Spotlight On Service
Dr. Jill Mattingly, Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, was honored in July 2016 with the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) for her service to medically underserved communities. This is the second year in a row that she has been presented with this award at the annual summer conference in Destin, Florida.
Dr. Mattingly has worked tirelessly to bring medical care to indigent patients. She is a weekly volunteer at the Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett where she spearheaded the Mercer PA Program Thursday evening clinic. This weekly clinic allows PA students and program faculty to provide medical care to the uninsured or underinsured patients of Gwinnett.
Dr. Mattingly also participates each June in the South Georgia Farmworker Project in conjunction with the Emory University PA Program. For two weeks each summer, she leads approximately 30 Mercer PA students in field clinics that provide medical care to migrant farmworkers near Bainbridge and Valdosta, Georgia.
Dr. Mattingly also volunteers every other Saturday with the Clarkston Refugee Clinic. This free clinic provides medical services to refugees from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the African continent. She encourages students to volunteer alongside her and has developed unique clinical opportunities for students to enhance their cultural competency.
Dr. Mattingly has also served in international medical missions in rural Nicaragua and will be joining a medical mission team in Madagascar this October.