ACCAHC appoints Goldblatt, Menard co-Executive Directors

In addition to their important leadership experience in integrative health, Elizabeth Goldblatt and Martha Menard have contributed 20 years of volunteerism to ACCAHC.

The new co-directors at Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, ACCAHC, will continue building on a time of rapid growth and inter-professional engagement that has positioned ACCAHC as a leading force in integrative health.

Goldblatt_2inElizabeth A. Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA is a founder of ACCAHC. She has served sine 2008 as the organization’s chair, during a period of robust growth. She was formerly President of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; president of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and Provost/VPAA of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine where she is currently on the doctoral faculty. Sh serves on the leadership teams at the Duke program for “Leadership in Integrative Health Care” and the University of Arizona National Center for Integrative Primary Health Care.

Goldblatt’s contributions to ACCAHC have included serving twice on National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) committees, participating in development of the seminal 2009 “Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public,” and more recently, the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education.

Menard_2inMartha Menard, PhD, LMT is a clinician, researcher and educator who came to ACCAHC via multiple leadership positions with the massage therapy community. The author of the widely used text on research literacy, “Making Sense of Research,” Menard is an integrative pain leader who is currently guest faculty for the Samueli Institute Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative. On behalf of ACCAHC she serves on the steering committee for the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS). She is director of the Crocker Institute, and is an editor for the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine.

Menard has chaired ACCAHC’s Task Force on Integrative Pain Care through which she was lead author on the influential PAINS policy brief, “Never Only Opioids: The Imperative for Early Integration of Non-Pharmacologic Approaches and Practitioners in the Treatment of Patients with Pain”.

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