Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grants

The Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Humanitarian Assistance Grant Program 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. To date, global outreach grants have supported worthwhile projects in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Caribbean Islands, former Soviet Union countries, and the United States.

Grant Applications

Now accepting applications through May 15th. Please read the grant requirements within the grant application before applying. Interested in applying, click on the Apply Now button below.

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Questions? Please contact Marylou Forgione at mforgione@aapa.org.

Funding Sources

Global outreach grants are funded from several sources:

  • The Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Endowment — established in 2005 through a generous donation made by Don and Kathy Pedersen’s Family Foundation in memory of Don’s father, who worked internationally throughout his career. The Pedersens have been physician assistants for more than 30 years—Don as professor and director of the University of Utah PA Program, and Kathy as a primary care PA at the Community Health Centers of Salt Lake City.
  • Chevron and other corporate partners
  • Individual donors

If you wish to support global outreach projects, you can do so by selecting “Global Outreach” on the Foundation’s donation form 

2013 Grant Recipients

Athens Orthopedic Clinic: Orthopedic Mission to Haiti – Terrier Rouge, Haiti

Equipment, medicines and supplies for a medical service trip by PAs, orthopedic surgeons and other physicians to train Haitian doctors and staff at a clinic serving impoverished Haitians

Boston University PA Program: Capacity Building for Non-communicable Disease Care in Uganda – Gulu and Masaka, Uganda

Instructional supplies and onsite expenses for non-communicable disease training of Ugandan clinical officers

Clean Water for the World: Rehabilitation and Modification of Rainwater Collection System – San Juan Los Planes, Quezaltepeque, El Salvador

Supplies to repair a rainwater collection system in El Salvador to prevent health problems caused by unclean water and poor sanitation

Peacework Medical Projects: Medical Clinic – Ranquitte, Haiti

Medications for a primary care clinic staffed by volunteer PAs and PA students serving Haitian earthquake refugees

Quinnipiac University PA Program and Health Horizons International: Medical Service Trip – Puerto Plata Region, Dominican Republic

Medications, supplies and training materials for faculty and PA students working with community health workers in underserved areas of the Dominican Republic

Yale University PA Program: Bilateral Impact of International Rotations for PA Students – Peru, Spain, Uganda

Supplies and housing for faculty and PA students participating in clinical rotations in Peru, Spain and Uganda for a project evaluating the impact of rotations on trainees, preceptors, local healthcare providers, patients and their families


To receive grants/donations from the PA Foundation, the individuals and organizations associated with a grant application must meet certain nondiscrimination requirements specified by the AAPA Guidelines for Ethical Conduct/Policy Manual. To determine if an applicant is eligible to participate, please review the information below.

The PA Foundation does not provide grants/donations to applicants that advocate, support, or engage in discrimination in the provision of health care on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, union membership, political affiliation, race, size, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic or veteran status. Applicants must be willing and able to attest that they do not discriminate on any of these grounds in order to participate.

Applications that involve individuals or organizations that engage in discrimination in the provision of health care on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, union membership, political affiliation, race, size, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic or veteran status are not eligible to participate.