Kathy J. Pedersen Grant

to promote equitable care

Promoting innovative, actionable strategies that directly and sustainably impact documented health care disparities while fostering equitable care and social accountability

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Kathy J. Pedersen GranT to

Promote Equitable Care

Kathy J. Pedersen, MPAS, PA-C, has dedicated her career to promoting equitable health care for all. Her legacy includes an annual, competitive grant to equip PAs with up to $5,000 for projects that strive to follow in her footsteps.

Grantees display a commitment to equitable care built on innovative, actionable strategies to sustainably improve public health needs. Applicants are challenged to design programs that bring equitable care into the mainstream, bridge system gaps, foster cultural humility, advocate for the underserved, or otherwise develop resources for those in need.

Cycle Guidelines

Board Certified PAs, PA students, and PA organizations (accredited educational programs and constituent organizations) may apply. Funds are disbursed to the organization supporting the program, and projects must be completed within 18 months of funding. Grant recipients are selected after a competitive evaluation.

The 2024 application cycle is open, and two grants will be available for this cycle.  Completed applications must be received in their entirety by Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time to be considered.

Not sure where to get started?  Watch our online Grant Q&A recorded on April 16th to hear more about the grant and the answers provided to prospective applicant’s questions.

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

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Kathy J. Pedersen, MPAS, PA-C, has committed years of service to the ongoing goal of promoting equitable care around the globe. Her contributions include academic and clinical work, national presentations and PA organization volunteerism, international outreach, and ongoing advocacy for the underserved. Through these charitable efforts, Ms. Pedersen has had an instrumental role in raising visibility of the PA profession and helping PA teams reduce health disparities as part of her mission of social accountability.

Learn more about Kathy’s advocacy by visiting the PA History Society website.

A public health legacy

Due to Kathy’s ongoing efforts to support social accountability and outreach in the PA and health professions, the nccPA Health Foundation is proud to offer funding opportunities that promote her legacy of public health. Learn more on how to do your part in bridging the gap to get care and resources to those who need it most.

Grant Recipients

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Check out the innovative strategies that previous Kathy J. Pedersen Grantees to Promote Equitable Care have applied to improve population health.

Grant Writing Tips

Grant proposals are often made successful by the enthusiasm and passion you demonstrate for your project. The nccPA Health Foundation offers Certified PAs and PA students dedicated support for grant writing. Our formative process provides guidance, structure, and ongoing feedback for applicants interested in developing their grant writing skills. Through this instruction, we aim to give PAs confidence in their ability to secure new funding and create unforgettable proposals for their projects. Download tips for getting started with your proposal.

Lead the change

Do you have a project idea set to directly impact public health and equitable care? Download our application guidelines to learn how you can get started with our Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care.