Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistances

From the President

Kelly Joy, MSPAS, PA-CFellow members it was my honor to serve as KAPA President for the 2021-2022 term and I look forward to continuing my service into 2023.

As we all know recent years have brought significant crisis and uncertainty to US health care. The challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the drastic changes to reproductive rights in our country have applied intense pressure to our health care systems and providers. Amidst the chaos of our current climate, however, Kentucky PAs still rise dutifully to provide the best possible patient care with mindfulness of marginalized communities that have become even more vulnerable.

Through it all KAPA continues to support Kentucky PAs. We have increased education access by expanding our fall symposium, adding a spring symposium specifically designed for those interested in pursuing DEA prescribing privileges, and developing our online CME library. Additionally, we have augmented organizational revenue through education, new membership, and sponsorship. We have increased student involvement by revitalizing our student committee, encouraging student leadership, and facilitating their creation of this year’s newsletters. We continue to optimize our legislative efforts to support the PA profession in Kentucky, explore opportunities for community outreach, and improve communication with our health care partners.

Our goals are indeed attainable and KAPA membership has been key to our success. There are many ways for you to be involved with KAPA and support the expansion of the PA profession in Kentucky. If you are a KAPA member and are interested in becoming more involved, please consider volunteering for one of the following committees by filling out our online volunteer form:

  • Government Affairs
  • Elections, Bylaws, and Nominations
  • Fall CME Committee
  • Spring CME Committee
  • Public Education

Thank you for your continued support and membership. I wish you all the best.

Sincerely, Kelly Joy, MS, MSPAS, PA-C