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Physician Associates for Latino Health sends their thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the recent senseless act at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

PALH strongly urges you to contact your legislators to enact H.R. 7961 bill or the SAVE Act as law. The Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act (H.R. 7961) provides federal protections for health care workers who experience violence and intimidation in their workplace settings. The SAVE Act would provide protections similar to those in the federal statute that criminalizes the assault and intimidation of aircraft and airport workers.

Recent studies reported an increase in physical violence and verbal abuse against healthcare workers over the last two years.

The SAVE Act would ensure offenders are appropriately punished and continue to provide a safe environment in which we all deliver patient care.

PAs for Latino Health believes healthcare workers and health systems should have these protections.

Additionally we want to remind our members about the importance of HR 6087 Improving Access to Workers’ Compensation for Federal Workers Act and HR 1956/S 1986 Access to Quality Cardiac Rehab Care Act. You can read more about these two bills here!

Contact Your Legislators

Preferably through a direct call or email.

You can look up your state legislators via this Link

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Our founder and current DEI/Strategic Alliances DAL Robert S. Smith, MS, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA (left) was able to connect with  Frank Ambriz (middle) and Elias Villarreal, Jr., DMSc, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA (right) at the PAEA conference after their talk “Admitting, Supporting and Graduating DACAmented PAs”. We look forward to supporting their mission and we would love to continue to engage and support other PA schools that are supporting our future Latinx PAs!

PALH at the AAPA Legislative and Advocacy Summit.

Legislative and Advocacy for all, let’s diminish healthcare inequity and improve access to all patients, especially underserved and minority communities. Our PALH Member Jennifer Mayer, DMSc, MPAS, PA-C (left), our PALH President Elect Paola Gonzalez, MPAS PA-C (middle) and our Executive Director Kent Prickett, MBA, CAE (right).

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For nearly 30 years, Physician Associates For Latino Health (PALH) has been an officially recognized caucus of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (Associates) (AAPA). The purpose of PALH is to render loyal and honest service to the medical profession and the public, to develop continuing medical or medically related education programs, and to promote the physician associate profession through the education of medical professionals and the general population. Furthermore, PALH strives to support the mission of the AAPA by increasing the diversity of the Academy. 

PALH is transitioning to use “physician associate” when possible, to reflect the 2021 AAPA House of Delegates resolution. PAs should continue to use “physician assistant” or “PA” as their official legal title in a professional capacity, particularly in clinical settings and with patients. For more information, please visit AAPA’s Title Change FAQs.

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