This PA Week recognizes the value of PAs and raises public awareness and knowledge of the profession with these simple, touchstone phrases.
AAPA is using them to create opportunities as we work with healthcare organizations, PA programs, employers, state and specialty PA organizations and a variety of healthcare groups to support, honor and celebrate the contributions of PAs.
To that end, we revitalized our PA Week tools and resources to empower you in your celebration of the PA community.
Everything is available online in one location, from posters, guides, infographics and fact sheets to talking points for presentations.
This year, we stepped up our efforts to equip you with what you need to promote the profession in your workplace, community and online via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest.
We’ve already garnered attention for PAs through media relations efforts and paid ads, and we’re holding events, such as PAs on the Plaza, to raise awareness and highlight the value of PAs.
This is a very exciting time to be a PA. Our collective advocacy efforts are especially important now because employers, legislators, patients and the media are looking at us with new eyes—or for the first time.
As PAs, we are unique among healthcare professionals. Lawmakers, employers and the media are starting to realize that unlike other providers, our generalist education gives us the flexibility to transition throughout the medical specialties to provide quality, accessible, affordable care in all settings.
It’s no accident that following a year of unprecedented improvements to PA scope-of-practice laws, legislators across 44 states and the District of Columbia have continued to modernize PA laws and regulations during the first half of 2014.
Let’s keep the momentum going. I want you to consider commemorating PA Week by joining a hospital committee, taking on a new leadership responsibility in your practice or setting up a face-to-face meeting with your members of Congress in their district offices.
Unsure how to do this? AAPA has an advocacy toolkit that walks you through the process.
My hope for this PA Week, and those in the future, is that PAs and students across the country celebrate our profession and advocate for our future.
This will help us make the initials “PA” recognizable to every American!
John G. McGinnity, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, is president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
See also: AAPA’s PA Week page