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?

Our mission is to strengthen the community at the heart of care – that means all of the great people and organizations working to advance primary care. We often partner with aligned organizations on projects, share resources, co-host events, and cross-promote our efforts.

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 the leadership skills and training of those teams and individuals so that they’re better equipped to enact powerful, sustainable reform.

Will PCP give a lecture at my institution or organization?

We bring keynotes, workshops, and trainings to organizations across the country. Contact leadership@primarycareprogress.org to learn more.

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

For us, interprofessionalism is essential to great primary care, and the primary care team includes family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, 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 – indeed, 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 media@primarycareprogress.org to learn more.

How is PCP engaging patients in our work?

We’re engaging patients in two ways.

First, through our Relational Leadership™ model, we’re cultivating skills among healthcare providers to ensure that teams are working collaboratively and effectively to provide the best, most comprehensive care to patients – the most important individuals on the care team. So whether it’s supporting hotspotting efforts that engage the highest utilizing patients, or helping establish a free clinic, our ultimate goal is to drive sustainable models of care and better health for all.

Secondly, we believe that the only way to fix healthcare is to engage providers and patients in the solution. We need a movement – now more than ever – that harnesses the untapped power of every stakeholder, speaking with one voice, to demand important changes to the healthcare system.

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

Contact media@primarycareprogress.org. While we can’t disseminate all announcements, we try our best to great information out to the network.

About PCP 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 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 at action@primarycareprogress.org.

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.

How long does it take to become a PCP team? Are there requirements?

The timeline for starting a PCP team is unique to each prospective group. To begin this process, please email action@primarycareprogress.org. You will receive a response from PCP National that includes an inquiry form to complete, as well as a request to set up a time to connect via phone so we can explore next steps and ways PCP can support you in working toward your goals as a team.

The next step is to recruit your core team and faculty advisor(s), and work with PCP to plan your team launch and community kick-off. At that point, you’re officially in the network, with access to our support and programs, including the Cohort Program and Catalyst Project.

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.