Celebrating World Health

The theme of this year’s World Health Day is “Building a Fairer, Healthier World for Everyone” and calls for the elimination of health inequities.

PAs have taken pride in the profession’s history to help bridge health gaps in communities, especially those in inner-city and rural communities. PAs and PA comparable practitioners across the world strive to bring the best quality health care to their patients and to lessen health disparities.

Below are some stories to watch or read to be inspired to make an impact in healthcare, be it either on the global level or local. You may also visit our International Timeline to see how the PA profession developed around the world.

Oral Histories:

Oren Berkowitz – Berkowitz talks about the fledgling PA profession in Israel and also the first Israeli PA conference.

Diane Bruessow – Bruessow shares how she helped her local community in one of her first outreach activities as a PA.

William Deák – Dr. Deák talks about how he helped to bring the NP and PA professions to Alaska.

IFPACS Student Group – The founder, officers, and members of the international student group IFPACS explain what the organization is, how it came about, and how you can join!

Jim Parle – Dr. Parle, Course Director of the University of Birmingham, England, Physician Associate Programme, talks about his role is the spread of PAs in the UK.

Arnold Ketchum and Nicolette McDermott-Ketchum – PA couple Arnold and Nicolette share how wanting to help their community drew them to the PA profession and their work with the Indian Health Service.

Don and Kathy Pedersen – PA couple Don and Kathy Pedersen share their international charity experiences as well as what drew them to the PA profession.


Physician Assistants the World Over: Alvin’s Story

Physician Associates in New Zealand: Past Present and Future [slide show, external link]

As Good as You Can: The PA Model Around the World

PA Groups:

Global Association of Clinical Officers and Physician Associates

International Academy of Physician Associate Educators

IFPACS – International Federation of Physician Assistant/Physician Associate and Clinical Officer/Clinical Associate/Comparable Students’ Association

New Zealand Physician Associate Society

PAs for Global Health