U.S. based American Interprofessional Health Collaborative incorporates as a lead agency for enhancing interdisciplinary careAccording to a bulletin to interested parties from Barbara Brandt, PhD, the organization’s first chair, the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative has incorporated. AIHC “offers a venue

U.S. based American Interprofessional Health Collaborative incorporates as a lead agency for enhancing interdisciplinary care  

According to a bulletin to interested parties from Barbara Brandt, PhD, the organization’s first chair, the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative has incorporated. AIHC “offers a venue for colleagues across health professions to share information, mentor and support one another as they provide the leadership to influence system change with the implementation of interprofessional education and practice at their individual institutions and within organizations.” AIHC’s case statement is called “Transcending Boundaries: Transforming Learning.” (Contact me if you would like to see it.) . 

Comment: As noted in 8 Major Trends Promoting Integration of Integrative Practices and CAM Disciplines, the movement for IPE, and the establishment of AIHC, are exceptionally hopefully developments. Might there be more ease in integrating non-conventional practitioners among academics and clinicians already propounding affirmatively opening of their peripheral visions to others? IPE may just be the connective tissue. The movement can help weave the fabric across the chasm that still separates the so-called “CAM” disciplines and the rest of allied health. Those interested might plan to attend the AIHC’s November 19-21, 2011 conference in Tucson.   

Bright light: Educators from 6 mainstream disciplines agree on competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice 

An unusual collaboration between educators from 6 disciplines will hold a “historic event” on May 10, 2011 when they release, at the National Press Club, a collaboratively developed document entitled Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. The document was developed, according to Barbara Brandt, PhD, chair of the American Interprofessional Healthcare Collaborative (see article above), by “an expert panel appointed by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC).” IPEC consists of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH). IPEC was formed in 2009.  

Comment: The force behind this document is clear in the make-up of the entities that helped keep bring these disciplines to the table. They will also be present at the May 10 announcement. Included are the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, and the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. Together these also hosted a February 2011 meeting in which the competencies “were examined and action plans were developed to support them.” Amidst all of the negative news in health care, this initiative is a bright light. Now, to open the work to other disciplines. 

MD Anderson offers 7th annual oncology training for LAcs, massage therapists and Yoga teachers (July 27-29, 2011)
The 7th annual oncology training for “CAM” practitioners will be offered by MD Anderson July 27-29, 2011. According to this PDF brochure, the course “provides licensed acupuncturists, licensed massage therapists, and trained yoga teachers an overview of evidence-based practices in cancer care.” Topics include recent research findings, recommendations for treating common side-effects, ethical issues, safety issues and case presentations will be presented.

Note: The Penny George Institute/Allina Hospitals and Clinics will offer its Hospital Based Integrative Health Care Conference: Transforming Health Care Practice Aug. 3-5; The Hospital Setting: Integrative Health Practitioner Training for Massage Therapists June 27-July 1; and The Hospital Setting: Integrative Health Practitioner Training for Oriental Medicine Professionals Aug. 15-19.

Alliance for Massage Therapy Education links with federation of licensing boards on national CEU strategy (FSMTB) 

The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AfMTE) and Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) are linking to develop a national continuing education approval program, according to a release for AfMTE. The program will ultimately include review of both courses and providers. AfMTE is “excited about bringing the education and regulatory communities together to build a strong and consistent quality assurance program.” The release notes that a November 2010 survey conducted by AfMTE on educational standards, 53.5% of respondents agreed that such an approval program was needed. Just 25.6% disagreed.

Comment: With the exception of chiropractic, the last 25 years have witnessed virtually all of the national organizational development in the “CAM” fields. The massage field has had a hole relative to an organization by and for educators and schools. AfMTE’s stepwise move into filling this role has been remarkable. Witness the movement here from a Fall 2010 survey report to April 2011 project with the licensing board that is supported by the survey findings. AfMTE showed a smart sequence by first developing evidence and then acting. They also have the right partner.

Here’s hoping that the massage field, which doesn’t have agreement if it is a profession or a trade, will realize what a great engine that could AfMTE is beginning to be. If the educators and schools start forking over dues, an if the American Massage Therapy Association and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals weigh in with support, this obstacle to massage’s maturation in health care may be removed. AfMTE member rolls will grow and the organization’s ability to act will be empowered. After seating its board just 10 months ago, AfMTE is off to a very good start. 


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