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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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Join the Lincoln School of Medical Services for a virtual information session on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 5:30pm ET about their PA School Program. Learn more and sign up for this informational session! The Lincoln Memorial University Tampa...

Clinician Perspectives for Better IDD Care February 2023 What is it? • Focus group discussions hosted by the ABC3 team on how to best motivate and prepare clinicians to serve people with IDD. Who is invited? • General clinicans with background...

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Advocacy in Action

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.

The 118th Congress is in full swing, and advocacy for the PA profession is off to a great start! Two priority bills for the PA profession were recently reintroduced into the new Congress:

Improving Access to Workers’ Compensation for Injured Federal Workers Act (S. 131/H.R. 618)
S. 131/H.R. 618 was reintroduced on January 31 by Reps. Tim Walberg (R-M) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). Currently, federal employees who are injured on the job cannot receive treatment provided and overseen by a PA when using federal workers compensation coverage. This long-outdated restriction unnecessarily limits federal workers’ access to quality medical care provided by PAs and may disrupt continuity of and timely access to care.

This legislation would modernize the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) to allow injured federal employees to receive care that is provided and overseen by PAs and NPs. The bill passed the House of Representatives on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in 2022 but did not clear the Senate before the close of the 117th Congress.

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Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act (S. 260/H.R. 704)
The Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act (S. 260/H.R. 704) was reintroduced on February 3 by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Darin LaHood (R-IL). The legislation will authorize PAs to certify the need for Medicare patients to obtain diabetic/therapeutic shoes.

Current Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations do not allow PAs to order diabetic shoes. For diabetic Medicare beneficiaries who receive care from a PA, S. 260/H.R. 704 will provide timely access to needed diabetic shoes.

All PAs are encouraged to  be advocates for the profession, and AAPA has numerous tools available for PAs and PA students who want to become involved in grassroots advocacy – go to AAPA’s Advocacy Central and click Grassroots. Additionally, you can help raise awareness of and support for our two priority bills introduced in the House and Senate by taking action on our advocacy alerts that have been created in AAPA’s Advocacy Action Center.

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Preferably through a direct call or email.

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About PALH

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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