Tuesday National Organization Roundtable Topics (By Invitation Only)
The Physician Assistant (PA) Leadership Initiative in Oral Health fosters partnerships between PA organizations and PA and interprofessional champions to build oral health workforce capacity. With more than 123,000 certified PAs and an estimated 8,000 graduates annually, the PA profession treats more than 8.5 million patients across all settings and specialties each week. This initiative’s collective impact change strategy drives and sustains educational and practice transformation through top-down and bottom-up efforts. The national PA organizations representing accreditation, education, certification, and professional practice as well as the national foundations have worked from the grass-tops down by raising awareness and equipping PAs to build capacity, competencies, and skills. Mutually-reinforcing activities have included CME tools for educators and clinicians; small grants programs for curriculum change and community outreach; videos, webinars, and podcasts; and clinical research, outcomes studies, and scholarship. Individual PAs and students have expanded the movement’s impact by leading bottom-up changes from the grass-roots in their practices and educational programs. The combined efforts yield a documented, growing recognition and capacity among PAs that oral health is essential to overall health, a source of disparities that can be positively impacted; and an exemplar for interprofessional learning and practice. This roundtable will discuss the PA profession’s efforts and benchmarks; its profession-neutral tools and resources to support the PA and healthcare workforce; and opportunities to continually put the mouth back in the body.