Helping Healthcare
Professionals Thrive

Strategies to improve engagement, collaboration, and connection in a new era of healthcare.

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About Us

Our Approach
and its Value

We help healthcare clinicians, teams, and institutions activate the untapped potential of human connection. Our workshops and programs are grounded in Relational Leadership, a practical approach to working better together that prioritizes the quality of our relationships as a driving force of better healthcare and better health.

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What makes relational leadership uniquely valuable

Developed by, led by, and expressly for healthcare professionals.

Focused on practical application, with actionable tools and strategies.

Centered on human dynamics as the most powerful driver of lasting transformation.

Designed to help navigate the complexities of healthcare today.

Developed by, led by, and expressly for healthcare professionals.

Developed by, led by, and expressly for healthcare professionals.

Focused on practical application, with actionable tools and strategies.

Focused on practical application, with actionable tools and strategies.

Designed to help navigate the complexities of healthcare today.

Designed to help navigate the complexities of healthcare today.

Centered on human dynamics as the most powerful driver of lasting transformation.

Centered on human dynamics as the most powerful driver of lasting transformation.

Events

Register for upcoming events

Intend Health offers a wide range of highly interactive workshops tailored to meet your personal and professional development needs. We offer individual participants access to virtual workshops.

Dec
01
Next event

The Power of Story

Learn and develop skills to benefit patients and colleagues while strengthening relationships and inspiring action.

Price:

$195

Free

Dec
13
Next event

Building a Culture of Feedback

Learn how to frame and deliver feedback in a way that strengthens relationships and inspires change in this 90-minute workshop.

Price:

$25

Free

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Knowledge Center

Insights and Resources

Articles
Our Ideas & Impact
In STAT, Intend Health’s Sarah Smithson reflects on the National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being and the critical role of relationships in influencing system-level change.
Our Ideas & Impact
Articles
We must use the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic to inform a new model of primary care that is based on relationships, write Kari Mader, Sarah Smithson, and Matt Lewis.
Blog Post
Learn how Relational Leadership impacted one health leader and inspired her to bring it to OCHIN's community health leaders across the country.
Testimonials

Our Direct Impact

"Thank you for inspiring a generation of future docs to become primary care physicians. I definitely felt like I had a community during medical school."

Shani Truong

Family Medicine Resident, UC Davis San Joaquin General Hospital

“I participated in RLI [the Relational Leadership Institute]... and my world has not been the same since. The community that I’ve gained at RLI has been extraordinary. Being part of RLI means being connected to a diverse, interdisciplinary community that breaks down the walls that are typical in academic medicine.”

Katie Gradick, MD, MHS

University of Utah

“Relational skills are particularly important right now because they’re rooted in people, with the fundamental assumption that we are good and have common values. If I can approach with unconditional positive regard and build in psychological safety, who knows what we can accomplish, despite the chaos around us.”

Lexy Kliewer, LCSW

Oregon Health and Science University

“Relational Leadership is what keeps me going. When I feel overwhelmed, stressed, down, I turn to members of the Relational Leadership community for support and resilience. We genuinely care about each other. We put ‘people first,’ truly, in our work together.”

Sarah Smithson, MD, MPH

Assistant Dean for Clinical Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

"This year, there's been so much change with COVID, with work, with everything. But I feel like the PCP Student Action Network has been that constant that I could always just count on. And my favorite part is that no matter how stressful work was, no matter how stressful the year was, whenever it came time for a PCP call or any PCP anything, it's always something that I look forward to."

Student Action Network Coach

“A big impact that Intend Health has on me is it makes me more humble, kinder, more intuitive, a better listener, and I’ve been able to teach the skills I’ve learned to others. All of this makes me a better team member, and I think that that's integral to what Intend Health teaches — we need high functioning teams to provide the best care.”

Student Action Network Participant

"The leadership skills, relationships, and perspective I have gained through my involvement in Intend Health have shaped the clinician, educator, and leader I am today."

Kyle Turner, PharmD

University of Utah

“So far, my experience in this Relational Leadership course has been THE highlight of my leadership journey. This program exceeded my expectations. I have been sharing the content with my colleagues who are also inspired by it. Thank you for making the world a better place one Relational Leadership course at a time.”

Relational Leadership for Clinician Leadership Program Participant

OCHIN

"I think the collaborative work that Intend Health does to recruit bright, energized, resilient, diverse, and compassionate primary care physicians all over the country will be even more impactful. Intend Health's efforts will be a big part of the solution to mend our ailing primary care infrastructure in the coming years."

Peter Meyers, MD, MPH

Family Physician, Minnesota Community Care

"In a healthcare system fraught with silos and computer screens, we need the human voice — a personal connection — now more than ever. That's the work of Intend Health."

Matt Lewis, PhD

Strategic Consultant

"I have employed and used so much of my Relational Leadership experience and training from Intend Health to work."

Krisda Chaiyachati, MD, MPH, MSHP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

“Over 100 members of the UNC community have participated in our Relational Leadership Institutes… one word stands out for me in our evaluations — regardless of whether cohorts met in person or via Zoom — and that word is transformative."

Josh Hinson, MSW, LCSW

Assistant Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work