Dr. Helene Langevin, Director
NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Research for Integrative and Whole Person Health
Watch Dr. Helene Langevin, Director of the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), discuss NCCIH’s mission, the research it supports, the concept of whole-person health, and critical insights and opportunities to expand and build on NCCIH’s current research portfolio. Dr Langevin explains current research conducted by NCCIH in the context of Whole Person Health. Highlighting that traditional research focuses on treating illness in single organ systems, Dr. Langevin outlines a new research approach which expands the spectrum of inquiry to the whole person, involving the interaction of multiple organ systems. She introduces the concept of a period of “unhealth” as individuals transition from health to illness and highlights that this period is not well understood and may offer important opportunities for intervention. Dr. Langevin describes how NCCIH is pursuing its mission, often in collaboration with other Institutes and Centers at NIH
Dr. Langevin is positioned to serve as an ambassador for integrative health to the other Institutes and Centers of the NIH, helping to broaden their perspectives.