Seattle - (November 15, 2012) – Physician assistant (PA) educators from across the country attended the 2012 Physician Assistant Education Association’s (PAEA) Annual Forum in Seattle. A special feature of this year’s forum was a pre-conference session from November 6-7 that stimulated PA educators to view health in a new light.
Leesburg, Va. - (October 9, 2012) –The American Dental Association (ADA) announced its official endorsement of “Smiles for Life,” the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s national online oral health curriculum. Funded by the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health, the Smiles for Life curriculum was first released in 2005 and is now available in an interactive online 3rd edition.
New York University College of Nursing’s Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) initiative, in partnership with National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH), announces a call for proposals for the development of instructional resources to support interprofessional education and collaborative practice in oral-systemic health. This OHNEP program is made possible through the generous support from DentaQuest Foundation, Washington Dental Service Foundation, and Connecticut Health Foundation.
Since the early days of her career as a physician assistant in family practice, Cynthia Lord, MHS, PA-C, of Cheshire, Conn. has been driven by her passion for serving patients with the greatest need for care. Now, in her position as clinical associate professor at Quinnipiac University's PA program, Lord transfers her empathy for patients and her love of serving others in need to the next generation of PAs. The American Academy of Physician Assistants honored Lord with the 2012 Outstanding PA of the Year Award for her passionate support of PAs and their patients.
Ruth Ballweg, MPH, PA-C, is the 2012 recipient of AAPA's Eugene A. Stead Jr. Award of Achievement. She is being recognized by the American Academy of Physician Assistants for her commitment to advancing the PA profession both globally and domestically, and for her dedication to creating paths to the PA profession for military servicemen and women. Named for the founder of the PA profession, the Stead Award is given to an individual for a lifetime of work that has a broad and significant impact on the PA profession.
March 25, 2012— The National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH), a consortium of funders and health professionals dedicated to improving health through the eradication of dental disease, is pleased to announce that Anita Duhl Glicken, MSW, will join the organization as a consultant. She will be engaging new health professionals as partners in the Interprofessional Initiative, and increasing awareness about oral health and NIIOH’s work in interprofessional education, among other things.
Glicken will continue to provide facilitative leadership to the “PA Oral Health Initiative” which is aimed at engaging all physician assistant professional organizations in promoting oral health in primary care. Funded by the Interprofessional Initiative over three years, this effort is entering its important implementation phase.
Initiative activities are made possible as a result of funding from the
DentaQuest Foundation, the Washington Dental Service Foundation, the Connecticut Health Foundation, and the Reach Healthcare Foundation.