On September 29, 2014, more than 125 leaders and advocates for CAM and integrative healthcare met at the Georgetown University Conference Center to attend an invitational policy symposium entitled “A Call to Action on Integrative Health and Medicine Policy, Advancing the Legacy of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin.”
Presentations assessed the state of the complementary and integrative health field in light of Senator Harkin’s immeasurable vision and legislative efforts in the last 20-plus years.
“From the 2010 Stakeholder Report Forward: Integrative Health in the ACA: Where Have We Come From? Where Do We Go Next?”
Moderator, Len Wisneski, MD, and IHPC chair. Speakers included:
- Michael Traub, ND: Non-Discrimination in Health Care
- Janet Kahn, PhD, LMT: The National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council
- Christine Goertz DC, PhD: The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
- Courtney Baechler, MD: Integration in Practice: Accountable Care and Patient Centered Medical Homes
- John Weeks: Healthcare Workforce Interprofessional Practice and Education
Keynote: Eric Schoomaker MD, PhD, former Surgeon General, US Army
Introduced by Wayne Jones MD, CEO, Samueli Institute
“The Imperative for Integrative Health and Medicine in the United States”
“Emerging Trends and Opportunities in Integrative Health & Medicine”
Moderator: Margaret Chesney, PhD, Chair, the Consortium of Academic Health Centers of Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM). Speakers included:
- Josephine Briggs, MD: “Building the Capacity for Real World Effectiveness Research for Integrative Health”
- Clem Bezold, PhD: “intersecting Futures for Public Health, Primary Care and Integrative Health and Medicine”
- Christopher D’Adamo: “Mission Thrive and Nature as Health”
- Wayne Jonas MD: “Creating Wellbeing Leadership Group”
- Ahmed Calvo, MD, MPH: “Wholistic Approaches to Community Health and Wellbeing”
Gerry Clum, DC, moderated the following small group discussions: “Where Do We Go From Here.” Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, PhD, FAAN offered reflections on the day at the close of the program.
Testimonial Dinner for Sen. Harkin
The symposium was followed with a reception and dinner program honoring Sen. Tom Harkin, who was introduced by U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski. Tributes were made by the major sponsors of the event including Life University, the Institute for Integrative Health, Georgetown University, the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium and the Samueli Institute.