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Mental Health Outreach: Reflecting and Forging Ahead

Our Mental Health Outreach Fellows are now in the final quarter of their fellowship year. Since completing their Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor training in March 2018, they’ve been on the ground in their communities leading MHFA training sessions to diverse groups including local fire/EMS units, universities, hospitals, homeless shelters,

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Project Spotlight: Serving Birmingham’s Homeless

The PA Foundation awarded Rick Kilgore, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham a 2017 IMPACT Grant for a student-led screening/wellness clinic serving homeless residents in the Birmingham metropolitan area. The project equips PA students to work on interprofessional teams with students from other health professions to provide medical screening and patient education to residents of the Firehouse Shelter,

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Project Spotlight: Making an Impact on Neonatal Mortality in Guatemala

The PA Foundation awarded Wagner College PA Program a 2017 Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grant for its project designed to curb the infant mortality rate in Guatemala. The project incorporates a “train-the-trainer” approach that equips PA students to become educators of neonatal resuscitation techniques.

In January 2018,

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A PA’s Perspective on Mental Health First Aid: Lisa Riley, PA-C

As a healthcare provider, what is your take on the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program? What do you find particularly valuable about the curriculum (as a PA with an existing mental health knowledge base)? 

I love the MHFA and MHFA-Youth programs. It really is a ‘foundation’ program in that you explore ‘A’ to ‘Z’ during the training. 

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Spotlight on 2016 Breitman-Dorn Fellow Virginia Valentin

The Foundation’s Breitman-Dorn Research Fellowship, established in 1998 through a generous donation from Jerald A. Breitman in memory of his partner Stephen Dorn, provides financial assistance to doctoral candidates who are making a contribution to research on the influence of PAs on medical care. The applicant’s research must address the role or contributions of PAs in healthcare,

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Project Spotlight: Malaria Education, Eradication and Treatment Program

The PA Foundation awarded Three Strands and its founder/CEO Mike Taylor, PA, a 2015 Global Outreach Grant for its project focused on malaria prevention, education and treatment in the Central African Republic (CAR). Malaria is endemic in the CAR, meaning that a large number of its residents are infected at least once a year.

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Project Spotlight: Magale Health Project

Picture1The PA Foundation awarded Carilion Medical Center a 2015 Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grant for its Magale Health Project focused on improving health in rural eastern Uganda. The project represents a partnership between Global Health Educators (GHE), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and the PA program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS) in Roanoke,

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Project Spotlight: Medical and Public Health Mission in Nicaragua

In 2015, the PA Foundation awarded Arcadia University a Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grant for its project “A Medical and Public Health Mission in Nicaragua.” The project was developed in collaboration with Global Brigades, the world’s largest student-led health and sustainable development organization. Through the organization’s Medical Brigades program,

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IMPACT Grant Project Spotlight

Screening and Treating Patients with Hepatitis C in a Rural Community

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Ruth Dotson, PA-C

Ruth Dotson, a PA at High Country Community Health in Boone, NC, received a 2015 IMPACT Grant for her project designed to identify and promote treatment of underserved patients in rural North Carolina with chronic hepatitis C.

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Donor Profile: Don and Kathy Pedersen

PedersensGTphotoDon and Kathy Pedersen, both PA-Cs, are longtime donors to the PA Foundation. The Pedersens made a significant and lasting contribution to the Foundation’s grant programs by establishing the Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Endowment through a donation from their family foundation in 2005. They created the endowment in memory of Don’s father,

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