August 2012 John Weeks Integrator Round-up on Professions and Organizations

Over 50 chiropractors working as clinicians in London’s Olympic village

The American Chiropractic Association sent a notice to members on July 26, 2012 underscoring the presence of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) at the London Olympics.Twenty-eight will be working at the multidisciplinary Olympic polyclinic provided by the London Organizing Committee. Nearly as many other chiropractors (27) will be present on behalf of other countries and teams from around the world. One is the team doctor for the British Virgin Islands, Angela Salcedo, an ACA delegate from Washington, DC. Another member James Parker, DC, provided services as the June trials in Eugene, Oregon. At the games, U.S. team members will have another member Joel Bienenfeld, DC on hand. The ACA’s release juxtaposed these examples of integration with the year 1979, when “track and field star Dwight Stones broke barriers and thrust chiropractic care into the Olympic spotlight in an interview on national TV, where he spoke about the important work being done by Leroy Perry, DC.” 

Discussion items for AANP House of Delegates Stakeholder and State Leadership Summit August 14, 2012

The House of Delegates of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians will hold a Stakeholder and State Leadership Summit prior to the profession’s August 15-19, 2012 conference in Bellevue, Washington. The topics with be: 1) Going Mainstream: What are the risks to our medicine? 2) How might the assignment of responsibilities, communication and accountability (governance structure) better reflect the values, goals and community of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians? 3) Shall the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians pursue a strategy that includes national certification as part of ongoing licensing initiatives? One goal of the Summit will be developing resolutions for the House of Delegates meeting that will convene later that evening.

Comment: I am a fan of the typically messy, democratic process represented by an active and engaged House of Delegates. Under speaker AANP’s current speaker Bruce Milliman, ND, a national leader in the profession’s primary care and insurance positioning, the AANP’s House is emerging from a position of relative quiescence. Good to see this re-assertion from the professions bottom-up.


9th International Conference for the Society for Integrative Oncology: October 8 -10, 2012, in Albuquerque

Heather Sanders from the Society for Integrative Oncology sends an invite to “join us in celebrating this year’s theme, ‘Honoring Diversity in Cancer Prevention and Control'” in Albuquerque, New Mexico October 8-10, 2012. The program will “explore areas on health disparities, cancer prevention and control, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. The SIO meeting will be co-sponsored by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine Section of Integrative Medicine and the University of New Mexico Cancer Research Treatment Center. The keynoter will be Harold P. Freeman, MD, chairman emeritus and founder of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in New York City.

2nd Annual Integrative Medicine for the Underserved,  September 6-8, Santa Clara

As a follow up to its inaugural IM4U conference in 2011 which drew 130 people, a second annual conference will be held in Satna Clara, California September 6-8, 2012. The featured presenters and themes will be: The Federal Framework for the Transformation of Health Care: Opportunities for IM for All (Herb Schultz, Regional Director, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services); Integrating Natural Health Care into the Safety Net, Making Friends with CHCs (Jill Sanders, ND); Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Transforming the Food Landscape (Jen Matthews, MD); Examining Disparities in Community Acupuncture Clinics (Kim Tippens, ND MSAOM and Maria Chao, MPA) and Whole Person Support for People Experiencing Homelessness/COTS (John Records, JD). Various pre-conference sessions will be held on the 6th. Conference information is here.