Be the change you want to see in your community
Apply for a health equity grant.
We believe health equity is the opportunity for everyone to reach optimal health. We support PAs and students in taking a leadership role in their response to health inequities by funding projects that reduce health disparities or increase health care access.
Be the Change Grant:
Apply for up to $1,000 to Create Health Access Now for Greater Equity. This grant is intended to encourage and facilitate PA volunteerism and service-learning for the delivery of patient education and care. Certified PAs, PA organizations (accredited educational programs and constituent organizations), and PA students working with a PA faculty member at an accredited PA program may apply. Applications are reviewed as received until all funds are expended. View the RFP.
Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care:
(2018 funding cycle now closed, next funding cycle will open in Spring 2019)
Kathy Pedersen, MPAS, PA-C, has dedicated her career to promoting equitable health care for all. This annual grant program equips PAs with up to $5,000 for projects that strive to follow in those footsteps. The grant supports innovative, actionable strategies that directly and sustainably impact public health needs. Grant applicants are challenged to design programs that bridge system gaps, advocate for the under served, or creatively develop resources for those in need. Certified PAs, PA organizations (accredited educational programs and constituent organizations), and PA students may apply. The funding cycle for this grant is now closed, but it will re-open in the spring of 2019. View this year’s RFP to get a head start and check back for the 2019 RFP!
The Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care is administered and supported by the nccPA Health Foundation through a generous donation from Don and Kathy Pedersen.
Healing Health Literacy at Two Urban Low-Income Clinics
2017 Grant Recipient
Limited health literacy is a modifiable barrier to high quality care. Marquette University PA Program, the 2017 Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care recipient, implemented and evaluated the health literacy curriculum “HEAL” at two urban clinics serving low-income adults in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. PA faculty provided instruction and counseling on how to communicate about symptoms, diagnoses and treatment; how to interpret medical terminology and forms; and when to seek care at an emergency room. Forty course participants demonstrated gains in confidence of topic knowledge, although results were not statistically significant. However, all participants reported a high degree of satisfaction; and changes in health behaviors were observed. The project also impacted Marquette PA students and the medical staff at both clinics, more than 150 individuals, by increasing their awareness and providing training on how to address low health literacy among their patients. The grantees presented this initiative at the Wisconsin Academy of PAs conference and an abstract has been accepted for the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities conference.
Read more about their efforts here.
Texting for Mental Health: A Case Management Approach
2016 Grant Recipient
Cynthia Bunde, MPAS, PA-C, of the Pocatello Free Clinic was the inaugural grantee. Her unique pilot program, Texting for Mental Health: A Case Management Approach, used texting as the foundation of case management for uninsured patients with mental health diagnoses. The PA-led program also utilized interdisciplinary partnerships including physician assistant, pharmacy, and social work students to deliver services in an underserved setting. Participants completed questionnaires regarding mood rating and perceived ability to manage their condition prior to and after completing a 12-week intervention. No-show rate was also evaluated. For all three indicators, participants showed a statistically significant improvement in factors related to mental health.
Read more about her efforts here.