Health equity is the opportunity for everyone to reach optimal health. Unfortunately, our systems are more often defined by the inequities in care. At the nccPA Health Foundation, we believe it doesn’t have to be this way and that PAs (and others) have an opportunity to address these gaps. To support PAs, the Foundation offers four funding opportunities for PAs taking a leadership role in reducing disparities, increasing access, and contributing to more equitable care.
Be the C.H.A.N.G.E. Grant
Apply for up to $1,000 in funding as part of the nccPA Health Foundation's new "Be the CHANGE" grants program to Create Health Access Now for Greater Equity. The Foundation seeks to expand PAs’ reach by funding activities that promote equitable health care. This grant is intended to encourage and facilitate PA volunteerism and service-learning for the delivery of patient education and care. Certified PAs, PA organizations, and PA students may apply; view the full RFP.
Grants are considered as they are received and awarded based on merit, until all funds are expended. These activities are funded directly by the nccPA Health Foundation.
Oral Health Grants
The Foundation offers two grant opportunities for those seeking to take a leadership role in education or in outreach to reduce health disparities using oral health.
Community Outreach Grant: Receive up to $500 to work with PA colleagues in your state or specialty society, your student society, or your PA program to design a project around oral health in your community.
Research Integration Grant: Receive up to $3,000 to integrate oral health into your PA program curriculum or your clinical practice and evaluate your strategies. Not sure where to get started? Check out these oral health toolkits.
Grants are reviewed on a first come, first served basis until all funds are expended. These activities are part of the PA Leadership Initiative in Oral Health with support from the National Interprofessional Initiative in Oral Health (NIIOH) and funding from the DentaQuest Foundation and Washington Dental Service Foundation.
Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care
Kathy Pedersen, PA-C, has dedicated her career to promoting equitable health care for all, and this annual grant program equips PAs with up to $5,000 for projects that strive to follow in those footsteps. The grant supportsinnovative, actionable strategies that directly and sustainably impact public health needs. Grant applicants are challenged to design programs that bridge known system gaps, advocate for the underserved, or creatively develop resources for those in need. Certified PAs, PA organizations, and PA students may apply.
The inaugural grantee was Cynthia Bunde, MPAS, PA-C, of the Pocatello Free Clinic. Her proposal Texting for Mental Health: A Case Management Approach in the Free Clinic Setting seeks to evaluate an innovative pilot program that uses test messaging as the basis for case management for uninsured patients with mental health diagnoses. Read more about her effort here.
Check back for an announcement regarding the opening of the 2017 funding cycle.
These activities are funded by the nccPA Health Foundation through a generous donation from Don and Kathy Pedersen.