Update Grantmakers in Health Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Funders NetworkAn April 2011 posting from Grantmakers in Health (GiH) officially launched the GiH Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Funders Network. The Network followed a kick off meeting in early March.

Update: Grantmakers in Health Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Funders Network 

An April 2011 posting from Grantmakers in Health (GiH) officially launched the GiH Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Funders Network. The Network followed a kick-off meeting in early March. That meeting was sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, and the Samueli Foundation. The goals are to:

  • Explore the latest developments in CAM modalities and the research being conducted to prove its efficacy.
  • Link with other groups and funders already working in the field; and 
  • Establish an ongoing dialogue regarding innovative system change efforts to integrate wellness into conventional care.  

The founding meeting included a breakout session on integrative medicine’s impact on health disparities. According to the GiH site, “these sessions led to dynamic conversations about philanthropy’s role in shaping a future health care delivery system that integrates CAM into conventional care settings.” The site includes a variety of educational resources for funders. 

Comment: As a person who both reports and also seeks to connect with funders under my not-for-profit hat with the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, I typically find myself engaged in an internal conversation about whether my self-interest might be better aligned with not reporting events such as this. My higher, if less practical, self usually takes a couple of punches before winning out.


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