Dear Colleague,

This week, the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved is preparing for our now fully virtual 2021 Conference, "Mission: Health Equity," on Nov. 1-2, as well as further online training in our STAR2 Center's Recruitment & Retention Workshop on Nov. 3-4. Though we're sad to not be able to see you in-person in D.C., we're excited to nevertheless unite virtually for four days of online learning. Read about these events, ACU's new initiative to help prepare National Health Service Corps members to work in underserved communities, upcoming webinars on patient centricity and the health center workforce, and more below.
Now 100% Online: Join Our Virtual 2021 Conference on Nov. 1-2
Early Bird Rates Close Friday, Oct. 8
To ensure the safety of attendees in the ongoing pandemic, ACU will now host our 2021 Conference, "Mission: Health Equity," fully virtually on Nov. 1-2. We're excited to offer an outstanding program of more than 20 CME-accredited workshops, keynote addresses from national public health leaders, and countless virtual networking opportunitiesand we now invite you to attend online from the convenience of your health center, primary care association, or community. Learn seven reasons to attend #ACUConf, browse our agenda, and register now: Early Bird rates close this Friday, Oct. 8th.
P.S. Can't attend on Nov. 1-2? Register anyway for access after the event to on-demand recordings of the entire Conference for a limited time.
Two More Days of Online Learning: Join Our STAR2 Center's Recruitment & Retention Workshop on Nov. 3-4
Did you know that our STAR² Center's free, two-day workshop will now take place virtually, too? Join us on Nov. 3-4 after #ACUConf for this exciting "Topics in Retention & Recruitment Planning and Implementation Regional Workshop." Don't miss this free, interactive training to help jumpstart health center retention and recruitment efforts, including the knowledge necessary to create or revamp comprehensive CHC Retention & Recruitment Plans.
ACU Initiative Prepares National Health Service Corps Members to Work in Underserved Communities
ACU is proud to announce our new collaboration with Abt Associates in a Bureau of Health Workforce initiative to prepare National Health Service Corps (NHSC) pipeline participants to serve communities with longstanding health needs. The NHSC Pipeline Readiness Technical Assistance Initiative supports members of the NHSC Scholarship Program and Students to Service Loan Repayment Program by building their capacity to address the root causes contributing to health inequities. The initiative also works to build resiliency among participants by addressing common drivers of burnout and stress during routine practice and during a public health crisis. We are now recruiting NHSC members and alumni who are interested in serving on Committees, participating in trainings and technical assistance, and mentoring new NHSC pipeline participants. Learn more and sign up.
New Webinar Series: Building Back Better: Utilizing Lessons Learned During COVID-19 for Inclusivity & Retention
Oct. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. ET
Join ACU's STAR² Center and experts from Ainey Volion Consulting for a webinar series on inclusivity in the workplace for people with physical disabilities, people who are d/Deaf, blind, or visually impaired, and neurodiverse people. With 65% of employees seeking new jobs this fall, it is crucial for workplaces to offer not only equitable compensation and flexible workspaces but also cultures guided by justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Drawing on lessons learned in the pandemic, this webinar series will provide participants with information and tools for building inclusive cultures of belonging for everyone, with a focus on individuals with disabilities and neurodiverse people.
Upcoming Webinar: Patient Centricity: Putting Patients at the Center of Healthcare Delivery & Decision-Making
Oct. 21 at 12 p.m. ET
Join ACU and Pfizer for a webinar on patient-centered care on October 21. Respectful, compassionate care that puts patients first is crucial to improving outcomes and health equity. But what is patient centricity, and how can we better integrate health equity, health literacy, and other concepts to build a patient-centered approach across the development continuum and healthcare system, including health centers? Register to join Dr. Kevin W. Williams, Pfizer's CMO of Internal Medicine, as he explores patient centricity, discusses its intersections with health equity and literacy, and shares patient centricity efforts from Pfizer and the pharmaceutical industry.
Apply for Our New Learning Collaborative, Recruitment, Boot Camp: Mental Health Edition, by Friday, Oct. 8
ACU's STAR² Center invites health center workforce, HR, clinical, and executive staff to apply for our upcoming Recruitment Boot Camp: Mental Health Staff Edition starting in October. Building on our previous Mental Health Recruitment Boot Camp, this learning collaborative will further explore the special considerations needed to recruit a diverse, mission-driven, and patient-centered mental health workforce. Leveraging our expertise in recruitment and retention, the program will provide real world examples and collaborative learning with experts from the field. Participants will engage with the content, facilitators, and each other through a mix of webinars, discussions, and projects to learn how to successfully recruit mental health clinicians. Apply now for this free program limited to 25 health centers.
In Case You Missed It: View Our Webinar on Pediatric Suicide Prevention for Providers and School-Based Health Centers
If you missed yesterday's webinar on the growing crisis of pediatric suicide, you can now view the archived recording and slides from the presentation. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in U.S. youths aged 10-24. Our webinar with experts from the National Institute of Mental Health and Concert Health detailed the crisis and how providers at school-based and other health centers can identify and intervene with patients at risk. View the recording or slides or find other SSC resources.
Related Resource: COVID-19: The Need for Increased Awareness Around Risk for Suicide
COVID-19 has impacted the social determinants of health, stressful life events, and mental health symptoms associated with suicide risk, and our publication addresses these effects and how our community can take action. Learn more and stay tuned for an upcoming webinar.
Join the ACU Team: Apply for Our Project Coordinator and Specialist Positions
There's still time to apply to join ACU's mission-driven team: we're seeking a Project Coordinator & Specialist and Assistant Project Coordinator & Specialist. These staff will support our new National Health Service Corps Pipeline Readiness Initiative, creating and implementing educational materials to prepare NHSC members in their placement sites while benefiting those sites by increasing quality of care, care delivery, and retention rates. Learn more and apply or share this opportunity.
NHSC Students-to-Service Loan Repayment Applications Are Still Open
The National Health Service Corps' (NHSC) 2022 Students to Service Loan Repayment Program is accepting applications, and physician assistant students in their final year of school are now eligible. This is a wonderful opportunity for students in their last year of medical, nursing, or dental school to receive up to $120,000 in loan repayment aid for at least three years of service at an NHSC-approved site in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. Apply by Nov. 4.
Survey Studies the Needs of Health Centers in Addressing Climate Change's Effects
The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is working to better understand the needs of health centers to address the growing effects of climate change on health and extreme weather. Help inform the design of resources that will help facilities like your own to better protect the health of underserved communities: complete a brief survey by Friday, Oct. 8. Participants will have the chance to win $50 virtual gift cards.
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