I am honored to again be serving as the KAPA President for the 2019-2020 term, and I look forward to continuing to work for the promotion of Kentucky PAs in this role.
I want to thank everyone again for their participation in our legislative effort for PA prescriptive authority of schedule medications during the 2019 General Assembly in Frankfort. Although HB 93 did not make it the House and Senate floor this year, it was not due to a lack of effort or support from Kentucky PAs and their supervising physicians. Unfortunately, the short session, unwavering opposition from key legislators and the worsening opioid epidemic in the state were key factors in stalling the progress of the bill. On a positive note, KAPA is already making plans for reintroducing the legislation during the 2020 session, this time armed with legislative support and a coalition of support from outside organizations.
Our goals are attainable but cannot be accomplished without support from all practicing PAs in Kentucky. We must all take ownership of our career and be advocates for our profession to our employers, co-workers, legislators, communities and patients.
Being an advocate does not mean you must invest additional time and effort outside of your professional and personal commitments, but if you feel called to be more involved your help would be greatly appreciated and your involvement could support KAPA’s efforts in multiple ways. Over the past few years, KAPA has invested money into crafting and driving legislation and much of our investment has paid off with new legislation that is PA friendly and ensures PAs remain a trusted provider in our state. If you are unable to support our efforts through time and talent, then any financial support would be greatly appreciated. The more funds available to KAPA, the more we can accomplish together. Please consider donating to our Advocacy Fund today.
Besides advocacy, KAPA also relies on its members and member volunteers to assist with various projects, from community outreach to public education and more. If you are a KAPA member interested in becoming more involved, please consider volunteering for one of the below committees by filling out our online volunteer form.
KAPA Committees (full description can be found on our website):
Additionally, don’t forget to remind your friends and colleagues to join KAPA, as we have a long list of membership benefits.
Thank you all again for your continued support and membership in the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants!
Laurie Garner, PhD, PA-C
2019-2020 KAPA President
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