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Emory PA student awarded PAF and Johnson & Johnson $25,000 Scholarship to Increase Workforce Diversity

AAPA - PA Foundation President and Emory PA program alumni Rick Kilgore, PhD, PA-C presented one of two PAF/Johnson & Johnson scholarships to first year Emory PA student Farida Ahmadi. This $25,000 scholarship is awarded annually to two PA students nationally after review of service prior to entering PA school.

Limited access to a health professional that is representative of a patient’s cultural or linguistic background is associated with worse health outcomes. According to the Center for American Progress, more than 84,000 lives could be saved annually if the healthcare disparity gap would be closed.

The PA Foundation (PAF) and Johnson & Johnson understand the impact disparities have on the health of the diverse populations served by the nation's healthcare professionals. In recognition of the importance of diversity in the student body and in the physician assistant workforce, PAF and Johnson & Johnson have created a way to help students, from minority groups who are underrepresented in the health professions, help their communities.

Johnson & Johnson will support $25,000 scholarships for underrepresented students to enter PA programs. The scholarships are meant to aid underrepresented students who are in financial need become physician assistants. The scholarships are aimed at increasing workforce diversity, while offsetting the rising cost of a PA program education.

The Physician Assistant Foundation's mission is to develop and allocate resources that empower the physician assistant profession to impact the health and wellness of the communities it serves. The PA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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