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APAC September NEWS 2023

Posted 9 months ago by Camille Dyer


The inaugural Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Advanced Practice Provider Summit conference in Orlando was a resounding success! Many thanks to the attendees and presenters for showing our partners and community that we are invested in learning and making a difference, by providing and delivering guideline-based cost-effective care. Barriers, social determinants of health, and lifestyle medicine were common threads in the talks that can affect every sub-specialty – and I am confident that PAs will be part of the solution.

We were thrilled to have AAPA president Dr. Ogunfiditimi attend (pictured top right with Past APAC Presidents Amy Simone, Viet Le, and myself) and help open the conference with the conversation about advocating for patients, our practice, and our profession. We hope you can join us next year! 

-APAC President Laura Ross, PA-C, AACC, CLS, DipACLM 
Also pictured: Kimberly Berggren, PA-C, APAC Electrophysiology Chair Co-Chair,
Kevin Niles, PA-C APAC Past President, Brian Rose, PA-C, MPH, AACC APAC Treasurer, Erin Pardee, PA-C APAC Electrophysiology Chair Co-Chair & Camille Dyer of the African Heritage PA Caucus (AHPAC) APAC Partner. 

Call for Committees

Do you specialize in Heart Failure, Electrophysiology, Vascular Medicine, or Preventive Cardiology? Do you have a specialty that is not currently represented on our leadership team? Do you want to actively contribute to the growth and development of APAC?

By bringing your expertise into a current committee or by forming a new committee, you can help us achieve excellence in advancing cardiovascular health and promoting cardiology practice, which is integral to our mission. 
Email Us If You Are Interested

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National PA Week is
October 6-12, 2023

APAC is excited to celebrate all PAs during National PA Week, October 6-12. You can help spread the word: PAs Go Beyond with helpful resources from the AAPA. 
How PAs Go Beyond Flyer
Facts About PAs
With the PAs Go Beyond resource guide you can also download and share social media posts to amplify the message. And be sure to use #PAsGoBeyond
PA Week Resources
Do you know a PA who goes beyond? Since going beyond is natural to PAs, AAPA knows many stories of PAs who do so, and we’d love to hear them. Please spend a few minutes sharing your story with us! And please ask any family members, friends, or even your own patients to do the same.
Tell Your PA Story

World Heart Day is September 29th

The World Heart Federation utilizes World Heart Day on September 29th as a global celebration of the heart, with the goal to stop the world's biggest killer: Cardiovascular disease (CVD). 
Learn More & Get Involved
Do your patients “fib” a little or a lot? September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month - check out this great patient education resource from the American College of Cardiology at CardioSmart

PAD News

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In observance of National PAD Month, we hope to make this an important month to kick off an increased awareness of PAD testing.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a leading - and preventable - cause of death in the United States. If affects nearly 20 million Americans, and 200,000 of them - disproportionately from minority communities - suffer avoidable amputations every year. 

PAD is the worst form of CLI and more awareness in all of our communities will help us meet our mission of "ending amputations and death due to CLI." 

In the next five years, one in four of your patients with Peripheral Artery Disease will suffer a heart attack, stroke, amputation, or death.

You can change this outcome with the latest prevention, detection, and treatment strategies.

- Robert R. Ross, PA-C
APAC Co-Chairman of the PAD Committee
PAD Awareness Month Resources: 
Clot Wise Education Program
Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM)
PAD Toolkit for CLI Global Society Members
Triad Diagnostics
In The Next 5 Years Article- PAD Coalition
 The American College of Cardiology offers more info at Peripheral Artery Disease: Optimizing Treatment Strategies, to help providers identify signs and symptoms of PAD, develop treatment plans, and better understand the prevalence of PAD.

Additionally, Cardio Smart's PAD Condition Center provides tools and resources to share with patients so that they can better understand their condition and facilitate shared decision-making conversations between patients and providers.

APAC is a proud Cosponsor of  H.R. 4261, the Amputation Reduction and Compassion (ARC) Act

To address PAD, Congressman Payne, Jr. has introduced the Amputation Reduction and Compassion (ARC) Act of 2023, which would:
  • Create a peripheral artery disease (PAD) education program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • Establish coverage for PAD screening of at-risk beneficiaries under Medicare and Medicaid. 
  • Require the HHS Secretary to consult with organizations to establish standards for PAD screening tests.
  • Develop a voluntary pilot program to support nontraumatic, lower-limb, major amputation prevention, including through patient risk modification and management, early screening and detection, surveillance, testing, and treatment for PAD.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Elsie at
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Our very own Robert R. Ross, PA-C (APAC Co-Chairman of the PAD Committee) is speaking at MAPA this year. Bob's session, titled 'Understanding the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) Workshop', will be on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 1-3 PM 
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Virtual & Hybrid Breast Cancer Run/Walk 4Life

Please Join the Team:
Physician Assistants/Associates Lending Support (PALS)

Join Sister2Sister (S2S) on their 18th Annual Virtual/Hybrid Breast Cancer Run/Walk 4Life, on Saturday, October 7th, 2023 (During PA Week). Sister2Sister is excited to offer a Virtual/Hybrid Run/Walk that you can join from anywhere, regardless of age, treatment status, or physical ability. Survivors, participants, and supporters from all walks of life are invited to run or walk at your own pace.  A Virtual Run/Walk matches one of our goals to reach people nationally.

Camille Dyer from the African Heritage PA Caucus (AHPAC) has created a team just for PAs. Help us be the top fundraising team with the most team members. 
Join the PALS Team Here

Featured APAC Sponsors:

APAC gratefully acknowledges the support and sponsorship provided by the following organizations: