Strengthening the community at the heart of care

Founded in 2010, Primary Care Progress is a national organization committed to strengthening the people at the heart of care through leadership development and community building.

Growing out of a grassroots primary care revitalization effort launched at Harvard Medical School, PCP has transformed over the years from an alliance of medical school-based teams promoting primary care, into a national movement a powerful learning collaborative of current and future healthcare professionals from across disciplines and career stages.

So whether you’re an executive leadership team navigating change, a clinician implementing new team-based models, or a health system catalyzing action on community health, we’re here to help you and your teams thrive.

The History of Primary Care Progress

Take a look at some of the moments, people, and initiatives that bring our mission to life: to strengthen the community at the heart of primary care.

PCP Founded at Harvard Medical School

March 2010
PCP Founded at Harvard Medical School

In response to Harvard Medical School’s effort to close the Primary Care department, students and faculty come together to reject the proposal and form a primary care advocacy group. Within just a few years, Primary Care Progress expands to campuses across the country.

Affordable Care Act Becomes Law

March 2010

With significant implications for primary care, the Affordable Care Act passes, setting in motion comprehensive health insurance reforms and reducing the total number of uninsured Americans by an estimated 20 million. The need for primary care couldn’t be more clear.

PCP Goes Digital

January 2011
PCP Goes Digital

Our first Progress Notes blog post – an interview with public narrative guru Marshall Ganz – is published.

PCP Hosts First Leadership Summit

August 2011
PCP Hosts First Leadership Summit

With a goal to bring together the growing network of primary care champions nationwide, PCP holds the first Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit in Boston.

PCP Expands to Include First Pharmacist

January 2012
PCP Expands to Include First Pharmacist

The Interprofessional PCP National Training Team grows to 5 members with our first pharmacist. This Training Team goes on to model the importance of interprofessionalism through Relational Leadership™ with members from a variety of fields, including Public Health, Nurse Practitioner, Health Administration, and more.

PCP Establishes 25 Teams Nationwide

January 2013
PCP Establishes 25 Teams Nationwide

PCP launches our 25th student-led Team at the University of Connecticut.

Student Hotspotting Supports High-Utilizing Patients

December 2014
Student Hotspotting Supports High-Utilizing Patients

Partnering with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Student Hotspotting gives interprofessional student teams from across the country the opportunity to spend six months working with high-utilizing patients in their communities – and gaining the leadership and advocacy training to be successful. 

PCP Colorado Opens DAWN Free Clinic

March 2015
PCP Colorado Opens DAWN Free Clinic

PCP’s team at the University of Colorado becomes the first institution to open a student-run free clinic, DAWN (Dedicated to Aurora’s Wellness and Needs), in the PCP network.

National Survey Exposes Gravity of Primary Care Shortage

April 2016
National Survey Exposes Gravity of Primary Care Shortage

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) releases a report projecting a shortage of primary care physicians of between 15,000-35,000 by 2025.

PCP Offers New Relational Leadership™ Offerings to Practitioners

April 2016
PCP Offers New Relational Leadership™ Offerings to Practitioners

PCP begins offering a number of leadership development and teaming workshops to healthcare organizations, bringing Relational Leadership™ to Wellmed, Kaiser, Maine Medical, and many more. If you’d like to bring Relational Leadership™ to your team, contact us.

Catalyst Project Drives Community Health Conversations

August 2016
Catalyst Project Drives Community Health Conversations

A partnership between PCP and the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, the Catalyst Project supports interprofessional teams as they spearhead powerful conversations about how to align innovations in care with the health needs of their communities.

Andrew Morris-Singer Calls for Patient-Provider Unity at the Aspen Ideas Festival

June 2017
Andrew Morris-Singer Calls for Patient-Provider Unity at the Aspen Ideas Festival

Calling on patients and providers to forge a new relationship, Dr. Morris-Singer joins activist Ai-Jen Poo, TED winner Raj Panjabi, and healthcare visionary Prabhjot Singh on a panel about the changing healthcare workforce.

Relational Leadership Institute Launches at OHSU

October 2017
Relational Leadership Institute Launches at OHSU

The Relational Leadership Institute launches at Oregon Health and Science University, bringing the four Relational Leadership™ competencies to an interprofessional, intergenerational cohort over three months.

Relational Rounds Podcast Hits the Airwaves

February 2018
Relational Rounds Podcast Hits the Airwaves

Featuring conversations with leading minds and powerful disruptors on some of the most pressing issues facing primary care and healthcare transformation, Relational Rounds provides inspiration, insight, and a little provocation that advances our mission to strengthen the community at the heart of care. Listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher. 

Contact me to join the movement.

Elizabeth

Director of Communications and Development

elizabeth.metraux@primarycareprogress.org