The AAPA held its fourth Town Hall Meeting Live! at the New Orleans Fall Conference on September 24, 2018. Members who were not in attendance were invited to call in via GoToWebinar. Lauren Polli was the onsite moderator, and the panel of presenters consisted of Board of Trustees (BOT) Chair John Eckman, BOT CFO Jana Sovereign, BOT member Ryan Schniederjan, BOT Adjunct for the APATP Mary Dydo, BOT Adjunct for the ASCP Mike Sovocool, BOT Adjunct for the CoC Erika Paulsen, and MarComm Committee Chair Charlene Gettings. The topic for the final Town Hall of 2018 was Advocacy: How the AAPA advocates for our members and how YOU can advocate for yourself.
The presentation began with John pointing out that advocacy is one of the AAPA’s core values and then reviewing the historical timeline of advocacy milestones within the association’s history. Some of the association’s most recent accomplishments were highlighted including the revised Scope of Practice, the Grossing Guidelines, the Inspection Readiness Kit, and the AAPA PR exhibit booth travels. In addition, the benefits of advocacy in the area of professional outreach were discussed. Multiple examples were provided of AAPA fellow members serving as adjuncts or committee members for other associations including NAACLS, ASCP, CAP, AJCC, and the CoC.
When asked what the association has on the horizon for its advocacy efforts, Jana highlighted some future projects including a task force to examine the possibility of PAs expanding into forensics, the development of a credentialing kit, global humanitarian opportunities, and professional promotional videos. Next, the panel talked about how to advocate for yourself as a PA including community outreach, speaking opportunities, and promotion of Pathologists’ Assistant Day. The panel gave examples of tools available for advocacy and ways members could get more involved in advocacy.
Before opening the floor to questions, the Town Hall wrapped up with panel members giving personal examples of ways they have advocated for themselves, given students the tools to advocate for themselves, and promoted the profession.
We would love to hear from you on this subject! Please use this link to view the Town Hall replay, and continue the conversation on the new Advocacy forum on our website. Your input is very important to the AAPA.