Clinician Academy

The Clinician Academy is a networking and training program for primary care clinicians, to advance their role as community advocates and leaders. Specifically, participants will be provided with tools and resources ("Academy Toolkit") to plan and conduct a project that enhances primary care by establishing or strengthening connections with the broader community. 

Altogether, the Academy is a three month program, with a variety of components.

  • The Clinician Academy kick off meeting was held Friday, January 6, 2017 in Portland (click here for presentation slides)
    • This session included:
      • Role of Physician as Community Advocate                            
      • Working with Community Members
      • Project Planning and Implementation
  • Final report-out for Academy members was February 24, 2017. 

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By the end of the eight weeks after the kick off, participants will have a robust plan in place, including community connections, timelines and plans, completed work documented to-date, plan for long term completion and measurement, sustaining plan if needed, successes and barriers, and other items to address that came to light as a result of the work.

About the Project

Participants will choose a project with relevance to their community and aligned with their interests.  

Possible project areas:

  • Chronic pain/medication management
  • Patient self-management strategies in coordination with community entities
  • Coordination of care with subspecialty, hospitals, or other community health care entities
  • Access and equity issues in the community
  • Corrections health (working with the local law enforcement)
  • Education  (interaction with local schools)
  • Behavioral health coordination

Academy Directors

Carla McKelvey, MD, is a pediatrician in private practice at the North Bend Medical Center in Coos Bay since 1996. She is a former president of the Oregon Medical Association. She currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Community Pediatrics Executive Committee.  Dr. McKelvey has a BA with honors in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. She completed her medical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1993 and her pediatric residency there in 1996. She recently received her MPH in Health Policy and Administration from Oregon State University.





Jennifer Hendrickson brings a passion for strategy, innovation, public health, and change management to her work with Q Corp and the Institute. Her career spans work in change management, project management and health care transformation.  She’s excited to continue working with clinicians and community partners to improve health.



If you have any questions, please email the Academy Directors.