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Intend Health Program News: June Update

June 20, 2023
Intend Health Strategies Blog
Intend Health Program News: June Update

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

The UNC Physicians Network program recently completed four Relational Leadership sessions that have covered topics such as Psychological Safety, Story (of Self and One-to-Ones), Conflict Transformation, and Feedback. Between 26 and 30 participants have attended each session, including members of the Physicians Network team and their Shared Services partners. As the program progresses, ongoing evaluation will provide insights into the impact of Relational Leadership practices within intact teams.

RLI@Carolina Summer Cohort 2023 (2X2 Online Format): We successfully launched the program's first-ever summer session, and are delivering sessions online in a new, “2X2 format,” which consists of two consecutive eight-hour days, a week's break, and two additional consecutive eight-hour days. The format was designed to accommodate busy schedules and facilitate additional participation from those at the UNC School of Medicine, and we're thrilled to support our RL@Carolina colleagues in their pursuit of professional growth.

Cambia Health Foundation-Sponsored Summer Cohort: The first two sessions of our Relational Leadership with an Equity Lens cohort, sponsored by Cambia Health Foundation, were held, and we are grateful to the Washington Association for Community Health and the Idaho Primary Care Association for promoting the cohort to their member community health centers. Feedback from one participant encapsulated the positive experience:

"The group, presenters, and topics were fantastic, and I appreciate the time and dedication to teach us all!"

The RLCL Spring 2023 cohort, a partnership with OCHIN, concluded in May. Participants engaged in sessions on Relational Leadership, Positionality and Power, One-to-Ones, Story of Self, Collaborative Decision-Making, and Feedback. We are grateful to members of our national team and to local OCHIN facilitators and trainers for guiding this program.

Utah Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Executive Group: The fourth and final session of our RL series was completed in May. Participants explored the Dynamics of Teams and completed the 5 Dynamics assessment, which received high praise. We eagerly anticipate follow-up discussions and possible future collaborations with this group and their teams within the Utah hospital system. A big thank you to Kyle Turner and Jennifer O'Donohue for their outstanding training and program guidance!

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

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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

"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

“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

“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

“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

“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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"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

"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 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

“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

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