Issue Background

Public Health

In order to support the capacity of PA education to promote public health, federal policy must:

  1. Support clinical training opportunities for PA students,
  2. Facilitate innovative educational opportunities through the use of technology
  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
  • Authorizes new grants to support the development of telehealth curricula
  • Provides grants to stakeholders to support PA education research

PAEA supports federal incentives for clinical training opportunities, authorizing new funding to support telehealth curriculum development, and providing grants to organizations seeking to conduct PA education research.