Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Endowment

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 48 projects operating in over 20 countries since its inception.

2024 Application Cycle – Now Open

Opens: February 5
Closes: March 4

Apply through the Global Outreach Grant application process.

View the 2024 qualifications and requirements document.


Grant Year Recipient Name Program Name Country
2023 Bay Path University American and Liberian PA Collaboration to Address Neonatal Asphyxiation in Liberia Liberia
2023 Rhode Island Hospital Structured Didactic Sessions to Improve Trauma Care at District Hospitals in Rwanda Rwanda
2023 Waukesha Free Clinic at Carroll University Beat Diabetes with Healthy Lungs and Healthy Feet – Pneumovax/Diabetic Care Clinic United States
2022 Community Empowerment Diabetes Evaluation and Management Program in the Dominican Republic and Haiti Dominican Republic/Haiti
2022 Friends of Shirati Establishing Point-of-Care Ultrasonography (POCUS) in Shirati, Tanzania Tanzania
2022 OVI Healthcare OVI Fellows Hygiene and Sanitation Initiative Kenya
2021 Care New England – Kent Hospital Foundation Stop the Bleed Rwanda Rwanda
2021 Touro University Assessing the Resilience of Humanitarian Organizations Working with Migrant Communities on the United States-Mexico Border: A Comparative Case Study U.S.-Mexico Border
2019 Community Empowerment A Diabetes Screening Program in Haiti and the Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
2019 Mayanza, Inc. Santiago Schools Community Health Program Guatemala
2018 Touro University Supporting Global Health PA Education for Vulnerable Populations in Uganda and Bolivia Uganda/Bolivia
2018 Colorectal Team Overseas CTO Medical Mission Trip to Da Nang, Vietnam Vietnam
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
2016 The Dream Project, Inc. The Dream Project, Mozambique Mozambique
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
2013 Boston University, Mary Warner, MMSc, PA-C Capacity Building for Asthma Care Uganda
2013 Pamela Burwell, PA-C Peacework Medical Clinic Haiti
2012 University of Utah, Jennifer Coombs, PhD, PA-C Rural Health Outreach Guatemala
2012 Pacific University Service Learning Project Nicaragua
2011 Yale University PA Program Capacity Building for Non-communicable Disease Uganda
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 Medical Mission trip to Nicaragua Nicaragua
2010 Quinnipiac PA Program QU/HHI Medical Service Trip Dominican 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
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
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
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

Questions? Contact Caroline Pierce at 571-319-4510 or [email protected]