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Intend Health Program News: December Update

December 15, 2022
Intend Health Strategies Blog
Intend Health Program News: December Update

Here is the latest news about Relational Leadership programming and partnerships:

Training With an Equity Lens: In November, we hosted Training With an Equity Lens, a two-hour workshop in partnership with Integrative Inquiry. Participants provided their questions regarding how to start conversations about issues around equity and they left with actionable insights and connections to help them explore the topic further beyond the workshop.

Other recent workshops include The Power of Story, a three-part series, and Building a Culture of Feedback.

Frontier Pediatrics: We had an opportunity to partner with Frontier Pediatrics, based in Twin Falls, Idaho, in October. We delivered a full-day Relational Leadership experience for senior leadership and members of their physician team. This was a new community to us and a wonderful opportunity to support an intact team. We are in the process of exploring a second, day-long workshop for their full team in January.

We're collaborating with the Harvard Center for Primary Care in their Medical Director Leadership Institute, a program that provides healthcare leaders with critical skills to thrive in their role, achieve organizational goals, and manage during times of uncertainty. We're excited to partner with them to incorporate RL content into the curriculum for their current cohort of participants.

PCP Student Action Network: Our student teams have been collaborating with their coaches and teams to work toward their project goals. Several project events have already occurred and we're excited to share more about this work in forthcoming blog posts. We look forward to convening as a larger group in January for our mid-year event to create more space for sharing and learning from one another.

NAPCRG Conference: We unveiled our brand-new exhibitor materials at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Jane Cooper-Driver, who staffed the booth, connected with new and old friends, some of whom have already registered for workshops!

December 2022 recap of recent Intend Health programs delivered to healthcare providers, students, and institutions across the country.

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“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

"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

"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

"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

“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.”

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“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

"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

"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

"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

“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

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