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Don't Be Afraid to Say 'Open Your Mouth':

New Video Series Emphasizes Small Steps to Make a Big Impact

The nccPA Health Foundation released the second of four new video clips highlighting opportunities to improve health by connecting the dots between oral health and overall health, including how issues in the mouth may offer clues as to what is happening in the body. 

Designed with clinicians in mind, the clips share the experiences of PAs and interprofessional partners and provide easy-to-implement next steps.  

“The oral-systemic connection is well documented as are the barriers that keep patients from receiving needed care, including lack of access, cost, even fear of the dentist,” said Cynthia Booth Lord, MHS, PA-C, Past Chair of the nccPA Health Foundation Board and video participant.  “As PAs learn about oral health, we can make a value-added impact for our patients.”

This new series builds on Joining the Fight for Oral Health: Promoting Health Equity, released in 2016. Watch future issues of the NCCPA News for additional small steps you can take to foster interprofessional collaboration and activate patients for better care.

Apply for the Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care - Deadline Thursday, June 8, 2017 

The Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care provides PAs up to $5,000 for projects that address priority health concerns for the community, region, or nation where the provider serves.

Kathy Pederson

“Kathy has dedicated her career to social accountability and the provision of equitable care for all,” said Ted Wendel, PhD, nccPA Health Foundation Board Chair. “With this grant, we honor her work and invite all PAs to consider the impact that you can make for the people and patients in your community who need it most.”

The grant supports innovative, actionable strategies that directly and sustainably impact public health needs. Interested applicants are challenged to design programs that bridge known system gaps, advocate for the underserved, or creatively develop resources for those in need. 

photo provided by languageCertified PAs, PA organizations (educational programs and constituent organizations), and PA students may apply. To be considered during the 2017 funding cycle, submit the completed application by June 8, 2017.

The Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care is administered by the nccPA Health Foundation was made possible through a generous donation from Don and Kathy Pedersen.


PA students at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) are taking healthcare where it’s needed the most in Galveston, Texas, and have served nearly 180 individuals. “Healthy Living on a Budget” is a product of UTMB’s PA Studies Community Outreach Committee and was supported with funding from the nccPA Health Foundation’s Be the CHANGE grant program. 

For the project, PA students team up with students from UTMB’s Clinical Laboratory Science(CLS) program to provide health screenings and education to community members served by the Galveston County Food Bank and at local health fairs.

“Our motive for beginning Healthy Living on a Budget stemmed from a desire to practice newly learned physical exam and health counseling skills outside of the classroom while, at the same time, giving back to the Galveston community,” said Kate Corbin, UTMB PA Student.

Under the guidance of UTMB PA and CLS faculty, PA and CLS students screen community members for hypertension and high cholesterol every second Saturday of the month. Screened individuals are counseled and given information on diet, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle choices. Those needing further evaluation and care are referred to a local health clinic where free or reduced cost health services are available. 

To sustain “Healthy Living on a Budget” and ensure continuity in how services are delivered, the PA students with the assistance of a UTMB videographer created a video for current and future student volunteers. (Watch here.) The video not only instructs students on how to use medical equipment; but it also gives instructions on how to conduct patient counseling and document patient outcomes.

The PA Studies Community Outreach Committee will continue to work with UTMB’s CLS program, and plans to expand its interprofessional collaboration to include UTMB’s Nutrition and Metabolism Department.
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Ready to lead a change? Check out the grant opportunities available from the nccPA Health Foundation.