About Us

The Primary Care Initiative (PCI) is a not-for-profit, private foundation established to address the critical shortage of primary care physicians in rural Idaho.

PCI was established in partnership with the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) and Blue Cross of Idaho.


PCI offers an opportunity for medical education debt repayment for rural physicians who practice primary care medicine in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) or similarly underserved areas.

Board Members

Tammy Perkins Executive Director of the PCI Foundation

Tammy is a former senior state government policy advisor with 12 years of experience managing policy objectives for the Governor of Idaho. Her areas of expertise include healthcare and social... Read more

Charlene Maher Chair of the PCI Foundation Board

Charlene Maher is president and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross of Idaho Health Service, Inc., and sits on the boards of directors for both Blue Cross of Idaho and... Read more

Tracy J. Farnsworth,
PCI Foundation Board Member

Dr. Tracy J Farnsworth was appointed President of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) at Idaho State University (ISU) in 2016. He is also a professor of Healthcare Management... Read more

Kendra Witt-Doyle, PhD, MPH PCI Foundation Board Member

Kendra is the Executive Director of the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. A recognized expert on community health, Kendra provides strategic oversight and leadership across the Foundation’s efforts... Read more

Gina Pannell PCI Foundation Board Member

Gina was born and raised in Emmett, ID.  She received her Bachelor’s in Therapeutic Recreation in 2004 from Eastern Washington University and worked in long-term care, psychiatric state hospitals, and... Read more

Susie Keller PCI Foundation Board Member

Susie Keller joined the Idaho Medical Association in November of 2007, becoming only the fourth CEO in the organization’s 125-year history. She is the first female to hold the position.... Read more

Kevin Wilson, DO, FACOI, FACP PCI Foundation Board Member

Dr. Kevin Wilson serves as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Wilson studied biology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan before graduating from... Read more

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