Frequently Asked Questions

What’s PCP’s geographic footprint?

PCP is a national nonprofit organization with programs and teams across the country – from Maine to Oregon, and Hawai’i to Florida.

How does PCP relate to other primary care groups and organizations?

We’re a national 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to strengthening the community at the heart of primary care. Founded in 2010, PCP is grounded in the belief that the future of healthcare depends on a vibrant primary care system. We support care teams, institutions, and the next generation of providers in developing the skills needed to navigate change and build a culture where they can thrive.

What makes PCP different?

A lot of similar organizations in primary care are working on care delivery initiatives and programs, which we applaud — and need. Our focus, however, is on developing the leadership and advocacy skills of those teams and individuals so that they’re better equipped to enact powerful, sustainable reform. We are also committed to building a network and community across the country who can support and learn from one another.

Will PCP give a lecture at my institution or organization?

We bring keynotes, workshops, and multi-session programs (trainings) to organizations across the country. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

When you talk about primary care, what professions do you include?

For us, interprofessionalism is essential to great primary care, and we have an expanded definition of what we mean when we say “primary care team” includes family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, dental, geriatrics and ob-gyn, nurses, nurse practitioners, PAs, pharmacists, behavioral health specialists like social workers and psychologists, PTs, OTs, community health workers and coaches, and the other people and professions who fulfill the general medical needs of patient populations.

Does PCP engage in direct political action?

As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, our tax status restricts us from lobbying for a specific legislative agenda or piece of legislation, and with (or with the intent to influence) individual legislators. But staying away from partisanship doesn’t mean we stay away from civic activism — because advocacy is at the heart of leadership. Our network regularly engages in nonpartisan community action that advances reform, champions health equity and social justice, and convenes diverse stakeholders to develop plans that address population needs and access to care. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

I’d love to get a message out to the PCP network. What’s the best way to do that?

Contact [email protected]. While we can’t disseminate all announcements, we try our best to great information out to the network.

About PCP Student Teams

How much does it cost to start a PCP team?

There are no upfront costs to starting a PCP Team, though it’s important to be mindful of the incidental costs of running any kind of group like meeting space, materials, and fees to host events. Ultimately, your primary investment in starting a PCP team is your time a precious commodity as a health professions student or faculty member – but we’re here to help!

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the resources, coaching and mentoring, and general support that PCP provides to its teams are provided free of charge. For some of our special projects, partner programs, and conferences — like the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative and our annual Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit — fees do apply. However, scholarships and support are often available.

What kind of resources can you provide to support teams?

From guides to get your team off the ground to toolkits to host an event, we have a wealth of resources to offer teams at every stage of development. And when it comes to promotion, don’t forget that you have an entire Marketing Department with the collateral, community, and counsel to help you spread the word and wow a crowd.

Can I get involved in PCP as an individual rather than a team?

While we look forward to engaging more students and professionals in our network, PCP teams operate best in a structure of between 3-8 interprofessional core members, as well as faculty advisors who support their work. If you are an individual interested in starting a PCP team and would like help thinking about how to engage others in your efforts, reach out to us at [email protected]

Do you work with undergraduate students?

As an organization that emphasizes the importance of interprofessional and intergenerational learning, we welcome teams that include undergraduate students. PCP teams must also have representation of graduate students and faculty advisors who support their work.

What is the process to become a PCP Team?

Our Team Starter Kit is a great resource to help healthcare students looking for guidance about how to create a team and join the PCP Action Network. Once recruitment of your core team and faculty advisor(s) is complete, and the group collectively determines its mission and which longitudinal project(s) the team plans to work on in the upcoming academic year, all current and prospective PCP teams must complete the annual PCP team application. Completion and submission of the application is required for each team that would like to be considered for active membership within the PCP’s Action Network. The application period for the 2020-2021 academic year is now closed.

Acceptance will act as an entry point of engagement for new and existing PCP Teams, Team Leaders, and Faculty Advisors in order to help PCP create an Action Network where all teams will be engaged in action-oriented, project-based Relational Leadership™ learning.

What does it mean to an active or affiliate PCP Team?

Active PCP Teams consist of an interprofessional leadership team of 3-8 graduate students and at least one Faculty Advisor, working on an action-oriented longitudinal project that supports their team’s mission and ongoing Relational Leadership™ learning. Active teams are expected to attend the Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit in August and engage with PCP National and its programming throughout the academic year. Benefits of active membership include:

  • An invitation and free Team Leader and Faculty Advisor registration for PCP’s invitation-only Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit
  • Opportunity to apply for up to $500 of annual financial support for team projects
  • Access to toolkits and trainings to enhance ongoing Relational Leadership™ learning
  • Personalized coaching and support from members of the PCP Leadership Pathway and the PCP National Team

Current PCP Teams that do not complete the PCP Team application process, and teams whose applications were not accepted for the upcoming academic year, will be moved to affiliate status. Affiliate status will last for the full academic year and does not include the benefits detailed above. However, it does provide affiliate teams the opportunity to remain in PCP’s Action Network and to continue to work together to promote primary care at their institution and in their community. It also enables access to our Toolkits that can help support and guide the work of a team. Any teams designated with an affiliate status and those who would like to become new members of the Action Network are encouraged to use this academic year to collectively refine their mission for executing an action-oriented, longitudinal project and to apply for active status in early 2021 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

How do I register for the Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit?

As of 2018, only Active PCP Teams will be invited to attend the Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit. Summit registration information will be sent with acceptance notifications for the 2020-2021 PCP Action Network. Accepted PCP Teams are expected to send as much representation from their teams as possible (including a minimum of 2-3 student leaders and 1 faculty advisor) to the Summit. Registration for the 2020 Summit will be shared with all Active PCP Teams when it becomes available.

Do I have to become a member of a PCP team in order to engage with Primary Care Progress?

Typically, an individual’s first experience with PCP occurs when they serve as a leader of their school’s team. Should students wish to continue their work with us after they graduate, the PCP Leadership Pathway provides opportunities for continued Relational Leadership™ development.

How will COVID-19 impact PCP’s Student Programs?

For the health and safety of everyone involved in PCP’s Student Action Network, we have decided to move the 2020 PCP Summit to an entirely virtual format this summer, but will continue with the launch of the 2020-2021 Student Action Network at that time. We intend to continue delivering our Relational Leadership trainings and personalized coaching during the upcoming academic year, and will strive to find new ways for teams to work together and be innovative.

What does this mean for the 2020 Student Summit?

The PCP Programs and Curriculum teams are working diligently to the Summit curriculum for a virtual Team Launch. We will be in touch with exact dates, registration information, and other important details in the coming months. We are also planning to offer a mid-year virtual Summit in January 2021, with a focus on team transitions and collaboration.

We know that the connections made and Team Launch are essential to the PCP Action Network and Relational Leadership experience. We will strive to maintain the community, connection, and camaraderie that have been so important to the success of the Summit and Student Action Network Program.

How do these changes impact my project-based work and partnership with PCP National?

We know that at this time, there is a lot of unpredictability about what the academic environment will be like in the Fall 2020 and what projects will be feasible. Because COVID-19 presents unique challenges and concerns in every community, the PCP Programs staff will monitor each situation closely and assess with each Team whether they are able to safely continue their projects. All of us at PCP are committed to find new ways for PCP’s Student Teams to safely work together, make an impact, and be better prepared to lead from where they stand.