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Primary Care Progress Becomes Intend Health Strategies

February 7, 2022
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Primary Care Progress Becomes Intend Health Strategies

We are excited to announce that Primary Care Progress has a new name. Effective February 2022, we are now Intend Health Strategies

Since its founding in 2010, Primary Care Progress has supported over 10,000 healthcare professionals, both those in practice and in training, helping them to build more Relational Leadership and teaming skills and to become better equipped to lead in a rapidly evolving healthcare environment. During that time, our partnerships have also expanded beyond primary care to include new partners in the wider healthcare ecosystem.

At the same time, our model of Relational Leadership has evolved to focus more deeply on the human dynamics of healthcare provision and on leveraging the untapped potential in healthcare teams. This is a pivotal moment for healthcare, one of crisis but also tremendous opportunity, and we believe that improving the quality of our connections and relationships is key to strengthening our healthcare infrastructure. 

Our new name reflects our deepening focus on human connection and relationships as foundational drivers of transformation. As Intend Health Strategies, we will continue to work with healthcare professionals, administrators, and trainees to bring a fresh perspective to leadership and teaming that matches the new realities of healthcare.

The mission of Intend Health Strategies is to catalyze meaningful change in the way we relate to each other within the healthcare ecosystem to improve the quality of interactions, outcomes, and lives of every individual. 

We seek to inspire those in the healthcare community to be more intentional about the quality of their interactions with peers, their team, and patients as the foundational first step towards transforming healthcare for the better.

We remain deeply committed to our core work and partnerships with primary care professionals across the country, and we will continue to offer our core programming in Relational Leadership, including signature programs, the PCP Student Action Network and the Relational Leadership Institute. At the same time, we look forward to engaging the broader healthcare community in this important work. Return to website homepage

We are excited to announce that Primary Care Progress has a new name. Effective February 2022, we are now Intend Health Strategies. 

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"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

“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

“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 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

“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

“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


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