Grant Programs

We believe health equity is the opportunity for everyone to reach optimal health. We support PAs and students in taking a leadership role in their response to health inequities by funding projects that reduce health disparities or increase health care access. 

Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care - Due Thursday, June 8, 2017

Kathy Pedersen, PA-C, has dedicated her career to promoting equitable health care for all. This annual grant program equips PAs with up to $5,000 for projects that strive to follow in those footsteps. The grant supports innovative, actionable strategies that directly and sustainably impact public health needs. Grant applicants are challenged to design programs that bridge known system gaps, advocate for the underserved, or creatively develop resources for those in need. Certified PAs, PA organizations (educational programs and constituent organizations), and PA students may apply. To be considered during the 2017 funding cycle, submit the completed application by June 8, 2017.

Kathy Pedersen Photo

Photo courtesy of the PA History Society

The Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care is administered and supported by the nccPA Health Foundation through a generous donation from Don and Kathy Pedersen.

The inaugural grantee was Cynthia Bunde, MPAS, PA-C, of the Pocatello Free Clinic. Her proposal Texting for Mental Health: A Case Management Approach in the Free Clinic Setting seeks to evaluate an innovative pilot program that uses text messaging as the basis for case management for uninsured patients with mental health diagnoses. Read more about her effort here.

Be the change you want to see in your community

Apply for a health equity grant.

Apply for up to $1,000 to Create Health Access Now for Greater Equity. This grant is intended to encourage and facilitate PA volunteerism and service-learning for the delivery of patient education and care. Certified PAs and PA students working with a PA faculty member at an accredited PA program may apply. Applications are reviewed as received until all funds are expended.

Make a big impact in oral health care.

Apply for an oral health grant.

We believe PAs in all disciplines can help bridge the gap in health care by addressing the oral health needs of every patient. We offer two grants to equip PAs with knowledge and skills to expand the capacity of the oral health workforces. Our goal is to foster recognition of oral health as an essential part of overall health and ultimately to increase access and to reduce disparities. We encourage applicants to build new relationships with community stakeholders to reach the most vulnerable and underserved populations.

Community Outreach Grant:

Apply for up to $500 to design and implement a PA-led project that advances oral health awareness, prevention and treatment. Certified PAs, PA faculty at accredited PA programs or PA students working with PA faculty may apply. View the RFP.


Research Integration Grant:

Apply for up to $3,000 to integrate oral health into your PA program curriculum or clinical practice and evaluate your strategies. PA faculty at accredited PA programs and clinically-practicing PAs may apply. View the full RFP.

Grants are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are expended. These activities are part of the PA Leadership Initiative in Oral Health and were originally supported by the National Interprofessional Initiative in Oral Health (NIIOH) with funding from the DentaQuest Foundation and Washington Dental Service Foundation.