National Health Priority Toolkit:

Behavioral & Mental Health

Behavioral and Mental Health is one of four AAPA National Health Priorities targeted as part of a national movement for healthier bodies and minds. Do your part to tackle this national crisis by using the resources in this toolkit, including free CME, clinical guidelines, research, and much more.

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of Americans will struggle with mental illness in their lifetime

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annual deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use

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Americans suffering from an opioid use disorder

SMI Adviser

This is a national initiative that serves clinicians and providers across all mental health practice settings. Their services offer evidence-based answers that support your clinical decisions for individuals who have bipolar disorder, recurrent major depression, and schizophrenia.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Resources for Behavioral Health

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is the leading funder of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) in the United States. PCORI has curated all of their resources on mental and behavioral health and pain care and opioids to support patients, communities, and clinicians to make informed healthcare choices.

IMPACT Grant Program

PA Foundation’s IMPACT Grant program provides funding to encourage and support PA and PA student involvement in programs that support patient-centered, community-based health projects within the United States and its territories that demonstrate an impact on patient health outcomes.

How to Prevent Burnout: Viewpoints of a Psychiatric PA

Burnout is happening more rapidly in the changing world with even some new graduates questioning their chosen profession. Work-life balance (WLB) is essential for optimal mental health. Clinicians need to feel their best to be… more


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AAPA and the PA Foundation continually commit substantial resources to preventing and treating substance use disorders and mental illness in communities across the nation. Together with industry, health system, and community partners, we are giving PAs the knowledge and the tools needed to make a difference.