AAPA also strive to create progressive work environments for physician assistants. Developing and pursuing legal strategies to expand and protect the PA scope of practice thus achieving a more autonomous work environment. Also developing plans and solution to remove any workplace-imposed barriers to PA practice thus creating a positive working environment for PAs across the country.
Last but not least, AAPA’s goal is to foster AAPA organizational effectiveness and sustainability. Working to increase member participation, volunteer opportunities, advocacy, and employer initiatives along with financial sustainability of the organization. Thus harmonizing with the vision of the AAPA, “PAs transforming health through patient-centered,…show more content… Henry K Silver. MD, professor, and vice-chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC), established the first Physician Assistant program curriculum specializing on pediatrics/child specialist when there was an increased demand for pediatric health care providers. It was important to develop a program that will complement the skills and training of their pediatrician colleagues as well as develop a fast-paced program. Thus he developed a 36-month program curriculum focusing on providing high quality, comprehensive primary care to infants, children, and adolescents. In 1969, the legislature passed the Child Health Associate Act, which allowed non-physicians to practice medicine and provide the framework for the certification of an allied health care professional (Glicken et al). This law played an important role in further development of PA profession in the following years.
In 1968, the American Academy of Physician Assistants currently known as the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) was incorporated in North Carolina and William D Stanhope, PA-C was appointed as the first president. In 1971, the Comprehensive Health Manpower Training Act of 1971 (Public Law 92- 157) was established where the congress granted $4 million dollars for the establishment of the new PA educational programs in 1972 under the Health Manpower Educational Initiative Awards. It was also during the same time