on this Friday, Nov. 6, and contact Sabrina Edgington with any questions.
Resource Spotlight: View Our Newly Redesigned Webinar Archive
Did you know that the ACU offers a plethora of archived webinars related to COVID-19, clinical practice, policy and advocacy, and health center workforce issues? To help you better access our resources, we have now redesigned our webinar archive to feature a complete list of past trainings browsable by topic, series, and date. View diverse sessions on topics ranging from effective advocacy during COVID-19 to provider self-care and suicide prevention online, and don't forget that many further workforce-related webinars are also available at our STAR² Center.
Join the First Webinar in the STAR² Center's PCA & HCCN Workforce Professional Development Series
We invite primary care association and health center controlled network staff to join our webinar tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET kicking off the STAR² Center's monthly series exploring workforce initiatives and how to develop comprehensive workforce plans. Attendees will learn about new developments from the Bureau of Primary Health Care in a robust, "train the trainer" series aimed to help PCAs and HCCNs provide strategic support to improve recruitment and retention at health centers. Register now: one registration saves your spot not just for tomorrow but for the entire series.
Further Recruitment & Retention (R&R) Resources:

  • New Retention Courses: The STAR² Center's latest online courses explore retention at health centers. These self-paced modules include crucial information on creating compensation packages and engaging high-functioning managers.
  • Retention & Recruitment Plan Template: A comprehensive and customizable resource to help your health center build its workforce plan.
Learn Strategies for Empowering FQHC Workforces in Our Podcast
Recruitment and retention are a constant struggle at health centers, but strategic planning can engage and enhance our workforces. Senior Director of Workforce Development Suzanne Speer explores practical tactics to reduce turnover and improve performance with Scott Owens, Chief Workforce Officer at Mountain Family Health Centers in Colorado, in a podcast of the STAR² Center Chats with Workforce Leaders series. Listen to the discussion, and stay tuned for more episodes in this ongoing series. Interesting in sharing your own story? Let us know!
What We're Reading: Coping with Provider Burnout in a Pandemic
Underserved patients face critical barriers to care and civic engagement, and during the pandemic, providers are confronting significant barriers of their own—especially when it comes to coping with stress and burnout:

In addition to perusing these articles, stay tuned for highlights of the upcoming edition of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. ACU Members have free access to JHCPU through the link in their member portal.
NHSC's Loan Repayment Program Applications Close Tomorrow!

There's one more day left to apply to the National Health Service Corps' Students to Service Loan Repayment Program! If you are a student in your last year of medical, dental, or nursing school, you may be eligible to receive loan repayment assistance of up to $120,000 in exchange for at least three years of service at an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area. Learn and apply by Nov. 5.
ACU Members: It's Not Too Late to Attend IHI Events for Free with our Scholarships

Did you know that our members can attend Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) events for free through Safety Net Endowment scholarships? We've partnered with Kaiser Permanente to offer free access to IHI's trainings, including their National Forum on Dec. 6-9. Apply now and indicate that you are applying through the ACU membership hub!
The ACU remains here to support you in our shared mission to care and advocate for underserved patients. As times change, we depend on your feedback: please contact our Executive Director Amanda Pears Kelly with any suggestions to inform our efforts. Thank you for the lifesaving work you do everyday.
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