I am honored to be serving as the KAPA President for the 2020-2021 term, and I look forward to continuing to work for the promotion of Kentucky PAs in this role.
I hope that you and your family are staying safe during this COVID-19 pandemic. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the frontline workers who are in the trenches battling this virus daily. KAPA will continue to do all it can to help support PAs through these times, so that we can continue to provide the best care possible to our patients.
Even though 2020 has brought major upheaval to the health-care industry, PA Legislation in Kentucky was able to be moved forward during the 2020 Legislative Session. HB 135 was signed in to law allowing for Physician Assistants to write for III-V Controlled Medications. This has been a goal for KAPA and many PAs for a long time, so I want to thank everyone for their participation in our legislative effort this past year. This was a major victory for KAPA and PAs in Kentucky, but we cannot allow our momentum to stop with this one victory as our ultimate goal is to be able to provide the best care to our patients and to achieve that we must be allowed to practice to the fullest extent of our license.
Our goals are attainable but cannot be accomplished without support from all PAs in Kentucky. KAPA has been very lucky to have a large amount of involvement from Pre-PA and PA Students, but we also need the involvement of practicing in PAs to further improve and promote our profession. We must all take ownership of our career and be advocates for the PA when speaking with 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. KAPA 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.
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!
Andrew Rutherford, PA-C
2020-2021 KAPA President