W. H. Marquardt Fellowship

The William H. Marquardt Community Health Access Fellowship aims to benefit PAs serving in mentoring and/or precepting roles who are dedicated to promoting accessible primary and preventive healthcare amongst underserved populations.

Self-nominations as well as nominations by individuals seeking to honor/recognize preceptors/mentors are accepted.

Two fellowship awards in the amount of $2,500 will be distributed.

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Thank you to Bill Marquardt for his generous support to make this fellowship possible and his dedication to the PA Foundation.

Bill served as president of AAPA from 1992-1993 and also actively served the PA Foundation in various roles, including as chair of the scholarship committee.

2021 Application Cycle (NOW CLOSED)

Opens: August 16
Deadline: September 10

Eligibility Criteria
  • AAPA Fellow member in good standing
  • Employment history reflects a strong focus in primary care
  • Demonstrates strong history of participation in community health initiatives
  • Demonstrates experience of collaborative work with other healthcare providers
Requirements

The application form will include the following sections/required components:

  • General information
  • Community health and collaborative service activities (volunteer or through employment)
  • Essay describing your experiences and interest in community health initiatives and primary care medicine
  • CV

View the 2021 program overview and requirements document.

2021 Cycle

The 2021 William H. Marquardt Community Health Access Fellowship cycle opened August 16 and closed September 10.

Award amount: $2,500 (2 awards available)

Fellowship Recipients

2021 Recipients
Joseph Desrosiers II, MSPAS, PA-C

Joseph Desrosiers II, MSPAS, PA-C, is a PA and cofounder/CEO at Stillwater Primary Care in Chepachet, Rhode Island. He also serves as director of clinical services and volunteer PA at Clínica Esperanza/Hope Clinic, where he provides clinical care to uninsured patients and oversees the clinic’s community walk-in health screening site, and volunteer medical director of the Foster/Glocester COVID Vaccine MED-PODS. Joseph is an adjunct faculty member and clinical preceptor at Bryant University PA Program and a PA clinical preceptor at MGH Institute. He volunteers with Special Olympics RI, assisting with the event medical team, and Operation Stand Down RI, conducting blood pressure and health screenings for homeless veterans.

Ana Ruiz, MHA, PA-C

Ana Ruiz, MHA, PA-C, has been a PA since 2011 and has experience in family medicine, geriatrics, and healthcare administration. She has worked as a PA and administrator at federally qualified health centers and clinics that serve patients in primary care shortage areas. Ana currently serves a predominantly Spanish-speaking immigrant community in San Fernando, California. She is the co-founder of Vida Mobile Clinic, a 501(c)(3) volunteer-run organization that provides healthcare to uninsured individuals and mentors future healthcare providers. As Vida’s co-founder, Ana has helped establish mentorship opportunities for first-generation college students and students from under-resourced backgrounds. She has been a preceptor for PA programs and other disciplines since 2012. Ana is proud to advocate for underrepresented and marginalized communities, fighting for social justice and health equity.

2020 Recipients
Cynthia Bunde, MPAS, PA-C

Cynthia Bunde, MPAS, PA-C, has been a PA since 2000 and has experience in psychiatry, OB/GYN, and family practice. She works clinically at the Pocatello Free Clinic (PFC) in Pocatello, ID, providing primary care for low-income, uninsured adults, and has taught at Idaho State University as an assistant professor of PA studies since 2006. As a provider at PFC, she works daily to advocate for and identify resources for low-income populations, and has successfully reduced the clinic’s medication costs while still helping with patient prescription compliance. She also serves as a preceptor for students of multiple disciplines, with an aim to teach cultural competence in the classroom and engage students with the PFC patient population. She volunteers with Homeless Stand Down (coordinator for medical services), Pocatello Night Out (outreach in low-income housing), Medical Reserve Corps (COVID test site volunteer), ISU Health Fair, PFC fundraising initiatives, and the Idaho Epilepsy Foundation.

Erin Fitzpatrick Lepp, MMSc, PA-C

Erin Fitzpatrick Lepp, MMSc, PA-C, is a clinical associate professor for the Mercer University PA Program and serves as coordinator for service-learning and community engagement, with over 15 years of experience as a medical educator. She practices at a free clinic in Clarkston, GA, providing primary care and chronic disease management to resettled refugees and mentoring PA and medical students on the care of vulnerable and underserved patients. She has authored numerous private foundation grants to enhance care for the working poor and has twice been honored as “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Georgia Association of PAs. She volunteers as quality improvement liaison to the Georgia State Office of Rural Health’s Advisory Board for Farmworker Health, where she contributes her clinical expertise as a PA and diabetes educator to improve the health of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families throughout Georgia.

2019 Recipients
Amanda Roy, PA-C

Amanda Roy, PA-C, practices at Asher Community Health in Fossil, OR. As a National Health Corp Scholar (NHCS) during her PA education, Amanda spent the majority of her rotations in rural and underserved locations, and chose to continuing practicing in a rural frontier community after completing her NHSC requirements. She has developed and led several community health initiatives and health fairs, including a diabetes fair and children’s health fair. Amanda serves as a preceptor for Pacific University School of PA Studies, where she teaches on the rural healthcare track and mentors at least five students each year. She integrates the students into her primary care clinic and community initiatives, promoting passion for rural primary care and underserved medicine.

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James “Rick” Kilgore, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA

Rick Kilgore, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, practices as a volunteer provider at the Community of Hope Health Clinic in Pelham, AL, serving uninsured patients with limited access to healthcare. He retired as program director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham PA Program, and is the founding director of the Firehouse Shelter Interprofessional Medical Screening Clinic, a student-led clinic to address healthcare screening, health education, and treatment referrals at a shelter for homeless men. Since 2014, he has supervised the clinical rotation of hundreds of PA students, and is now working to develop rotations that give students an opportunity to provide care to uninsured, non-English speaking patients and develop their skills in patient communication and education.

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