Katherine “Kaesa” GeeBah Footracer followed a winding path to becoming a PA. Now, from volunteering on a Navajo Nation reservation during the pandemic to leading a pilot program called the COVID-Like Illness Outpatient Clinic, Footracer is helping to improve the healthcare landscape for all.
Army veteran and neurosurgery PA Brooke Jackson Kahn noticed a lack of mental health resources and community for women veterans – so she decided to create her own. Her nonprofit organization, She’s the Veteran, serves women veterans across the country.
As a PA practicing in rheumatology, Lindsay Tom, PA-C, treats a wide variety of rheumatology conditions. In this specialty, she helps return quality of life for patients in pain – and her clinical work includes radiology, procedures, and assisting in the infusion suite.
As a community health aide instructor in Alaska, PA Quana Ticket trains community health aides to perform thorough exams and provide care in remote villages across the state. Ticket speaks to how these healthcare professionals play a critical role in the Tribal Health system and how they are improving access to care in 170 rural Alaskan villages.
Melinda Rawcliffe’s career in healthcare has taken her to war zones, remote islands, and oil drilling sites. But while her assignments have been varied, she sees a common theme: All of these experiences have been available to her because she’s a PA.
Despite the ticking clock and the distractions of the impending midterms, AAPA’s Federal Advocacy team has remained diligently and strategically focused on PA-priority legislation that has the potential to directly impact PA practice: specifically, the Improving Access to Workers’ Compensation for Injured Federal Workers Act (H.R. 6087) and the Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Care Act (H.R. 1956/S.1986).
PA Robert Smith realized he could maximize his impact on the PA profession by leading organizations on the national level. He has since chaired AAPA’s Minority Affairs Committee, which existed for more than 25 years; co-founded PAs for Latino Health, an AAPA caucus; and championed initiatives that will improve healthcare for Latino communities.
Almost 30% of PAs who responded to the 2022 AAPA Salary Survey served in an informal or formal leadership role within their workplace. To learn more about these PAs, we gathered information on key areas of difference.
This year, AAPA is pleased to welcome 41 PAs to join the ranks of the Distinguished Fellow Program. As the association’s most dedicated members, Distinguished Fellows are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession and the communities they serve.