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Intend Health Program News: February Update

February 9, 2023
Intend Health Strategies Blog
Intend Health Program News: February Update

We've had a busy couple of months! Here is the latest news about Relational Leadership programming and partnerships:

CareOregon Booster: We began the first of two in-person booster sessions for our CareOregon team, with a workshop on Positionality + Power. Participants enjoyed rich discussion and exploration, and we are looking forward to offering a second booster this year!

University of Utah Health Chief Medical Officer Executive Group: We are delivering a four-part series of one-hour Relational Leadership sessions to the Chief Medical Officer Executive Group at University of Utah Health. The series began in January and runs through April.  

Frontier Pediatrics: On January 10 we offered our second, full-day Relational Leadership experience for Frontier Pediatrics in Twin Falls, Idaho. We introduced the leadership team to the 5-Dynamics assessment in the morning and spent the afternoon supporting the full team by exploring Relational Leadership, Teaming + Tuckman’s, and Story of Self. We are so grateful to partner and learn with this group.

Primary Care Leadership Collaborative: Christina Kelly recently led two sessions for students within the AAFP’s Primary Care Leadership Collaborative (PCLC) on How to Hold a Convening and How to Engage Stakeholders. In partnership with Intend Health, PCLC is a two-year leadership program for medical students in family medicine, who design and take action on community projects.

RLI 2.0: Relational Next Steps: Our colleagues at the RELATE Lab at Oregon Health & Science University kicked off their RLI 2.0: Relational Next Steps program, which includes five 90-minute sessions during a ten-week period and a deep dive into new concepts, such as generous listening and Peter Block’s work, while building on core RL concepts for RLI 1.0. We are looking forward to learning from the 12 engaged participants, as we test this new format and content.

PCP-SAN Mid-year Event: We held an engaging event to celebrate the mid-point of our 2022-2023 Student Action Network program, with attendees representing six institutions. Student teams from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut provided project updates, and we revisited two core Relational Leadership concepts, One-to-ones and Story of Self. We are so grateful to our coaches, facilitators, and participants for co-creating a wonderful experience.

February 2023 recap of recent Intend Health programs delivered to healthcare providers, students, and institutions across the country.

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"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

“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

“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

"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

“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

“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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“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

"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

"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

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