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.
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.
SPOTLIGHT: HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR THE HOMELESS
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) PA program brought together students across health profession disciplines to provide healthcare to The Firehouse Shelter –a facility serving homeless men in the Birmingham metropolitan area.
Twice a month, Firehouse clients are screened for hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and other health issues. Since June 2016, approximately 40 PA students have rotated through the clinic and provided care for more than 120 individuals.
"This is one of those rare occasions that impacts the lives of everyone involved," said James R. Kilgore, PhD, PA-C, program director of the UAB Physician Assistant Studies program. "Our students get to see interesting cases, meet unique clients and put the lessons learned in anatomy and physiology to work. And on the other side of the table, the clients get the high quality medical care they so desperately need yet cannot access anywhere else."
UAB anticipates turning its health screening project into a sustainable program that will continue to deliver healthcare to one of Birmingham’s most vulnerable population. The project has proven to be invaluable not only to the men who receive healthcare, but also to the students who deliver that care.
"My mother used to work at a local women's shelter so I spent a lot of time working with her," said PA student, Ebony Bates. "Seeing first-hand how basic preventative healthcare can be overlooked due to stress of being homeless, encouraged me to do outreach in the hope that I could help play a role in making sure that those needs were met."
“Health Screenings for the Homeless” is supported by the nccPA Health Foundation’s Be the CHANGE grants program.
PA Educator, James Kilgore, and UAB PA students host a clinic at The Firehouse Shelter.
Read previous spotlights here.
Ready to lead a change? Check out the grant opportunities available from the nccPA Health Foundation.