Grant Programs

           Be the change you want to see            in your community

                     Apply for a health equity grant.

We believe health equity is the opportunity for everyone to reach optimal health. We support PAs and students in taking a leadership role in their response to health inequities by funding projects that reduce health disparities or increase health care access. 


Be the Change Grant:

(Funding available)

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Apply for up to $1,000 to Create Health Access Now for Greater Equity. This grant is intended to encourage and facilitate PA volunteerism and service-learning for the delivery of patient education and care. Certified PAs and PA students working with a PA faculty member at an accredited PA program may apply. Applications are reviewed as received until all funds are expended. View the RFP.


Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care:

(Check back for the 2018 funding cycle)


Kathy Pedersen, PA-C, has dedicated her career to promoting equitable health care for all. This annual grant program equips PAs with up to $5,000 for projects that strive to follow in those footsteps. The grant supports innovative, actionable strategies that directly and sustainably impact public health needs. Grant applicants are challenged to design programs that bridge known system gaps, advocate for the under served, or creatively develop resources for those in need. Certified PAs, PA organizations (educational programs and constituent organizations), and PA students may apply.

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

Healing Health Literacy at Two Urban Low-Income Clinics

2017 Grant Recipient

The nccPA Health Foundation selected the Marquette University PA Program as the recipient of this year’s Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care. The project, “Healing Health Literacy at Two Urban Low-Income Clinics,” proposes to increase health knowledge and self-efficacy among low-income or homeless adults in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Using a validated curriculum, PA faculty will provide instruction and counseling to patients on how to communicate about symptoms, diagnoses and treatment with a health care provider; how to interpret medical terminology and medical forms; and when to seek care at an emergency room. Additionally, the project will include Marquette PA students and the medical staff at both clinics by increasing their awareness of health literacy and providing them training on how to address low health literacy among their patients.

Texting for Mental Health: A Case Management Approach

2016 Grant Recipient

Cynthia Bunde, MPAS, PA-C, of the Pocatello Free Clinic was the inaugural grantee. Her unique Cynthia Bunde Photopilot program, Texting for Mental Health: A Case Management Approach, used texting as the foundation of case management for uninsured patients with mental health diagnoses. The PA-led program also utilized interdisciplinary partnerships including physician assistant, pharmacy, and social work students to deliver services in an underserved setting. Participants completed questionnaires regarding mood rating and perceived ability to manage their condition prior to and after completing a 12-week intervention. No-show rate was also evaluated. For all three indicators, participants showed a statistically significant improvement in factors related to mental health.


Read more about her efforts here.




Make a big impact in oral health care.

Apply for an oral health grant.

We believe PAs in all disciplines can help bridge the gap in health care by addressing the oral health needs of every patient. We offer two grants to equip PAs with knowledge and skills to expand the capacity of the oral health workforces. Our goal is to foster recognition of oral health as an essential part of overall health and ultimately to increase access and to reduce disparities. We encourage applicants to build new relationships with community stakeholders to reach the most vulnerable and underserved populations.


Community Outreach Grant:

(Funding available)

Apply for up to $500 to design and implement a PA-led project that advances oral health awareness, prevention and treatment. Certified PAs, PA faculty at accredited PA programs or PA students working with PA faculty may apply. View the RFP.


Research Integration Grant:

(Funding available)

Apply for up to $3,000 to integrate oral health into your PA program curriculum or clinical practice and evaluate your strategies. PA faculty at accredited PA programs and clinically-practicing PAs may apply. View the full RFP.

Grants are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are expended. These activities are part of the PA Leadership Initiative in Oral Health and were originally supported by the National Interprofessional Initiative in Oral Health (NIIOH) with funding from the DentaQuest Foundation and Arcora Foundation and are now fully funded by the nccPA Health Foundation.