IHPC At-Large Member
The Integrator Blog News & Reports
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
John Weeks is a writer, speaker, organizer and executive with more than three decades of experience as a leader in the movement for integrative health and medicine. He works at the convergence of that historic trend with the medical industry’s growing engagement of a value-based focus on creating health. His principal bases of activity presently are as publisher-editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports – an 11-year chronicle of the movement – and as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a position he was invited to assume in May of 2016.
John’s writing has also appeared in Health Forum, Hospitals and Health Networks, Physician Executive, Medical Economics, and more recently, Huffington Post, Integrative Practitioner, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, AAPM’s Pain Practitioner and multiple other integrative health and medicine publications. He is a chronicler and commentator on policy, business, academic and collaborative developments.
For 20 years, John has presented and created panels and educational events on integrative health topics. Venues include the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, American Hospital Association, Georgetown University, All Together Better Health, American Association of Health Plans, American Medical Students Association, International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, UCLA, Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, Harvard University and the AAMC’s workforce conference. Weeks is an active participant in the Institute of Medicine/Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education.
John’s writing and speaking are informed by hands-on experience. John has directly served multiple individual stakeholders as a consultant, among these: NIH, WHO, AHA, medical delivery organizations (Catholic Health Initiatives (CO), St. Joseph’s Health System (CA), Franciscan Health (WA), Baptist (FL), Deaconess (IN), Catholic Healthcare West (AZ), Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, and numerous professional and academic organizations (Stanford, Bastyr, Maryland, MUIH). He has convened multi-stakeholder Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summits, co-founded the Integrative Health Policy Consortium, directed the 12-profession National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care, co-founded and served as executive director of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health, and served on the founding board of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.
Weeks attended Stanford University for three years, studying art history. He worked in scores of odd jobs with as many addresses as a would-be poet before finding his professional legs as a journalist, organizer and political activist/legislative aide in his late 20s. Four institutions have granted him honorary doctorates. In 2014, three consortia combined to grant him a Lifetime Achievement Living Tribute Award – complete with a book of testimonials from 150 leaders – at the International Congress for Research in Integrative Medicine and Health. Seattle-based, Weeks feels particularly lucky to have worked 6 of the past 15 years from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico with his spouse and closest colleague, Jeana Kimball, ND, MPH, and their two children, Roz and Lucas.
Some Areas of Expertise/Presentations
- Convergence in Health Creation
- Integrative Health and the Triple Aim
- Perverse and Aligned Incentives: Healthcare’s Two Eras for Integrative Care
- The Patient-Driven Movement for Integrative Health
- Trends and Topics in the Emergence of Integrative Medicine
- Present Policy and Action in the Integrative Health Community