Mental Health Outreach Fellowship

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The PA Foundation Mental Health Outreach Fellowship is designed to connect PAs’ clinical expertise and compassion to community need with a specific emphasis on mental health. Tapping into the established and growing community outreach program developed by NCBH, the fellowship seeks to equip a pilot cohort of 16 PAs to conduct outreach in their communities as trainers using the validated MHFA curriculum.

The goal of the MHFA program is to improve the mental health knowledge and skills of the U.S. public in an effort to prepare individuals to recognize and respond to signs of early-stage mental illness and mental health crisis, offer and provide initial help, and guide a person toward appropriate professional support. This program may be likened to CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), a familiar community health education training which has prepared laypeople to respond to cardiac emergencies for several generations.

The first cohort of PA Foundation Mental Health Outreach Fellows will participate in the following:

  • A three-day introductory fellows symposia* to be held March 26-28, 2018, in Alexandria, VA, which will include:
    • MHFA community trainer training, which teaches participants how to teach the MHFA course. This will enhance the skill set of the PAs who are clinically trained to diagnose mental illness but not necessarily trained to educate adult learners.
  • Training will include instruction on creating business plans, forming community partnerships, and outreach.
  • Fellows will conduct community outreach and training to a minimum of 100 people.
  • Upon completion of the required local training, the PA Foundation Mental Health Outreach Fellows will be required to submit de-identified outcomes of the pre-/post-training test to assess participants’ change in knowledge, attitudes and behavior before and after training.
  • Fellows will be required to submit a report and provide insights on healthcare providers as MHFA trainers and their recommendations for refining and expanding the program to build out a strong PA network of MHFA trainers, as well as their plan to continue the program locally.
  • Fellows will be invited to submit MHFA poster presentations for the 2019 AAPA conference.

Fellows will receive a $1,250 honorarium/stipend for their participation in the program. The PA Foundation will cover and/or reimburse the cost of the following:

  • Training costs (valued at $2,000)
  • Airfare/transportation
  • Lodging
  • Meals

The total value of the training and associated expenses plus stipend is estimated to be around $5,000.

*The training will begin early on March 26; therefore, selected participants traveling to the training will likely need to plan to arrive on March 25.

Eligibility Criteria

All grant applications must be submitted by one or more PAs or PA students who are members in good standing of AAPA.

Who Should Apply?

As Mental Health First Aid instructors, Mental Health Outreach Fellows will serve as presenters, facilitators and ambassadors of the Mental Health First Aid USA program.

Fellows should be comfortable presenting to a group of adults and facilitating groups.

Application Process

The application cycle will open January 3, 2018. The online application will be available on this page beginning January 3.

View the program overview and requirements document.

For step-by-step instructions on how to complete the online application in SmarterSelect, view the applicant instructional guide.

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Fellowship Requirements

The Mental Health First Aid instructor training will be held on March 26-28, 2018, in Alexandria, VA. All selected Fellows must attend this training.

Upon completion of the required local training, the PA Foundation Mental Health Outreach Fellows will be required to submit de-identified outcomes of the pre-/post-training test to assess participants’ change in knowledge, attitudes and behavior before and after training.

Fellows will be required to submit a report and provide insights on healthcare providers as MHFA trainers and their recommendations for refining and expanding the program to build out a strong PA network of MHFA trainers, as well as their plan to continue the program locally.

Fellows will be invited to submit MHFA poster presentations for the 2019 AAPA conference.

 

Application deadline is January 31, 2018.

Questions? Contact Caroline Pierce at cpierce@aapa.org or 571.319.4510.