The Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Endowment was established in 2005 through a gift from Don and Kathy Pedersen’s Family Foundation to create an endowment in memory of Don’s father, who was an international businessman. This program provides financial support to projects involving PAs and PA students in humanitarian activities designed to improve the quality of life in underserved areas of developing countries and the United States. The grants are intended to promote sustainable development in the areas of healthcare and health education for populations and communities in need. Funding is provided for projects that enhance or expand existing programs and provide the participating PAs and students an invaluable learning experience in healthcare delivery, leadership, and project management.
The Pedersens have been PAs for more than 30 years, Don as a professor and director of the University of Utah PA Program and Kathy as a primary care PA with community health centers in Salt Lake City. Don and Kathy are currently focusing their time on a program they established called Global Partners, through which they broker resources from the University of Utah Academic Health Center to meet the needs of their overseas corporate, academic, and humanitarian partners through education and clinical care. The program currently operates in Indonesia, Angola, Morocco, Thailand, and Nepal. Additionally, the Pedersens give back at a local level through their volunteer service at free clinics in Salt Lake City.
The Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Endowment has supported grants to 36 recipients serving in 16 different countries since its inception.
2018 Grant Application Cycle
Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grants are awarded through the Global Outreach Grant application/selection cycle. The 2018 cycle is now open. The deadline to apply is July 13.
Apply online here.
|Grant Year||Recipient Name||Program Name||Country|
|2006||Shenandoah University Division of PA Studies||Medical Mission trip to Nicaragua||Nicaragua|
|2006||Tyler Anderson, PA-C||Rafiki Foundation Medical Program||Uganda|
|2006||Amy Dereczyk, PA-C||The Goodness and Mercy Foundation||Nigeria|
|2007||Baylor College of Medicine||Shoulder to Shoulder PA Project||Honduras|
|2007||Michelle Klein, PA-C, Kari Shmul, PA-C||Peacework Medical||Ghana|
|2007||University of Wisconsin – Madison||Diabetes Screening, Prevention and Early Intervention||Guatemala|
|2007||University of Wisconsin – Madison||Health Promotion and Education||Guatemala|
|2007||Catherine Hoelzer, MPH, PA-C||Health Education for Southern Sudan||South Sudan|
|2007||Phoumy Bounkeua, PA-C||Laos Global Health Literacy Project and Village Healthcare Worker Training||Lao People’s Democratic Republic|
|2007||University of Utah and Ministry of Health||Ghana Clinican Medical Service Elective||Ghana|
|2007||Augsburg College PA Program||Rural Health Clinic in Nicaragua||Nicaragua|
|2008||Catherine Hoelzer, MPH, PA-C||Southern Sudan Literacy Project||South Sudan|
|2008||Eucharia Iwuanyanwu, PA-C||Cancer Medical Mission to Cross River State||Nigeria|
|2008||Tanna Donaldson (of University of Oklahoma)||AIDS Relief in Ghana||Ghana|
|2008||Jessica Wallace, PA-C, George Washington University PA Program||Hospital San Carlos Community Medicine Program, Doctors for Global Health||Mexico|
|2008||Tyler Anderson, PA-C||Rafiki Foundation Medical Program||Uganda|
|2008||David Dereczyk, PA-C||The Goodness and Mercy Foundation||Nigeria|
|2008||Phoumy Bounkeua, PA-C||Global Health Literacy Project & Village Healthcare Worker Training||Lao People’s Democratic Republic|
|2009||Cheung P. Tung, PA-C||China Medical Mission for Children||China|
|2009||Catherine Hoelzer, MPH, PA-C||Dajo Literacy Training Project||South Sudan|
|2010||Amanda Welbourne||Medicial Mission trip to Nicaragua||Nicaragua|
|2010||Jennifer Wall, PA-C||Africa Burn Relief Program||Malawi|
|2010||Catherine Hoelzer, MPH, PA-C||Dajo Literacy Training Project||South Sudan|
|2010||Eucharia Iwuanyanwu, PA-C||Medicial Mission trip to Nicaragua||Nicaragua|
|2010||Quinnipiac PA Program||QU/HHI Medical Service Trip||Dominican Republic|
|2011||Yale University PA Program||Capacity Building for Non-communicable Disease||Uganda|
|2012||University of Utah, Jennifer Coombs, PhD, PA-C||Rural Health Outreach||Guatemala|
|2012||Pacific University||Service Learning Project||Nicaragua|
|2013||Boston University, Mary Warner, MMSc, PA-C||Capacity Building for Asthma Care||Uganda|
|2013||Pamela Burwell, PA-C||Peacework Medical Clinic||Haiti|
|2015||Arcadia University||A Medical and Public Health Mission in Nicaragua||Nicaragua|
|2015||Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania||Dispensary Level Cancer Education in Tanzania||Tanzania|
|2015||Carilion Medical Center||Magale Health Project||Uganda|
|2016||The Dream Project, Inc.||The Dream Project, Mozambique||Mozambique|
|2017||Three Strands||Water Sanitation, Filtration, and Education||Central African Republic|
|2017||Wagner College PA Program||Expansion of the Women’s Health Initiative: Making an Impact on Neonatal Mortality in Guatemala||Guatemala|
Questions? Contact Caroline Pierce at 571-319-4510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.