ACIH Collaborator #67

February 2017

From David O’Bryon, JD, ACIH Chair – Launch of the Website, plus

Greetings. We just completed our annual report which is available here. 2016 was a very productive year for ACIH. We did a lot of internal housekeeping and continued our involvement with the National Academy of Medicine Health and Medicine Division (previously known as the Institute of Medicine) and the National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare (NCIPH). We also expanded our collaborative activities with the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health (the ‘Consortium’), the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (the ‘Academy’), the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (NCIPE), housed at the Univ. of Minnesota, and IM4US (Integrative Medicine for the Underserved).
We would like to welcome our two new Board members. Beth Pimentel, ND is the nominee from the naturopathic medicine certification agency, North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). Dr. Pimentel replaces Christa Louise, MS, PhDMuch thanks to Dr. Louise for her many years of service. We will miss her expertise, sense of humor and dedication to ACIH.  Dr. Elizabeth Pimentel is the founding Dean of Maryland University of Integrative Health’s (MUIH) planned School of Naturopathic Medicine. Trained as a naturopathic physician and midwife, her career has encompassed clinical practice, legislative advocacy, and academia.  Prior to joining MUIH, Dr. Pimentel served as Dean of University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM).  Dr. Pimentel presently serves on the board of NABNE, and is an Accreditation Evaluator for the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. 
Image result for Paul Morin, DCOur other new board member is Paul Morin, DC who replaces Martin Kollasch, DC, the past nominee from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) Many thanks to Martin and his years of service to ACIH. We wish him the best in his next endeavor. Dr. Morin received his BS in Biology from Bates College and then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He has been in private practice in Maine since earning his DC degree. In 1996, Dr. Morin was appointed by Maine’s Governor to serve as a member of Maine’s Chiropractic Licensing Board and he is currently the chairman of the Board.
Dr. Morin is in his third term as the District III Director of the NBCE. The Board of Directors elected him to serve as President in May 2016. Welcome to both Drs. Morin and Pimentel.
2017 promises to be a most productive and interesting year for all those involved in integrative health and medicine. ACIH will continue its work with the National Academy of Medicine Global Forum on Innovation for Health Professional Education, NCIPH, and our collaborations with the Consortium, the Academy, IHPC, NCIPE and IM4US. Thank you for your ongoing support for and involvement in ACIH

From Elizabeth (Liza) Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA, ACIH Executive Director

As David mentioned, 2016 was a very busy year in both our housekeeping activities and moving our current projects forward. We created a 2-year Strategic Goals plan, a new Policy Working Group, a new Governance Committee, revised the Bylaws, and are currently reviewing all policies. We have been working quite a bit on membership benefits and in 2017 we will have three new webinars that will focus on our work with the National Academy of Medicine’s Division of Health and Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education (the ‘Global Forum’), the National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare and updates from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The dates for these webinars will be announced soon. Our work with the Global Forum goes exceedingly well. In fact, in 2018, the Global Forum will host a 1.5 day workshop on Resilience, Stress and Well-being and their impacts on both individual health professionals and the organization as a whole. This is a major success for us as when we began our involvement with the Global Forum in 2012, we had two major goals – inform the over 60 organizational members on the depth and breadth of the various health professions ACIH represent and also stress the importance of health and well-being, and disease prevention. The National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare project is now offering a free 45 hour on-line course in integrative health. Currently this course is open for educational institutions. Very soon, it will be open to individuals. Please watch the NCIPH website – . The ACIH working groups remain very active, please contact if you are interested in participating in one of them – they focus on education, research, clinical care and policy. And, we are coming into the final stretch of revising our CEDR – the Clinicians' and Educators' Desk Reference. 2017 promises to be a most interesting year as we begin to embark on more collaborative activities with our national colleagues. Stayed tuned for announcements on these projects in our next Collaborator.

ACIH Adds Voice to Coalition that Requests FDA Withdraw Guidance on New Dietary Ingredients

2ACIH added its voice to a set of four other leading educational, practitioner and policy organizations in a letter to the US Food and drug administration opposing a scheme for regulating “New Dietary Ingredients.” The letter stated, in part, that the draft guidance would “interfere with the care received by the millions of patients served by our members.” It was signed by ACIH Chair David O’Bryon, and by leaders of four other organizations: ACIH member, the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges; and: American Association of Naturopathic Physicians; American College for Advancement in Medicine; the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (representing 20 Partners for Health organizations). The guidance was also opposed by multiple industry organizations. An article on the ad hoc coalition’s work is here.

PIHTA-Originated Paper on Quality Led by RWG Co-Chair Jim Whedon Published in JACM

Image result for James whedon, dcA paper developed through ACIH’s Project for Integrative Health and the Triple Aim, and based on a PIHTA webinar, has been published at the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The title of the paper, led by PIHTA advisor and Research Working Group co-chair James M. Whedon, DC, MS, is Relevance of Quality Measurement to Integrative Healthcare in the United States. Here is the abstract:

“With the advent of new models for payment and delivery of healthcare services, the use of quality measures for continual improvement of clinical healthcare is now an integral feature of medical practice in the United States. However, quality measurement and quality improvement activities are not common practice among integrative health providers. This article discusses the import and application of quality measurement to the practice of integrative healthcare. It reviews developments in the healthcare quality improvement movement, explores the relevance of quality measures to integrative healthcare, describes examples of the current use of quality measures in integrative health practice, discusses discriminatory policies that may prevent participation in quality improvement by integrative health practitioners, and makes recommendations for practice and policy.”

The interprofessional set of co-authors is Molly Punzo, MD, CHCQM, Regina Dehen, LAc, ND, Martha Brown Menard, PhD, LMTDavid Fogel, MD, and Jennifer Olejownik, MS, PhD. Congratulations!


ACIH’s Never Only Opioids Impacts the National Debate

What’s in a name? A good deal, apparently, if one is speaking about the name that an ACIH team, led by former ACIH co-executive director Martha Menard, PhD, LMT, gave to a 2014 policy paper on integrative pain care produced for the national Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy: Never Only Opioids. Friend of ACIH Taylor Walsh was attending the Summit on Balanced Pain Management in Washington, DC late last year when an NIH presenter, speaking from the podium, referenced the phrase in a way that suggested the phrase has become a meme in the national debate. An interesting and fun example of ACIH’s impact.  The full title is “Never Only Opioids: The Imperative for Early Integration of Non-Pharmacologic Approaches and Practitioners in the Treatment of Patients with Pain.” The related policy recommendations are here.
Side-notes re: opioids/pain: Also on the opioids topic, research led by RWG co-chair Jim Whedon, DC, MS from Southern California University of Health Sciences that looked at insured individuals in New Hampshire found positive outcomes for chiropractic users. See Researcher finds patients seeing chiropractors use fewer opioids. In addition, through the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine of which they are co-founders, the University of Western States, the National University of National Medicine, and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine will play a key role in preparing practitioners for the nationally-watched integrative pain pilot for Medicaid patients in that state’s Coordinated Care Organization. See Oregon integrative collaborative preps stakeholders for historic Medicaid pain pilot.

Process of Integrating Evidence (PIE) Conference Announced

Project to Enhance Research Literacy (PERL) leader Deb Hill, MS reports that registration for the Process of Integrating Evidence (PIE) Conference is now open!  This 3-day program (July 13-15, 2017) is designed to provide CIH educators training in the principles, practice and teaching of evidence-informed practice (EIP). In addition to attending plenary sessions, hands-on, small group training and networking with other CIH educators, participants will receive a free 2-month subscription to Dr. Journal Club, a website for busy health professionals who want to learn more about EIP and keep up with the latest clinically relevant research studies. Two tracks are available: a teaching track aimed at classroom and clinic educators, and an administrative/curriculum development track aimed at institutional administrators and curriculum designers. Travel stipends have been made available through funds from NCMIC Foundation and NIH/NCCIH Grant #R2500AT3580 for a limited number of CIH educators who qualify. Join us! Visit the conference website and register now.
*This conference is funded, in part, by NIH/NCCIH grant # R2500AT3580. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

ACIH’s Goldblatt Co-Authors National Academy of Medicine Paper

For the last five years, ACIH’s interim executive director Elizabeth A. (Liza) Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA has been involved in multiple projects related to health and wellbeing at the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. The most recent is a National Academy of Medicine discussion paper entitled A Multifaceted Systems Approach to Addressing Stress Within Health Professions Education and Beyond. The paper has laid some of the ground-work for an anticipated 2018 workshop that ACIH has had the leadership role in creating. Stay tuned for more information!

Other Publications from the National Academy of Medicine

Out of all of the reports released by the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) in 2016, the one from the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education was the 2nd most read: A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health. As of now, the report had more than 11,000 downloads from the public. Click here to see all of HMD’s most-read reports.
Another Global Forum publication Breaking the Culture of Silence on Physician Suicide also had considerable impact as the 4th most read. Authors were Sunny Kishore, Angela Mathew, David Rothenberger, and Doug Dandurand. Kishore is among the authors to the NAM discussion paper, noted above, on which Goldblatt is a co-author.

Applications Open for LEAPS into Integrative Medicine Program: Reply by February 14

The 2017 LEAPS into IM application is now open and ready for rolling admissions! LEAPS will take place June 4-9 and will be held in the Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, CA. The sponsors note that the Spanish-style monastery is “the perfect place for learning to integrate the healing arts into mainstream medicine and hosts an ideal energy for participants to experience healing themselves.” The faculty includes physicians and alternative healers from the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine and others from around the country. The program will include 20 medical/osteopathic/ chiropractic/naturopathic/acupuncture/nursing/pharmacy/professional health students “who are interested in Integrative Medicine and willing to stand up and become leaders within their schools and communities.”

Other News from Members of the Collaborative and Associated Organizations

Pamela SniderACIH founding executive director Pamela Snider, ND has taken a position as Chief Culture Officer for Southern California University of Health Sciences where she also serves as Special Assistant to the President, John Scaringe, DC, EdD. Last fall, Snider was also presented with the 2016 Beacon Award from the Naturopathic Medical Students Association … Executive director Goldblatt shares a blog post from Barbara Brandt, PhD, the director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education on how the new administration may shift the movement for IPE as the Center moves toward the 2017 Learning Together at the Nexus Summit conference … An article on the NCCAOM-ACIH white paper on credentialing acupuncturists was published at Integrative Practitioner as NCCAOM/ACIH collaborate on tool for credentialing acupuncturists, other complementary health professionals
MeekerBoard member William Meeker, DC, MPH sends news of a remarkable National Press Club event scheduled for March 14, 2017 called “Improving Drug-Free Pain Care in America.” The sponsor is the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress on the board of which Meeker serves. The event will kick off a national campaign entitled Save Lives. Stop Opioid Abuse. Choose Chiropractic ... Council of Advisers member Adam Perlman, MD, MPH is leaving his position as director of Duke Integrative Medicine to take a leadership role with a wellness start-up. Perlman will continue to run the Duke Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare …
Board member JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH, shares news that Massachusetts has become the 19th state to license naturopathic doctors saying she is “super excited about what this means for students and grads.” This followed a success of the profession in gaining regulation in Pennsylvania last fall … The American Institute of Homeopathy invites you to the February 28, 7:00 PM EST webinar with Iris Bell, MD, PhD entitled “Pursuing the Biological Basis of Homeopathic Remedy Response” … Integrative Medicine Access (IMA), a network of national and international practitioners who agree to see 1 or 2 low-income patients for very low cost, is dedicated to bringing integrative medicine services to the underserved. The organization, led by Myles Spar, MD, is seeking new practitioners who share this mission.
Associate member Meg Jordan, PhD, from the California Institute for Integral Studies, a national leader in the health coaching movement, shares that the former National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC) is now operating under a new name, the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC). The ICHWC, in partnership with National Board of Medical Examiners plans to “expand to collaborate with coaches and partners around the world” … The National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, the professional organization tied to ACIH members MEAC and AME, has engaged a multi-part webinar series entitled Equity, Race and Access to Midwifery, a rare focused look at race-related challenges in the IHM fields. Past recordings are available on the site … 
The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health has acquired the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine Journal to be the consortium’s own journal. GAHMJ is a peer-reviewed scholarly medical journal launched in 2012. Consortium chair and past GAHMJ co-editor Robert Saper, MD MPH states: “Under the Consortium’s leadership, the journal will continue publishing continuously online.  The Consortium is committed to providing an international resource for the growing evidence base for integrative medicine. High quality research that advances science and informs clinical practice is vitally important to integrative medicine. We’re thrilled with this opportunity to disseminate high-quality scholarship and resources to our members and the global medicine and health community.”

Save-the-Date! Upcoming ACIH-Involved Conferences

May 3-5, 2017 World Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, Berlin, Germany. This conference is co-sponsored by ACIH’s sibling-organization, Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. The Collaborative is a supporting organization of this meeting, as are the Integrative Health Policy Consortium and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. Former ACIH executive director and current ACIH Global Forum alternate member John Weeks serves on the organizing committee. The website is here.
July 13-15, 2017 The Process of Integrating Evidence (PIE) for Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) Educators 3-day evidence-informed practice (EIP) conference will be held at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN on July 13-15, 2017. The conference website is here.  ACIH’s Deb Hill, MS, is on the conference planning committee. Details will be posted as they are finalized. Similar to last year's conference (linked on conference website) two tracks will be available; a teaching track for classroom and clinic educators, and an administrative/curriculum development track.

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