Partnering with Academic Institutions to Increase PA Workfor

Partnering with Academic Institutions to Increase PA Workfor

Partnering with Academic Institutions to Increase PA Workforce

Wednesday, June 26th 2024
TIME:  11AM to 12PM 

Join this 60-minute webinar which highlights how health centers can partner with A.T. Still University to serve as clinical training sites for Physician Assistants (PA) while also supporting their ability to recruit new PAs. Participants will learn how the 24-month program with ATSU includes 35 weeks of supervised clinical practice experiences at a health center and how their partnership with Community Health Centers of the Central Coast and other CHC’s is producing a pipeline of culturally proficient providers to meet the community health care workforce needs.


  • Describe the partnership between the National Association of Community Health Centers and the ATSU Central Coast Physician Assistant (ATSU-CCPA) Program to develop a pipeline of culturally proficient community oriented primary care providers. 
  • Discuss the clinical training model employed by the ATSU-CCPA program that includes full-time rotations within a health center with a qualified preceptor in each of the following areas: Family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, women’s health, and behavioral health.
  • Describe how to establish clinical training and workforce partnerships with academic institutions from the perspective of both Community Health Centers of the Central Coast and ATSU.
  • Discuss the benefits to a CHC of incorporating PA training into the clinical workflow and to creating a recruiting pipeline to address workforce needs.


  • Eric L. Sauers; PhD; Dean and Professor; ATSU College for Healthy Communities
  • Brandy Brooks; EdD, PA-C, MHS; Associate Program Director and Interim Director of Clinical Education; ATSU Central Coast Physician Assistant Program
  • Hugo A. Bravo; DMSc, PA-C; Associate Medical Director, Family Medicine PA; Community Health Centers of the Central Coast

Registration fees for this webinar are generously covered thanks to one time supplemental funding from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U58CS06830 and title “State and Regional Primary Care Associations” for $4,398,941. [0% is funded by non-governmental sources.] This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. “


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6/26/2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Online Via Zoom

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