Heads Up: 6 Things You Should Know This Week

1.  Calling All Forum Proposals

Do you have some useful expertise that you would like to share with fellow Forum attendees? If so, you can now submit your presentation proposal for this year’s Education Forum in Washington, D.C. All proposals must be submitted online by June 1st at 3:00 p.m. ET. Please be sure to read the guidelines carefully before submitting your presentation proposal.

 2.  Special Theme for National Minority Health Month

April, designated as National Minority Health Month, is a time to raise public awareness about health care disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. This year’s theme is “30 Years of Advancing Health Equity: The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America.” It is in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health, often referred to as the “Heckler Report.” This 1985 landmark report brought national attention to the issue of minority health and set the stage for increasing efforts to end health disparities.

 3.  History of the PA Profession in a Nutshell

Timeline Screen Shot
The March/April issue of Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge features a condensed but detailed version of the PA History Society’s timeline running along the bottom of the journal’s pages. “The Evolution of Physician Assistants” covers the path of the PA profession, including the precursors leading up to its inception. Starting back in 1798, the timeline contains highlights and images of significant events and milestones through the years up until 2013.

4.  Basic Faculty Skills PandoTM Workshop Heads West

Registration is now open for the Basic Faculty Skills Pando Workshop to be held this summer in the beautiful Northwest. Join us June 24-26 in Tacoma, Washington, to learn everything you need to know about being an effective PA educator. Hurry and register before April 30 to receive the early bird discount.

 5.  $12 Million in HCOP Grants Available — PA Programs Eligible

Applications are now being accepted for the FY2015 Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). The HCOP program is designed to clear the path for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend health professions schools by helping them develop the necessary skills. Successful applicants will develop and implement academic and social support activities as well as data systems to measure student improvements. See the grants notice for details.

6.  Deadline Extended for Paul Ambrose Public Health Scholarship

Applications for the 2015 Paul Ambrose Scholars Program will now be accepted until Tuesday, April 7, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The program, sponsored by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, brings selected health professions students to Washington, D.C., for a 3-day Student Leadership Symposium, focused on prevention and population health. The scholars also receive funding to implement a project within their individual community.