The AKAPA would like to congratulate the MEDEX Northwest Anchorage site for being a PA Foundation IMPACT Grant Recipient!
Kari Bernard, PA-C, Alaska Health Fair Inc.
Grant Amount: $2,500
Project Name: Hosting a Health Fair for a Homeless Population in Alaska
Project Description:The University of Washington PA students chosen to matriculate into the Anchorage class each have a strong connection to the state of Alaska, and most have plans to remain in state to practice. Built into the didactic curriculum is exposure to underserved Alaskan populations, most notably those without adequate housing who are at great risk for poor health outcomes. Every winter, the didactic class partners with Brother Francis Shelter and Alaska Health Fair Inc to host a health fair for the homeless. PA students provide education aimed at maintaining health on the streets. A hematology and chemistry lab panel is also drawn on fair participants and when the results are back, volunteers at the shelter-based clinic help patients interpret the results and assist with referral to providers as needed.
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