PA WEEK 2020

Every year from October 6-12, we celebrate National PA Week, which recognizes the PA profession and its contributions to the nation’s health.

Before it was a weeklong event, National PA Day was first celebrated on October 6, 1987 in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first graduating class of PAs. October 6 is also the birthday of the profession’s founder Eugene A. Stead Jr., MD.

This PA Week is especially significant as it falls during a global pandemic. PAs have stepped up in major ways, including serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. Whatever your specialty or setting, you have put your health at risk every day to care for your patients.

During this challenging time, PAs have not only proven themselves as flexible, adaptable, and collaborative – but also ESSENTIAL. Essential to healthcare. Essential to patients.

Below you will find a theme for each day of PA Week with calls to action to show your PA pride! Here you will find the tools and messages to help share your story, celebrate your fellow PAs, get involved in grassroots advocacy, help spread important health messages, and more.

Access our PA Week 2020 Media Guide, developed specifically to help you share this important public health information and to help you talk with your local media.

Follow AAPA on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram to see all of the PA Week celebrations around the country. Update your Facebook profile image with this overlay. Use hashtags #PAweek and #PAsAreEssential to join the conversation!

Oct. 6 – PAs are Essential
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PAs Are Essential

The theme of this year’s PA Week is PAs Are Essential. During the COVID-19 response, PAs have stepped up like never before.

You’ve shown how flexible, adaptable, and collaborative you can be: testing, diagnosing, and treating COVID-19 patients; conducting telemedicine visits; redeploying to different specialties; or continuing to provide healthcare for those who need it most.

Share this video and the PAs are Essential shareable graphics below with your social networks. Use the hashtags #PAWeek and #PAsAreEssential to join the conversation.

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Oct. 7 – Share Your Why
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Share Your Why

What inspired you to become a PA? On social media, share what led you to pursue this profession. And tag three PAs you know to challenge them to do the same!

Use the hashtags #PAweek and #PAsAreEssential to join the conversation!

Oct. 8 – Be a PA Advocate
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Be a PA Advocate

The PA profession needs your unique voice.

Take a moment to become a PA advocate! Then, whether you’re new to PA advocacy or an experienced advocate, share this special #PAweek advocacy graphic below to show your PA pride!

Get helpful tips from AAPA legislative staff about speaking up for your profession while social distancing. Request a PA Week proclamation from your city or state to raise awareness of the profession.

State Advocacy

Join your state chapter today and help advocate to remove barriers so that patients can access the high-quality care that PAs provide. Find tools for state advocates on AAPA.org.

Federal Advocacy

Join AAPA’s Grassroots Advocacy and Information Network, a nationwide network of PAs who want to engage with Congress about PA policy priorities. Learn more about it here.

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Oct. 9 – Ask AAPA Experts
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Ask AAPA Experts

We know that COVID-19 has created many questions about professional development or career next steps.

Head over to AAPA’s Instagram to watch Andrea Lowe, MHA, PA-C, Director of Employer Strategy, and Tim McCall, PhD, Associate Director, Surveys & Analysis and author of AAPA’s Salary Report, take over AAPA’s Instagram stories to answer your career-related questions!

Oct. 10 – PA Thank-a-Thon
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PA Thank-a-Thon

It’s nice to hear a thank you every now and then, right? (Thank you, PAs!)

Share the graphic below and/or this video, tag/thank three PAs or PA students you know and challenge them to do the same to keep the momentum going.

Whether it is a colleague, mentor, family member, or friend, let’s recognize PAs and the essential work they do by saying THANK YOU.

Use the hashtags #PAweek and #PAsAreEssential to join the conversation!

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Oct. 11 – PA Giving Day
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PA Giving Day

PA Week is the perfect time to contribute to a cause that supports your profession!

When you give to the PA Foundation, you’re empowering PAs to improve health in their communities and supporting the next generation of PA leaders through scholarship opportunities.

This PA Week, donate to the PA Foundation.

Use one of the graphics below and the hashtags #PAweek and #PAGivingDay to join the conversation!

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Oct. 12 – Public Outreach Day
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Public Outreach Day

This PA Week, PAs have an opportunity to amplify public health messages from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase our nation’s immunization rates and reduce vaccine-preventable disease.

Vaccinations, including childhood immunizations, have sharply declined nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. This raises significant concerns about vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. Additionally, the intersection of influenza and coronavirus is a looming double threat, which the CDC specifically addresses in their “Vaccination Guidelines During a Pandemic.

Here’s what PAs can do:

Use the CDC’s “Fight Flu” social media images and suggested messages to remind your patients, friends, and family members to get their seasonal flu vaccine.

Review the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Encourage your patients, friends, and family members to stay up to date on all immunizations with HHS’s “Catch Up to Get Ahead” shareable graphics.

Access our PA Week 2020 Media Guide, developed specifically to help you share this important public health information and to help you talk with your local media.

PA Week Resources

PA Week Resources

This PA Week, we’re providing social media graphics, shareable videos, template op-eds, talking points, high-resolution files for printing, and all the resources you need to celebrate PA Week on social media and in your community.

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Thank You, PAs!

PAs are Essential

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PA Week 2020 Media Guide

As a PA, you are a trusted source of health information for your patients and the public. Leading up to PA Week, you can join your fellow PAs across the county in encouraging people in your community to get their flu shots – a key message we are sharing this year.

To support your efforts, AAPA has created the PA Week 2020 Media Guide, which will help you work with your local media. Our guide includes key messages as well as a template op-ed and letter to the editor.

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