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+ ACI Welcomes The Virtual Care Group as a Corporate Partner
+ Publicity Club of Chicago Presents Two Awards to ACI
ACI Welcomes The Virtual Care Group as a Corporate Partner
Nov. 2, 2022

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The Virtual Care Group (VCG) has joined ACI as a corporate partner. VCG is a Los Angeles-based telehealth firm that specializes in providing online medical care and behavioral well-being services directly to students. The new ACI-VCG partnership is for three years.

“I’m delighted to welcome The Virtual Care Group as a new ACI corporate partner,” said April Arnold, ACI executive director. “Its services are highly regarded by other state councils that have partnered with the company on behalf of their member schools. Wellness and mental health continue to be topics at the forefront of many organizations. VCG recognizes that every campus is different and can tailor services in affordable ways to help higher ed students manage their lives for ultimate success.”

“Students need more support than ever before to complete their educational programs,” said Emily Pettit, VCG’s vice president of strategic partnerships. “This increased need is running headfirst into exhausted frontline staff or unfilled positions. In aggregate data gathered from our campus partners nationwide, we found that 84 percent of students who use our behavioral-health services never sought support of any kind on campus.”

Telehealth services save on costs, are easily available
VCG’s telehealth services include counseling, urgent care, life coaching and on-demand crisis counseling, and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. With VCG, colleges and universities can make telehealth services available to students at less than the cost to add staff, Pettit said. In addition, ACI-member colleges and universities will benefit from “association volume discount pricing,” meaning that as the number of people covered increases, the price decreases.

VCG’s solutions remove common barriers to accessing health-care services, Pettit said. For example, students seeking VCG’s services do not need health insurance, credit cards or Social Security numbers. VCG’s services are available at no cost to students, with no caps on services, she said. Health-care providers are state licensed, U.S. board-certified physicians. Counselors are licensed, with master’s degrees.

To learn more, contact Emily Pettit, vice president of strategic partnerships by email at or schedule a demo.

ACI’s corporate partners provide helpful services to members
In addition to VCG, ACI has seven other corporate partners, including Ardeo Education Solutions, Degree Insurance, Expense Reduction Analysts, Graystone Consulting, Michael Best, Quest Food Management Services and Sikich. These partners enhance ACI’s work and provide valuable services to ACI-member colleges and universities, Arnold said.

Publicity Club of Chicago Presents Two Awards to ACI
Nov. 2, 2022

Toya Garcia-Bradow, left and James L. Applegate, right, ACI Board of Trustees members, accepted ACI's PCC awards Oct. 27.A communications professional organization, Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC), recognized ACI with two awards for resources and programs in 2021. The awards, presented Oct. 27, were part of the PCC’s annual Golden Trumpet Awards, which recognize excellence in communication.

Two members of the ACI Board of Trustees attended the ceremony and accepted ACI’s awards. Toya Garcia-Bradow, left, and James L. Applegate, right, are members of the Communications Committee. Applegate is committee chair and Garcia-Bradow is vice chair.

One Silver award was presented for “A Smarter Solution: How Liberal Arts and Business Together are Solving Illinois’ Challenges,” a March 9, 2021 webinar focused on ACI’s alumni employment data. Organized by the Communications Committee, with ACI staff assistance, speakers included students, corporate board members, industry leaders, and member college and university presidents. More than 200 people have viewed the program, either live or on-demand.

A second Silver award was presented to ACI for its 2020-2021 Annual Report. Since 2016, ACI’s annual reports have been recognized seven times by the PCC and the Public Relations Society of America Chicago chapter.


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