President's Welcome

What a time it is to be a PA!

My deepest gratitude goes out to the many PAs that are serving on the frontlines during this COVID-19 pandemic. The PA profession has clearly demonstrated it’s worth. Our versatility and flexibility has allowed us to pivot when we were needed the most. It isn’t lost on us, that conversely, many PAs have experienced furloughs and financial hardships as a result of this pandemic. At its earliest beginnings, the PA profession has always been about being part of the healthcare team. CAPA is here for you, and with you, as we all navigate these uncertain times.

CAPA will continue to advocate fiercely for the PA profession, and ensure that PAs are integrated into every aspect of California’s healthcare. Our presence in Sacramento is loud, as is our developing reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the delivery of healthcare. After the successes of SB 697, which modernized the PA Practice Act, CAPA is viewed positively for improving healthcare in the state and putting our patients first. CAPA will continue to develop relationships with the California Legislature. Our work isn’t close to being done.

There are many changes ahead. For the first time in its history, CAPA will be shifting to an entirely virtual Controlled Substances Education Course schedule, and virtual Annual Conference. It won’t be the same as all gathering in person, but we are committed to delivering a unique and beneficial continuing education virtual experience.

Never have I been more proud to be a PA, and feel fortunate to be a leader within CAPA. It’s a privilege to have such amazing colleagues and friends. Our profession has many exciting things ahead, and CAPA will continue to propel our profession forward.

Stay safe, and be well.

Brett Bergman, MPA, PA-C