UPAP Student Selected for PAEA Fellowship
Aug 17, 2021 10:05 AM
Health policy creates the healthcare environment, and good policy is essential for an effective health system. Creating and recognizing good health policy is complicated, however. To help physician assistants expand their knowledge of health policies and systems of advocacy, the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) supports a yearly Student Health Policy Fellowship program. This year, Utah Physician Assistant Program (UPAP) student Kenzi Bartz has been selected to the prestigious cohort.
Students in the fellowship learn from influential policy staffers, experts in physician assistant practice and education advocacy, and other advocacy stakeholders. They are also given the opportunity to directly meet with the offices of their elected representatives. The highly competitive fellowship only chooses 20 physician assistant students from across the United States each year.
Of the honor, Bartz said, "My peers and I learn in both the UPAP classroom and the clinic that healthcare is not equitable. I am excited to gain more tools from PAEA and the other fellows on how to further healthcare equity through policy change."Bartz is the first University of Utah student to receive the fellowship, and she will represent Utah’s excellence and scholarship to policy makers and the other cohort members. “Kenzi’s accomplishment demonstrates again our students’ commitment to our mission, vision and values,” says Darin Ryujin, associate professor in the program and director of Inclusion and Diversity for the program.