Georgia Physician Assistants Strive To Educate Public during PA Month

Representing 2500 physician assistants across Georgia, the Georgia Association of Physicians Assistants is also a strong advocate of patient health literacy and has launched two public service campaigns during October. Downloadable radio public service announcements are available at

Online PR News – 05-October-2010 – – The Georgia Association of Physicians Assistants is celebrating National Physician Assistants Week October 6-12 with a host of activities that will extend throughout the month.

Representing 2500 PAs across Georgia, GAPA is also a strong advocate of patient health literacy and has launched two public service campaigns during October. One focuses on smoking cessation and the other provides ways to stay healthy during flu season.

“If your grandmother smoked and lived to be 90, she was lucky. For the vast majority of smokers, there is a much different outcome,” said Ben Taylor, PA-C, PhD. Taylor is the public information chair for the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants. “And no matter what time of year it is, the time is always right to guard yourself, as well as your loved ones, from feeling the wrath of the influenza virus.”

The announcements are posted in the “Patients” section at and radio PSAs on those subjects are also available for download from the “Press” section of the GAPA website. GAPA has also expanded its ongoing public awareness efforts by placing outdoor public service messages in Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Marietta, LaGrange and Savannah and airing announcements on 115 radio stations across the state.

There are also a number of PA Week activities planned at several of Georgia’s physician assistant schools. South University in Savannah will hold a bake sale, health screening, and PA appreciation day; rounding out the week’s activities with an alumni tailgate party and Bar-B-Q on October 9 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of South’s PA program.

PA students will be leading Mercer University in Atlanta in fundraising for and participation in two nationally recognized charitable organizations: “Be the Match” – National Bone Marrow Registry and the Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s disease. The National Bone Marrow Registry will be held on October 7 and the Memory Walk will take place October 9.

It is the mission of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants to promote high quality, cost-effective, accessible health care as part of a physician-directed PA/physician team in Georgia. To learn more health tips or how PAs make health care more affordable and accessible in Georgia, please visit and click on “Patients.” GAPA is celebrating 35 years of excellence in 2010, and joins 70,000 PAs across the country in recognizing National PA Day on October 6, 2010.