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The Doctor’s Perspective on Physician Assistants
Abby Jacobson, PA-C, Public Relations and Education Chair
On October 6, 2005 the PSPA public relations and education committee organized a presentation for Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) to come learn about the PA profession.
Philanthropic Project 2005: Reducing Domestic Violence
Colleen Reynolds, PA-C
In this new year your public relations team is organizing efforts for PAs to be leaders in an urgent health care campaign: reducing domestic violence.Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day

Colleen Reynolds, PA-C
This October 12th healthcare providers around the country will take part in an awareness-raising day for domestic violence. The PSPA public relations committee asks PAs like YOU to stand out in your practice and your neighborhood to bring light to this healthcare issue.A Physician Assistant Response To Domestic Violence
Carole Warshaw, M.D. and Anne L Ganley, PhD, with contributions by Patricia R Salber, M.D.
We as PAs have the opportunity to impact an enormous health care problem in America today. You may be surprised at the prevalence of domestic violence and from where it may be lurking in your practice. We are called to reduce injury and violence as outlined in Healthy People 2010.

Victim’s Preparation
Colleen Reynolds, PA-C
When the precise moment arrives for a victim of domestic abuse (and often her children) to leave the home, it must be expedient. The following are some suggested items to keep hidden and ready.

A New Twist on Father’s Day
Colleen Reynolds, PA-C
This June many dads, well-known and everyday, will show their support for a campaign developed in 2002 by the Family Violence Prevention Fund called Coaching Boys into Men. This worldwide movement is based on the fact that men can help shape young boys’ attitudes toward violence, especially toward women.

Coaching Boys into Men
Nancy Durborow, PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The boys in your life need your time and energy to grow into healthy young men. Boys are swamped with influences – from friends, the neighborhood, TV, the Internet, music and movies. They hear all kinds of messages about what it means to “be a man” – that they have to be tough and in control. These messages are harmful.

2004 PSPA Charity
The PSPA public relations committee is pleased to request your support for this year’s philanthropic effort in the 2004 host conference city, for the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, located three miles away from the Blair County Convention Center.

NRHA Calls For Pro-Rural Veterans Agenda
Today, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) calls for a national focus on improving access to care for our nation’s rural veteran population. The NRHA endorses federal efforts to allow rural veterans to access healthcare within their own local communities

The VA through the eyes of a Veteran PA
Captain Rick Emler, PA-C, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Lebanon Veterans Hospital
The Veteran’s Administration motto, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan,” was taken from Abraham Lincoln’s description of the government’s obligation to care for military veterans and their families, as spoken during his 2nd inaugural address on March 4, 1865. Nearly 135 years later, Lincoln’s promise continues to support our veterans, who number nearly 1.2 million in Pennsylvania alone.

A Memorial Day Service
Ira Joe Davis, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Published in PSPA News, Spring 2004
Most of us are familiar with the old adage, “old soldiers never die, they just fade away”. That saying is grossly untrue on two counts, and that is what I wish to comment upon for the next few minutes.

Lending a Helping Hand to the Roots of Our Profession
Colleen Reynolds, PAC, Published in PSPA News, Spring 2004
In keeping with PSPA’s tradition of philanthropy toward our host conference city, a special group of Americans has been spotlighted who have a common thread with our training as physician assistants. This year the PSPA will pay tribute to the men and women that have served our country in time of need, and in particular, those that require medical and support services in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Celebrate PA Day, October 6, 2004
Colleen Reynolds, PA-C, Public Relations & Education Committee
October 6 is a special day for the PA profession. On this day in 1967, the first physician assistants graduated from Duke University. Today, more than 46,000 PAs are providing essential medical and surgical services to people from all walks of life. Over 3,000 of them care for Pennsylvanians.

New BMI Screenings Begin This Fall
Colleen Reynolds, PAC, PANA Healthcare Leadership Team
This school year it is now mandatory by the Department of Health that public school students, commencing with elementary grades, will be receiving BMI screening in addition to the usual vision and hearing screening.

“A Sleeping Giant”
Colleen Reynolds, PA-C, PANA liaison, Published in PSPA News, Spring 2004
So is the commentary on childhood obesity from Representative Mario Civera in a recent press release appearing on Capitolwire. “This is a sleeping giant that once awakened, will shock Pennsylvanians,” Civera said. “It is alarming to hear testimony that today’s children will not outlive their parents because of obesity and its dangerous affects.”

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Student Activity

Caring Hearts
Katy Stayduhar, MMS, PA-C
The academic and clinical years of physician assistant education always prove to be challenging, demanding, and hectic; yet somehow physician assistant students manage to find the time, energy, and material resources to provide service to their neighbors, their community. The first year physician assistant students (Class of 2006) at De Sales University as well as the Class of 2005 at Gannon University once again proved that caring, compassionate hearts can and do find the time to help their neighbors.

Philadelphia area Physician Assistant programs hold 3rd annual “PA Olympics” for fellowship and charity
Kitty McClusky, MPH, PA-C
The 3rd Annual PA Olympics were held at Bamboo Gardens in Southampton, NJ on Saturday, May 21st. Physician Assistant Programs from Drexel University, Philadelphia University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine were represented.

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Physician Assistant Student Society Sends Care Packages to Troop
Published in the Spring 2004 PSPA News
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – To show their support and appreciation, members of the John Schroeder Physician Assistant Student Society (JSPASS) recently held drives at both the Lock Haven and Clearfield Branch campuses for supplies to send to troops serving in Iraq and Haiti. The students involved in JSPASS are members of the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Physician Assistant Class of 2005.

PSPA Hosts NE Regional Student Track and Challenge Bowl
The PSPA was proud to host the Northeast Regional Student Track and Challenge Bowl for the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) at the PSPA’s 28th Annual CME Conference in Philadelphia. This was the first year that a constituent chapter hosted this event since the PSPA and other constituent chapters in the Northeast Region decided not to hold an annual regional meeting for graduates. Since that decision was made 2 years ago, this event has been hosted by Quinnipiac University’s PA Program and Duquesne University’s PA Program. This was also the first year that the event was held in the Fall instead of the Spring as it had been in past years.