Leaders from AAPA were among national leaders in health and public safety who participated in the National Security Council’s Bystanders: Our Nation’s Immediate Responders Roundtable April 29 at the White House.
AAPA President John C. McGinnity, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, and Frank Caruso, MPS, PA-C, EMT-P, manager at Advanced Practice Practitioners at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC, and director of the Disaster Association of PAs, an AAPA Special Interest Group, were joined by leaders in healthcare, emergency management, public health, public safety and members of NSC staff at the roundtable to raise public awareness to disaster response.
The initiative’s goal is to strengthen “immediate response” resilience among the public by providing information and tools for them to use in the case of national disasters and emergencies. McGinnity and Caruso discussed how AAPA members and PAs can support the White House initiative to educate, empower and engage the public in immediate and basic life-saving maneuvers when emergencies occur.
“It was a great honor representing AAPA, and the over 100,000 PAs who practice medicine across the United States, at the White House,” McGinnity said. “Participants recognized the natural synergy between the PA profession and this initiative given our historic ties to military corpsmen and medics saving lives on the battlefield.”
According to the White House, the NSC is the president’s principal forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters. In addition to playing an advisory role in national and emergency disasters, the NSC also coordinates these policies among various government agencies.
“Given the goals the NSC is seeking to fulfill with this initiative, this will be a meaningful call to action for all PAs as it exemplifies the values of our profession,” McGinnity said. “As healthcare providers, we can work with our colleagues and our organizations to help support the White House initiative to educate, empower and engage the public in immediate and basic life-saving maneuvers when emergencies occur.”