The Primary Care Project The Primary Care Project is PCP's brand new national, grassroots, student-led online campaign. It is one part national pledge to raise awareness about the importance of primary care and the need for a revitalized primary care pipeline, and one part focused on local campaigns that seek to engage and inform a new coalition of primary care advocates. The Primary Care Project is an unprecedented collaborative project that brings together students, trainees and advocates from different professions, disciplines and regions to harness their collective voice and resources to revitalize primary care education and training at institutions across the country that train future health professionals.
Leadership Training & The Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit The next generation of health professionals has a critical role to play in helping to transform our primary care systems and it’s essential we start engaging them now. To be successful change agents in the clinic or the classroom, they’ll need to engage all tools in their leadership toolkits, including the ability to build and sustain interdependent teams, develop and harness interpersonal commitment, and manage campaigns to fix a variety of complex problems. PCP has developed an extensive array of programming aimed at teaching these leadership practices, coaching students, and supporting them as they deploy these skills to fix real world problems at their schools and clinics. PCP’s Training and Organizing team works closely with our chapter network to teach these leadership practices in a variety of settings like chapter site visits, regional trainings and national leadership summits. Some of these trainings can be made available for groups outside of the PCP chapter network who plan to use these skills to advance local efforts to promote primary care.
Each year, PCP also hosts a leadership summit, bringing together primary care leaders and advocates from around the country for an interactive, skills-building and action-generating training.Participants focus on strategic advocacy, team-building and interpersonal engagement--leadership skills that are critical for anyone committed to primary care clinical innovation or education reform. The leadership summit honors the late Gregg Stracks. A founding member of PCP, Dr. Stracks was a born teacher, visionary, and optimist. His commitment to improved leadership practices and the value he placed on community building and teamwork provide the core framework for PCP’s grassroots advocacy efforts. Learn more about the 2013 Summit here.
Watch PCP's video on the type of training we do at the summit- as well as the need for this unique leadership training in this video:
Voices for Primary Care
For National Primary Care Week 2012, PCP thought it was time to give a "voice" to the undervalued and underinvested specialty of primary care. As part of "Voices for Primary Care," we asked primary care supporters everywhere to lend their voice to primary care as they uploaded photos with their thoughts about the true value of primary care in the health care system and in all of our lives. Check out the online gallery to see the inspiring messages we received from thousands of supporters.
National Primary Care Week
National Primary Care Week (NPCW) is an annual event that serves to highlight the importance of primary care, and is co-sponsored by Primary Care Progress and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). NPCW brings health care professionals together to discuss and learn about generalist and interdisciplinary health care, particularly its impact on and importance to underserved populations. NPCW aims to focus the attention of health professional students from all disciplines on creating a healthcare system that provides high quality health care to all individuals, regardless of ethnicity, race and other factors, and to provide students with the tools to address systemic inequalities.
During National Primary Care Week, primary care advocates and leaders are encouraged to host educational events in their communities and raise awareness about primary care. There were almost 250 events across the globe during NPCW 2011, with many PCP chapter events among them. Check out highlights here. In 2013, UMass Medical school decided to expand NPCW, celebrating primary care throughout the month of October.
National Nurses Week
PCP celebrates National Nurses Week (NNW) each year because we are strong believers in the idea that working together in interprofessional teams is the only way to salvage primary care in this country. And the sooner we get the next generation of nurses, physicians, physician assistants, and all team members doing this, the better. PCP's celebration of NNW includes a range of content including webinars, Progress Notes, interviews and resources that showcase the critical role nurses play in delivering the patient-centered primary care that patients want and need, as well as to highlight some of the ways in which that role is being re-shaped and enhanced, and to learn from primary care heroes within the nursing community who are advancing the field.