The STAR² Center is a project of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU). ACU is a transdisciplinary membership organization working on behalf of the NHSC and clinicians who provide care to the underserved. In July 2014, ACU received a national cooperative agreement to develop a clinician workforce center for recruitment and retention at community health centers. In partnership with the federal Bureau of Primary Health Care, ACU created the STAR² Center (pronounced Star Center) to provide free resources, training, and technical assistance to the health centers facing high workforce need.

Disclaimer: This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U30CS26934 Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements for total award amount of $448,662.00. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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What is the STAR² Center?

The Solutions, Training, and Assistance for Recruitment and Retention (STAR²) Center is a project of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved that provides resources, training, and technical assistance to help Health Center Program grantees with their clinician workforce challenges and questions. 

How is the STAR² Center funded?

The STAR² Center is funded through a National Cooperative Agreement with the Bureau of Primary Health Care at the Health Resources and Services Administration. This funding ensures that services are offered free of charge to all Health Center Program grantees and Look Alikes.

What resources does the STAR² Center offer?

The online resource center is a growing one-stop shop for toolkits, manuals, best practices, and other resources related to clinician recruitment and retention. Additionally, confidential health center recruitment and retention Data Profiles are updated annually and shared with health centers to help identify specific needs of individual health centers. 

What training does the STAR² Center offer?

The STAR Center primarily conducts training online via webinars, learning collaboratives, and self paced courses. Additionally, the STAR Center team partners with Primary Care Associations to provide in-person trainings at state and regional conference. Keep an eye on the training calendar for information on the STAR² Center's monthly webinar series and view previously recorded webinars on the ACU & STAR² Center Video Page.

What technical assistance does the STAR² Center offer?

The STAR² center offers individualized technical assistance via phone, email, and on site consultation. Start the process today by filling out the request form, calling 844-ACU-HIRE, or emailing us!