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LEGISLATIVE ALERT: OAPA Gives Opponent Testimony on SB 60

Senate Bill 60 seeks to create a new health care profession, License Certified Mental Health Assistant, that may negatively affect PA practice. Michell McDiffett, OAPA Vice President and a psychiatric PA-C, testified against the bill.

PA Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Roughly 24% of Ohioans experienced a mental illness in the past year. In addition, the number and rate of suicide deaths in Ohio has steadily increased in recent years, with an increase in rate of 22.3% from 2010 to 2021 according to data from Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (ODMHAS).

OAPA Can Help You Use Your CME Budget!

If you have professional development funds from your employer to spend by June 30, OAPA has several excellent options that help PAs fulfill their CME obligations while also supporting OAPA's mission to reduce barriers to PA practice.

Houston, Here We Come! OAPA Delegates to Represent Ohio PAs at the National Level

Before the AAPA conference begins this week, the 2024 AAPA House of Delegates (HOD) will convene to review and adopt proposed resolutions that impact AAPA governance and operations and the broader PA profession. OAPA is proud to have 9 members representing our organization in Houston in the HOD.

CME Webinar: Inpatient Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

June 11, 2024 from 7-8 p.m.

Join us as Erik M. Wasowski, Pharm.D. BCPS, reviews pharmacologic management of alcohol use disorder with emphasis on inpatient management.

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: OAPA Gives Interested Party Testimony on SB 196

Senate Bill 196 regarding global signature authority for APRNs had a 3rd hearing in the Senate Health Committee on May 8. OAPA President Matthew Freado gave interested party testimony, seeking the addition of PAs to this bill.

Celebrating 5 Years of Advocacy Success - Eliminating the PA Formulary

As OAPA avidly pursues our current legislative agenda, it is important to also take a step back and remember how far we've come! In 2024, the Ohio PA community is celebrating 5 years since the effective date of the PA Bill, also known as Senate Bill 259, which eliminated the PA formulary.

OAPA Launches New Career Center

The new OAPA Career Center, the premier resource to connect highly qualified PA talent with career opportunities, is now available! This tool will further OAPA's mission of providing resources for the personal and professional development of Ohio PAs.

On-Demand CME: COPD Pharmacology and Updates on Treatment

This one hour, on-demand CME program takes a deep dive into COPD Pharmacology and Updates on Treatment with Dr. Stephanie Zampino, PharmD, BCPS. The program includes a review of the pharmacotherapeutic options for COPD, approach for managing a patient with COPD, and important GOLD guideline updates.

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: OAPA Gives Proponent Testimony on PA Licensure Compact (SB 28)

Senate Bill 28, the Physician Assistant Licensure Compact bill, is moving through the Ohio House Health Provider Services Committee, and OAPA is there cheering it on! Find out how you can help...

On the Legislative Front

OAPA continues its quest to remove barriers to PA practice. Our current priorities for the State of Ohio are outlined on our Advocacy web page. If you haven't visited lately, take a look! Be sure to also follow along with our Latest News, which occasionally has relevant stories from the federal level, including a recent post about AAPA's Amicus Brief on the Mifepristone Case.

The OAPA Challenge Bowl is Back!

Saturday, March 16, 2024