Creating a Primary Care Workforce: Strategies for Leaders, Clinicians, and Nurses

Patricia Robinson*, Julie Oyemaja, Bridget Beachy, Jeff Goodie, Lisa Sprague, Jennifer Bell, Mike Maples, Christy Ward

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Many primary care clinics struggle with rapid implementation and systematic expansion of primary care behavioral health (PCBH) services. Often, an uneven course of program development is due to lack of attention to preparing clinic leadership, addressing operational factors, and training primary care providers (PCPs) and nurses. This article offers competency tools for clinic leaders, PCPs, and nurses to use in assessing their status and setting change targets. These tools were developed by researchers working to disseminate evidence-based interventions in primary care clinics that included fully integrated behavioral health consultants and were then used by early adaptors of the PCBH model. By deploying these strategies, both practicing and teaching clinics will take a big step forward in developing the primary care workforce needed for primary care teams, where the behavioral health needs of a patient of any age can be addressed at the time of need.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-186
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Nurse training
  • PCBH leadership competency
  • PCBH primary care provider and nurse competencies
  • Physician training
  • Primary care behavioral health
  • Primary care leadership


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