October 05, 2007
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Students to focus on health literacy during National Physician Assistant Week

Oct. 6-12 is National Physician Assistant Week, and along with PAs across the country, the UNT Health Science Center’s PA students will be stressing health literacy – a patient’s ability to obtain and understand basic health information. Throughout the year, and especially next week, our PA students will be involved with a variety of projects to ensure the health needs of our community are met.

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, a Mayoral Proclamation announcing October 6-12 as PA Week in Fort Worth will be presented during the City Council Meeting.  The meeting is at 7pm at City Hall. PA faculty and students, and the Health Science Center family are invited to attend.

This year’s National PA Week marks the 40th anniversary of the PA profession. On Oct. 6, 1967, the first class of PAs graduated from Duke University in North Carolina. Find out more about National Physician Assistant Week at the American Academy of Physician Assistants Web site.

Our PA student’s health literacy projects:

- During PA Week, students will distribute information about the physician assistant profession at Tarrant County Public Health.

- Also during PA Week, students are planning a “Medicine Party” at the East Side Boys and Girls Club with games and activities to teach kids about health, exercise and nutrition.

- This past spring, students received a grant from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) to buy 100 health-related children’s books. PA students read and distributed the books to children and the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth and to other underserved children across the state.

- In May, the Physician Assistant Student Association gained national recognition for their creative approach to teaching kids about the risks of tobacco use. Their presentation won first prize in the AAPA’s Project in a Box competition in May. UNT HSC Logo

 

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