Constituent Organizations

Constituent organizations (COs) are independent organizations affiliated with AAPA. COs are comprised of state and federal chapters, specialty organizations, special interest groups, and caucuses. They provide their members with locally based CME, networking opportunities, social gatherings, timely information, advocacy and job resources.

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CO Resources

With the resources on this page, COs can improve organizational practices and operations, and at the same time enhance programs and services delivered to members.

State, U.S. Territory and Federal Service Chapters

AAPA’s constituent chapters provide their members locally-based CME, networking opportunities, social gatherings, timely information, advocacy and job resources.

Specialty Organizations

Specialty organizations support AAPA’s knowledge base regarding medical specialty practice issues.

Special Interest Groups

Special interest groups are informal groups composed of individuals sharing a common goal or interest.


A caucus is composed of individuals who share a common goal or interest related to healthcare access or delivery.

Constituent Organization News

Streamlining PA Licensure in Your State

Since launching in Oklahoma in August 2017, the Uniform Application (UA) for PAs is now accepted by five medical and PA boards in four states (Maine allopathic and osteopathic, Montana, Oklahoma, and Washington allopathic). While this is a great start, in order for the UA to have as big an impact on the streamlining of […]

Buprenorphine Waivers: Is Your State Ready?

Last July, Congress passed legislation to allow PAs to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid addiction. However, outdated state laws may prevent some PAs from fully participating in this program. AAPA is working to get the most up-to-date information for PAs.

Constituent Organization Awards

The 2017 Outreach and Advocacy award winners were announced and presented during the Constituent Organization Leadership Forum at AAPA Conference 2017 in Las Vegas on May 17.

Advocacy Tips

Attend Town Hall Meetings

Attending town hall meetings is a great way to make contact with your officials.Check out this step-by-step guide to prepare for participation in a town hall meeting.

Harmonization Acts: Expanding Patient Access to Care

PA laws and regulations have come a long way in the past 50 years. States are improving patient access to healthcare and this includes tearing down barriers to PA practice, which is governed by the PA practice law and rules, as well as by sections of health law that govern specific aspects of healthcare.

Implementing AAPA Guidelines for State Regulation of PAs

A House of Delegates action that updated the “Guidelines for State Regulation of PAs” provides numerous opportunities for states to advance the PA profession.