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Aetna Foundation Grant


Lin Klingbeil(ARNP), Chris Maleski, and Sandy Fitzgerald(RN)

The Barry University Physician Assistant Program received a $35,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation of Hartford, Connecticut in 2005. The grant helped sponsor the Barry University Cross-Cultural Primary Care Physician Assistant Training Project.  This Project was designed to provide Barry Physician Assistant students with clinical training experiences in remote, rural, medically underserved, ethnically diverse, and high risk population settings.

As a part of their training, students in Barry University’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program participated in service learning projects in the greater Miami area. They interacted with individuals from food co-operatives, domestic violence shelters, and senior centers.

During their first year of didactic training, PA students took courses on cultural competency, including Medical Spanish and Medical Creole, to understand cultural differences and nuances for health care delivery and communication with patients from diverse populations.

In their second year of training, consisting of eight 6 week clinical rotations, PA students rotated to remote settings ranging from medically underserved sites in the rural Florida Keys to underserved migrant health clinics on Florida’s Gulf-coast. 

About Aetna

As one of the nation’s leading providers of health care, dental, pharmacy, group life, disability, and long-term care benefits, Aetna puts information and helpful resources to work for its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care and protect their finances against health-related risks. Aetna provides easy access to cost-effective health care through a nationwide network of more than 684,000 health care professionals, including over 405,000 primary care and specialist doctors and 4,135 hospitals.
Aetna’s members include (approximate):

  • Approximately 14,435,000 medical members
  • Approximately 12,976,000 dental members
  • Approximately 9,117,000 pharmacy members
  • Approximately 13,662,000 group insurance

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