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Anti-Racism Statement

To our members and the Michigan Communities PAs serve; 


Due to recent events including the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA) acknowledges the existence and impact that institutional racism has on the black community. MAPA speaks out against it in all contexts. 


Institutional racism is not only a justice issue but also a public health crisis. As PAs, many of us work in communities where we deal with these health disparities head on in the care of our patients, family, and self. MAPA strives to stand against these injustices and to support our Black colleagues and patients along with all people of color. 


So what is MAPA doing about it? We are currently working on putting together a toolkit of resources for our members to utilize while looking to become more versed in the issue of racial justice, equity, and inclusion. We will continue to promote policies and legislation that will improve PA practice laws and reimbursement so that PAs can be better utilized in black communities, and we will soon be forming a Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce to evaluate what MAPA to do to serve both the black members of the PA community and the black patients we care for. 


If you have any feedback or ideas on how MAPA can better serve the Black members of our organization or the Michigan community please reach out to any of the executive committee members as listed below or mapa@michiganpa.org


Respectfully, 


Jodi Zych PA-C

President 


Ron Stavale, PA-C

President-Elect 


Karl Wagner, PA

Immediate Past President 


Julia Burkhardt, PA-C

Secretary 


Kate Schisler, PA-C

Treasurer


Thadd Gormas 

Executive Director


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