Building a national network of change makers

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 — preparing them to transition from the classroom to the clinic with the skills to take better care of their patients and better care of themselves.

For Primary Care Progress, our national Action Network of more than two dozen interprofessional, student-led teams, is where we roll out new curricula, test primary care innovations on campuses and in local communities, and prepare future clinicians to take the helm of primary care transformation. For students and faculty, our Action Network offers a range of options to learn, experiment, give back, and connect.

Ready to get involved?

The first step to joining the Action Network is creating a team — identifying a core group of 3-8 interprofessional primary care allies from across disciplines at a range of stages in clinical training, as well as faculty advisors who support their work. 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 Cohort program.

Once your team is together, the sky’s the limit. You can work on a project of your choosing, like starting a student-run free clinic or hosting a series of campus conversations about innovation in care delivery, or you can plug into our established programs. Current initiatives include the PCP Action Network Cohort and these partner programs:

  • Launched as a pilot in 2017, the Primary Care Leadership Collaborative (PCLC) is delivered in partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) to support medical student teams committed to advancing primary care and improving the health of their communities. Through the collaborative, family medicine student interest groups from across the country and their faculty advisors partner with family physician coaches and consultants. PCLC is accepting applications from family medicine student interest groups who want to participate in the 2019-2021 cohort. The deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2019.
  • The Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative, co-hosted by the Camden Coalition, PCP, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), National Academies of Practice (NAP), Council on Social Work Education, and American Association of Colleges of Nursing, provides education and support to student teams as they connect with patients, learn about the root causes of high health care utilization, and share this learning with their institutions. The annual six-month program offers mentorship and practical experience for the next generation of healthcare professionals, and is part of the National Center’s efforts to provide training and resources in the growing field of complex care to providers, researchers, administrators, advocates, and more across the country. Teams participate through an online curriculum and monthly case conferencing, and receive mentoring and a curriculum learning guide. Visit the Camden Coalition website to learn more about the program. The final deadline to apply is May 31, 2019.
  • Piloted in 2016 with The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, The Catalyst Project is a two-year, national learning collaborative where student teams learn the essential skills of engaging stakeholders in both one-to-one and group settings. The curriculum includes training and skills development around teaming, meeting management, community health needs analysis, innovation in care delivery, stakeholder interviewing, and patient and community engagement. PCP will not be accepting applications for new Catalyst Project teams for the 2019-2020 academic year but does intend to re-open the program for the third Catalyst Project cohort next year.

When you’re ready to make a difference in primary care, we’re ready to talk. Email about launching a team in your community or check out frequently asked questions to learn more.