Issue Background

Public Health

In order to support the capacity of PA education to promote public health, federal policy needs to do three things:

  1. Support clinical training opportunities for PA students,
  2. Encourage innovative approaches to training in primary care
  3. Promote research on how best to train a workforce equipped to meet the nation's future health needs.

The Physician Assistant Education Public Health Initiatives Act, would address each of these goals. The Act:

  • Establishes incentives for the development of clinical training sites
  • Reauthorizes the Primary Care Training and Enhancement grant program
  • Provides grants to non-profit organizations for PA education research

PAEA supports federal incentives for clinical training site development, reauthorizing the Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) grant program through FY 2022, and providing grants to non-profit organizations seeking to conduct PA education research.