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Join the Fight. Be the Change for Optimal Health


We’re calling on all PAs to get engaged with volunteer and outreach efforts to foster more equitable health care. 

Certified PA Tiffany Haynie knows changing health systems is a challenge, but she encourages PAs, “All it takes is a little effort every day to try to be a little bit better, and you’ll be able to make a big difference in this world.”

Cleveland Clinic Surgical PA Karen Roane, PA-C, adds, “That’s how we define ourselves – by the people we take care of; not necessarily by the letters that are behind our names but by what we do and how impactful we are to the people around us.”

Watch the trailer above of PAs, students, and others as they share their perspectives on why it’s important to strive for health equity, and how integrating oral health into PA practice is one strategy for promoting more equitable care. Stream the full length video here.

Ready to get involved? Learn more about Grant Opportunities to make a change in your community. Apply today.   

Be the C.H.A.N.G.E. with up to $1,000 in Grant Funding

Apply for up to $1,000 in funding as part of the nccPA Health Foundation's "Be the CHANGE" grants program to Create Health Access Now for Greater Equity. Reaching Hands

As of June 30, 2016, the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) reported staggering numbers of people live in areas where it is difficult to access primary medical care (more than 62 million), dental care (more than 49 million), mental health care (more than 99.5 million). These numbers underscore how unequal access to care contributes to health disparities.

"The statistics describing access to care are staggering; but if we each commit to a change, we can make a big impact," said Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D., PA-C, NCCPA and Foundation President and CEO. "We challenge PAs to identify the difference you can make, whether its providing patient education, screenings, or delivering care to those who might not otherwise have access to it.”

Certified PAs, PA organizations, and PA students may apply for funding; and activities may take place at a PA-, community-based, or other social organizations. Applications will be considered as they are received; and grants awarded based on merit, in amounts up to $1,000 until all funds are expended.

View the complete grant guidelines  and apply today.


Thirty PA students volunteered a total of 300 hours to be the change and bring hope to patients and families at the Ronald McDonald House in Galveston, Texas. Watch this time-lapse video of the transformation to create a Superhero Hideout.

Be the Change grant recipient Wendy Carazo knew from her PA class’s regular outreach activities that the Ronald McDonald House had sustained repeated water damage from hurricanes and others storms. While the damage was repairable, doing so stripped the themed patient rooms and other decorations designed to energize and support families and patients. Recognizing this neeed, Carazo and her UTMB classmates took action to support their community.

“The children staying at the Ronald McDonald House have demonstrated how strong they are by persevering through their illness. It is our hope that having a special place to ‘hideout’ will help them be confident and brave during their journey to recovery,” said Carazo, UTMB PA Class of 2017. “Plus, through our ongoing involvement with RMH, we are exemplifying our profession’s commitment to being community leaders and promoting the positive impact of PAs.”

This project is an extension of the RMH’s mission of providing a safe and supportive environment for families going through the hardship of caring for a sick child. By decorating a room with symbols associated with courage, the UTMB students hope to empower the children to be confident and brave during their journey to recovery. The resiliency these children and their families display demonstrates that they are truly the superheroes in their own story. We hope the children who stay in the “Superhero Hideout” feel like superheroes and find the strength to overcome their illness.

UTMB Students

(Top left to right) Paige Savage, Ashley White, Krystal Carpenter, Julia Case, Forest Trager, Josh Baker, Spencer Anderson, Ashley Unaegbu, Erin Sharpe, Beth Thompson, Stacey Frerich, Heather Cox, Lexie Aldridge, Shama Shaukatali
(Bottom left to right) Hannah Ausloos, Lauren Habern, Avalynn Ly, Haley Kemp, Wendy Carazo, Elizabeth Knipp, Danielle Williams, Marlene Martinez, Tiffany Du, Carina Cure, Victoria Rios

Read previous spotlights here.

Ready to lead a change?  Check out the grant opportunities available from the nccPA Health Foundation.