Cognitive Assessment Toolkit
Identify cognitive impairment in its early stages with the Cognitive Assessment Toolkit. Healthcare providers across specialties and practice settings will find the resources and develop skills they need to conduct cognitive assessments.
“Vital Minds” Podcast
The PA Foundation addresses the topic of aging in several episodes of its “Vital Minds” podcast.
Preventing Prescription Opioid Misuse in Special Patient Populations
This curriculum focuses on preventing prescription opioid misuse in special patient populations. With mounting evidence about the pathways to prescription opioid misuse, we focus on introducing students and professionals to the subtleties of opioid misuse prevention in the following patient populations:
Patients in the LGBTQ+ community
Youth and young adult surgical patients
Palliative and hospice care patients
Pain patients in opioid use disorder (OUD) recovery
Addressing Pain Management Via Telemedicine
This curriculum focuses on providing a foundation for PA students and other pre-prescribers to navigate pain management in a world that relies increasingly on telemedicine. The training offered through this program will highlight the subtleties of working with pain patients through telemedicine, with an emphasis on mental health, and preventing the abuse and misuse of prescription opioids.
Preventing Prescription Opioid Misuse
Combating today’s opioid epidemic is not just about treating addiction. Prevention is the first step in ensuring the safety of your patients and reducing our nation’s overdose death rate. This course was designed to help prepare future prescribers to safely and effectively address patient needs through the use of opioids and/or other treatment modalities.
Preparing to Address Substance Use Disorder in Practice: A PA Student Guide
The PA Foundation has free online resources for PA students based on the PA Student SUD Symposium at AAPA 2019. The online guide includes five videos from sessions recorded at the symposium, as well as a comprehensive resource section for those wishing to pursue additional training or learn more about SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery.
Video: Shutting Down Stigma Against SUD
People with substance use disorder (SUD) face stigma on many fronts – from themselves, their loved ones, and even their medical providers. Research shows that clinicians do often have biases against patients with addiction. When patients feel stigmatized, they may avoid seeking treatment or disregard clinician recommendations and experience worse outcomes. Learn steps clinicians can take to become advocates for patients with SUD. Brought to you by the PA Foundation with support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network Dissemination Initiative.
Mental Health Outreach Fellowship
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.
Allied Against Opioid Abuse
AAOA is a partner-based educational initiative founded by the Healthcare Distribution Alliance to prevent prescription opioid misuse. The PA Foundation has joined with other leading partners to arm healthcare providers, patients and their families with resources to help prevent old or unused prescriptions from ending up in the wrong hands.
“Vital Minds” Podcast
The PA Foundation addresses the topics of mental health and SUD in several episodes of its “Vital Minds” podcast.
Nutrition Outreach Fellowship & Materials
The Nutrition Outreach fellowship began in 2020 as an opportunity for PAs to receive special training and resources on nutrition to both enhance their clinical practice and to give back to their healthcare peers and the community at large.
Nutrition Guidance: Dairy Foods for Your Growing Family
This one-page educational resource, “Dairy Foods for Your Growing Family,” was reviewed by Matthew Wright, PA-C, RD, and developed in partnership with the California Milk Advisory Board. PAs are encouraged to use it as an educational tool to help patients and families understand the role dairy plays in daily diet and eating patterns across life stages, for family members of all ages.
“Vital Minds” Podcast
The PA Foundation addresses the topic of nutrition in several episodes of its “Vital Minds” podcast.
All of Us Research Program
AAPA and the PA Foundation are partnering with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program to raise awareness about the importance of participation in research. All of Us is seeking one million or more individuals from across the U.S. who have been excluded from past biomedical research to participate in creating a robust and diverse data resource. Scientists and medical researchers with access to the data can use it to understand more about why people get sick or stay healthy.