The NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has begun to develop its next 5-year strategic plan. This will be the first issued under Josephine Briggs, MD, NCCAM’s director since early 2007. On September 10, 2009, past and present members of NCCAM’s advisory council participated in an initial Strategic Planning Workshop.
Janet Kahn, PhD, executive director of IHPC, and a massage researcher who is former member of the NCCAM advisory council, participated in the planning session and was interviewed for a column on Integrative Practitioner about the opportunities within a landmark process like this.
Read the article here
While the media and public have been absorbed in watching the Senate debate its health care reform bill, 47 members of the US House of Representatives joined forces in writing a letter to Speaker Pelosi. These bold members asked that Pelosi ensure the final health care reform bill protects patients’ right to choose their provider and ensures health care providers, like Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) providers, are not discriminated against by health insurance plans. This action is vitally important to all of us who care about patient access to complementary and integrative health services.
Read the letter here (this is a .pdf file)
IHPC Executive Director Presents at Institute of Medicine Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public
The Institute of Medicine has joined with the Bravewell Collaborative in holding a 3-day Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public. Janet Kahn, PhD, IHPC's Executive Director will present on Friday 2/27, as part of an Economics panel. IHPC has been working hard to bring the economics of integrated health care to the public consciousness. While many think of integrated health care as a luxury, or added expense, we know it has potential for great cost savings. To learn more about the Summit, click here.
IHPC Endorses Concurrent Resolution 406
In September 2008, the IHPC Board of Directors formally endorsed Resolution 406 encouraging Congress to bring wellness to the forefront of health care reform efforts. Resolution 406 was initiated by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
To view the Resolution click here.
To learn more about AANP click here.