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The next generation of health professionals has a critical role to play in transforming healthcare. That’s why we’re engaging them now.

Student Programs

Primary Care Progress Student Action Network

The next generation of health professionals has a critical role to play in transforming our primary care system. That’s why we’re engaging them now.

Our national Student Action Network (SAN) comprises interprofessional, student-led teams from up to 20 institutions.

With support from coaches and faculty advisors, students design and implement community-based projects. They also develop their Relational Leadership skills through quarterly workshops, ongoing coaching sessions, and large-scale community events.

While the name of our organization changed to Intend Health Strategies in 2022, the name of our student program remains unchanged, reflecting its origins in and continuing focus on primary care.


Students initiate a range of advocacy, educational, and direct service initiatives:

  • Promoting primary care: interprofessional collaborations, mentoring, patient/provider relationship-building.
  • Direct care: providing clinical services at community organizations.
  • Promoting interprofessional collaboration: integrated care team visits, mentorship programs, relationship-building events.
  • Health education: creating awareness and leading discussions on such topics as the opioid crisis, end-of-life issues, and healthcare disparities.

Benefits for Teams

  • Invitations to the Annual PCP Leadership Summit and other community events.
  • Online interactive workshops taught by our national trainers, on such topics as Identity, Collaborative Decision Making, and Conflict Transformation.
  • One or more team coaches (alums of the program), who provide ongoing support and expertise.
  • Resources and toolkits to reinforce learning and foster professional development.
  • Case consultations that provide the opportunity to network, collaborate, and troubleshoot with other teams across the country.

We currently have student teams at the following institutions:

  • Bryant University
  • California State University, East Bay
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School (Center for Primary Care Student Leadership Committee)
  • Kansas City University
  • Maine Student Team (includes University of New England, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Maine Medical Center)
  • Shenandoah University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Hawaii

The team application process occurs every spring. Check back for details and deadlines for the 2023-24 academic year.

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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 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

“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

"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

“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

"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

“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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“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

"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

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