Who Is PCP?

Primary Care Progress (PCP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to revitalize the primary care system and build a new interprofessional generation of leaders in primary care. PCP is harnessing a student-led grassroots mobilization strategy, teaching students and other trainees skills in leadership, innovation, and advocacy so they can launch local campaigns to promote primary care, advance innovations in care delivery, and accelerate educational reform. PCP is made up of a network of nearly 50 chapters and thousands of members across the country representing all primary care professions, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, etc.

Interested in learning how we are working to bring primary care to a new level?  Listen to our members talk about the value of PCP in their own words: 

 

Leadership and PCP


The Challenge

Our current health care system is failing us. Care is too often disorganized, uncoordinated, and error-prone; payment systems reward volume, not value.  Onerous scope of practice laws prevent members of the care team from operating at the top of their training and our patient-provider interactions are often confined to 15-minute encounters that leave neither patient nor provider satisfied. There is wide agreement that patient-centered primary care is essential to fixing our broken health care system, but the primary care workforce pipeline faces huge challenges. In addition to unprecedented levels of educational debt and a reimbursement system that has devalued primary care services, our trainees also frequently face active discouragement, isolation, inadequate exposure to promising new models of primary care delivery, and outdated curriculum that leave them ill-prepared to work on interprofessional teams. The resulting growing shortage of high value primary care services will only make it more difficult for patients to get the care they want and need.
 
Interested in learning how we fit into the big picture of primary care transformation?  Check out our video "On a Mission to Transform Primary Care"

  

Primary Care Progress: On a Mission to Transform Primary Care

 
Our Story

Primary Care Progress started in 2010, when a handful of primary care students and trainees across the country connected over the same concern: the marginalized status of primary care at medical and other health professional training schools around the country and the fact that the next generation was relatively “sidelined” in efforts to remedy this problem. PCP set out to fix both problems at the same time by mobilizing grassroots engagement campaigns in academic primary care communities, and having students in the driver’s seat of those efforts. Through these early campaigns at Harvard and the University of California, San Francisco, the founders quickly saw the sweet spot that was represented by these student-led spaces of primary care community engagement. Not only were they inspirational and reinvigorating for all participants – providing a hopeful vision of the future of primary care - but they deployed unharnessed power – student power – in a unique way to accelerate reforms in education and care delivery.

This model of student-led campaigns to advance primary care spread rapidly, quickly generating significant participation from other health professions as well, such as nursing, social work, and pharmacy. Students’ motivations to form or join chapters at new institutions had as much to do with their desire to learn with and from the other health professions as they did with their desire to be leading change efforts at institutions. These change efforts initially included a new primary care curriculum, new centers and institutes for primary care, and new approaches to primary care delivery for individuals and communities. Over time, they have also included the launch of new student-run clinics and other collaborations with the community to improve care and advance health and well-being.

Support for chapters initially came from a national team of experts whose backgrounds in community organizing and advocacy made them particularly effective at coaching chapter leaders in their local change efforts. Over time, this support has transformed into a unique and robust leadership development curriculum that uses a vast network of peer-coaches to help participants develop a set of leadership practices that are critical for their advocacy work, as well as their efforts to build effective interprofessional teams in clinics.

The chapter network is nearly 50 chapters strong and growing, with dozens of peer coaches and trainers spread around the country to provide training, coaching, and support to a growing cadre of over 200 current chapter leaders. Through a highly interconnected online network, a cohort-based learning model and intensive, longitudinal relationships, PCP spreads innovations rapidly and promotes powerful personal growth among participants.

PCP is committed to developing a new interprofessional generation of leaders in primary care, and is already seeing dozens of those students and residents from the founders’ cadre returning to act as the trainers, coaches, mentors, and guides to those passionate students who have followed in their footsteps.

 

 
Change is HERE.
 
The future of primary care has arrived.
  
Join the movement for primary care today. 


 

2013 Annual Report


Our 2013 Annual Report highlights the exciting events and projects from within our network in the past year, you can view the report online here, or download the complete report here.

PCP Chapters


Learn more about what a PCP chapter is and how you can start or join one. 

About Gregg Stracks

Dr. Gregg Stracks was one of PCP’s founding members.  Gregg was a born teacher, visionary, and optimist.  His commitment to community building and leadership was palpable to anyone he encountered.  One of his students was PCP’s President and Founder, Dr. Andrew Morris-Singer. Andrew met Gregg when he was brought in to conduct leadership training during Andrew's junior year of Internal Medicine residency.  The two formed a relationship that would change Andrew’s approach to his team and his career.  Read Andrew’s reflections on that relationship here.

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