The Captain Sean Grimes Student Society of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS) Physician Assistant (PA) Program has received one of two national “Project-in-A-Box” Healthy Community Awards from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).
The AAPA recognizes two student societies annually from the 143 PA programs across the country for their service to the profession in implementing a “project in a box” that promotes healthy communities. The JCHS PA student society accepted the award for their adoption of Partners Assisting Local Schools (PALS) project at the 37th Annual National AAPA Conference, held May 22-28, 2009 in San Diego, CA.
The PALS project involved first-year PA students providing afterschool presentations on organ systems to encourage health literacy and scientific interest in local elementary school students. The goal was to help improve students’ standardized test science scores. As a result of this award, the JCHS PA Program received $500 for the student society and $500 to be presented to a charity of their choice in Roanoke. The PA students chose the Trust House, a partner agency of the United Way of the Roanoke Valley and an organization they have been working with for the past year.