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NAPA President’s Message

Dear Members and Colleagues,

I am honored and privileged to assume the role of President of Naval Association of Physician Assistants for the coming year (2021-2022). I appreciate the confidence that the Board of Directors and membership have shown in my ability to lead this organization and specifically want to thank LCDR Veronica Gomez for her leadership over the past year.

As LCDR Gomez stated last year, “NAPA is a collaboration of actions from past and current Presidents, Board of Directors, Representatives, and the general membership. The PA profession is teamwork, as is NAPA. It is a privilege to be part of the NAPA leadership team, but it is the partnerships coupled with this institution that propel the PA profession forward.”

In 2020-2021, NAPA expanded as an organization despite working through one of the most socially economic challenged years in modern history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NAPA crushed key initiatives like increasing membership numbers, adding social media accounts, and successfully hosting the first ever virtual NAPA Symposium. The organization’s success is no surprise as U.S. Navy PAs always rise to a challenge.

Focusing on the year ahead, I would like for us to continue to excel in our current initiatives to expand membership and increase professional advocacy. In addition, NAPA will serve as an advocate for members as the profession undergoes significant reform on two major fronts: rebranding of the profession title to Physician Associate through AAPA and the MHS transformation and focus on operational medicine through Defense Health Agency. We will prioritize mentorship, career development, and CME opportunities through this phase of transition.

Working together, I know we have a bright future ahead.

 

Very Respectfully,
LCDR Brittany A. Hout DHSc, PA-C
2021-2022 NAPA President

 

 

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