Minnesota Academy of Physicians Assistants Donates to Life House

A few of many items donated to Life House on behalf of the Minnesota Academy of Physicians Assistants. A few of many items donated to Life House on behalf of the Minnesota Academy of Physicians Assistants.  |  Photo: WDIO

Emily Ness
Updated: October 11, 2019 09:01 PM

The Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants celebrated ‘National PA Week’ with a large donation of items to Life House. From deodorant and toothpaste, to socks and underwear, to lotion and diapers, the Academy stressed the importance of taking care of the community’s basic needs.


“Healthcare is not just seeing patients in the clinic,” Heather Bidinger, President of the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants said. “To be holistic providers of care, it’s important that we give in all kinds of ways.”

The donation of products took place during day two of the Academy’s annual ‘Continuing Medical Education’ conference on Friday.

“I think we had a great outreach. I think that everyone has done a very nice job. We’ve had both donations and cash donations this year and it looks like we’re up to probably over a thousand dollars’ worth of donation items this time around which probably exceeds the goal that we usually get each year,” Bidinger said.

According to Bidinger, the Academy hosts two ‘Continuing Medical Education’ conferences per year—one in the Twin Cities and another that is usually held in Duluth. Each time, the Academy partners with a local organization to provide services and meet the needs of community members.

“I think that PA’s are really good at taking care of their patients, but we also like to extend that care to patient’s families and our community,” Bidinger said. “With winter coming up, these are all things that people need.”


Emily Ness

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