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Intend Health Program News: August Update

August 21, 2023
Intend Health Strategies Blog
Intend Health Program News: August Update

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

Cambia-Sponsored Programming: Funded by a generous grant from the Cambia Health Foundation, we completed a four-session summer cohort on Relational Leadership with an Equity Lens in June. Our appreciation goes to the Washington Association for Community Health and the Idaho Primary Care Association for promoting this cohort to their community health center members. and to our trainers, Stephanie Brown from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Kate Stitham from Integrative Inquiry.

Currently, we're underway with the third Cambia-sponsored cohort on Relational Practices in Quality Improvement, with the fourth and final session happening on August 23.

RLI @ Carolina Summer 2023 Cohort: Our inaugural summer cohort, with 30 participants, concluded in June. We innovated with a new format, delivering four days of content in two-day blocks, all online. This flexible design and summer schedule accommodated busy schedules and facilitated participation from those at the UNC School of Medicine. For the coming academic year, RLI @ Carolina plans in-person sessions but may continue online summer cohorts for those who cannot participate during the fall or spring semesters. Special thanks to Josh Hinson, director of Relational Leadership @ Carolina, for leading this cohort, and to the team of facilitators and trainers.

UNC Physicians Network: We completed a comprehensive two-month, five-session Relational Leadership program for UNC Physicians Network and their shared services partners in June. We extend our gratitude to Michael Wolcott, Christina Kelly, Hillary Szczerbinski, and Kyle Turner. Their excellent guidance fostered engaging in-person and online learning environments. With 26-30 participants, we're excited to evaluate the impact of Relational Leadership practices within intact teams.

The RLI@OHSU Spring 2023 Cohort wrapped up in June after ten weekly, in-person sessions. Programming was delivered in a new format and entirely in person for the first time since the pandemic. Participants provided positive feedback, indicating that the weekly, “semester-like” cadence was conducive for digesting, reflecting on, and retaining information. Thank you to Alexander Mansour and the dedicated OHSU (Oregon Health & Science University) facilitators and trainers for delivering an outstanding program.

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

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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

“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

“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 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

“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

“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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“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

“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

"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

"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

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