Funding Opportunity: Primary Care Leadership

Funding Overview

The Primary Care Leadership initiative funded programs supporting the development of primary care clinician champions who advocate for comprehensive, person-centered care at the practice, community, state or federal level. The goal of this initiative is to enhance the primary care workforce to drive change, strengthen the delivery of services and improve the health outcomes of those served. 

Nonprofit organizations inside and outside of Colorado were considered. Awarded programs were required to be designed with a focus on Colorado’s health care system and participants were require to be primary care* clinicians** (including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, licensed behavioral health provider, dental hygienists and dentists) practicing in the state. Priority was given to programs that target clinicians working in rural and/or low-income communities and culturally represent the patients they serve. This funding opportunity is supporting one program cohort with grant terms of up to two years, with a goal of reaching regional and ethnic diversity across participants in the awarded programs. 

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To be considered for funding, applicants demonstrated within the grant application how they meet the following criteria:

  • Have well-defined goal(s) and expected outcomes from participants.
  • Curriculum must include instruction, skill-building and application of real-world experiences delivered by well-respected subject-matter experts and thought leaders.
  • Have clear, justified criteria for the career levels of participants.
  • Require demonstrated support and participation from program participants’ executive-level leadership.
  • Must include all of the following program elements:
    • Individual assessment and ongoing coaching
    • Customized, collaborative experiential learning
    • Cross-sector exposure (i.e. social, business, government, transportation, housing)
    • Peer networking (in-person and virtual)
    • Collaborative leadership training
    • Communication and advocacy training
  • Must have curriculum that covers all of the following topics and/or competencies:
    • Current and future trends in federal and state health policy
    • Best practice models for primary care reform, integration and transformation
    • Patient engagement and empowerment
    • Continuous quality improvement
    • Interdisciplinary team work
    • Change and conflict management
    • Information technology

Evaluation Overview: All funded programs will be required to participate in an evaluation, also funded by the Foundation. Program participants will be asked to engage in an evaluation that begins at the launch of the leadership training and concludes approximately one year after the training has been completed. The evaluation includes a learning plan that aims to answer key questions about the impact of leadership training programs on the development of the primary care workforce and how leadership development impacts practices, communities, the state and/or the field of primary health care. The evaluation is being extended for one year following completion of the grant terms so that the impact of the leadership training can be well documented.

* The Foundation defines primary care as the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients and practicing in the context of family and community.

** The Foundation defines clinicians as an individual who uses a recognized scientific knowledge base and has the authority to direct the delivery of personal health services to patients.