A monthly round-up of the latest news, events and topics in integrative healthcare from John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports.

by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports 


Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) expands to include broader allied health and CAM groups as “supporting organizations”

In May 2011, the national academic organizations associated with six leading healthcare professions announced the Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice product of two years of foundation-based collaboration that put their historic Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) on the map. The six – medicine, nursing, public health, detistry, osteopathy and pharmacy – were immediately asked by other allied health professionals and integrative health disciplines to widen their circle. IPEC, which is now incorporated as an entity to promote the move toward team care, has taken at least a symbolic step in response. Among the Supporting Organizations” listed on their IPECollaborative.org website are organizations representing podiatricst, physical therapists, psychologists and an umbrella for the licensed CAM academic organizations, the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care.  

Comment: As one who has been involved in working to pry open the circle, I first acknowledge the accomplish it was in our siloed system for the first six disciplines to come together. We are seeing an organic expansion of inclusion, for the dictatorship of MDs, to efforts to health the MD-nurse dyad, to the oligarchy of the “Big 6” to the steps, noted here, for kind of inclusion on the site which begins to suggest the diversity of all the provider types patients may find of value in their care teams. 


Update from the Medical Library Association has CAM Special Interest Group

An update on activities from the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Special Interest Group of the medical Library Association is available here. The page, written by Amanda Page,m the co-convenor of the group, describes a number of collaborations of the interest group, including with the association’s Chiropractic Libraries section.


New program in integrative health characterized as preparing professionals for “the Great Hand-Over”

The California Institute of Integral Studies boasts a Masters of Arts program in Integrative Health Studies led by Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP. In a recent message, Jordan notes an unusual “new goal” of the program: “to prepare leaders to help people with what we’re calling the “Great Hand-Over.” Jordan describes this phenomenon as being set in motion by the economic engine of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “driving prevention and health promotion.” Then she bores into the meaning of the hand-over: “The federal government is handing over to states the responsibilities for insurance exchanges and care for the poor; Companies are handing over to employees the cost burden of chronic illness and sick time”; and “Individuals are being handed responsibility for their health by health care teams and insurers–and in great measure, they are.” Jordan concludes: “With all this ‘over to you’ going on, people need supportive allies and networks to figure out a new health era.” Then the sales line: “At CIIS, students and faculty create integrative care solutions for the new challenges we face together.”

: I have been tracking the emergence of the “integrative health” language in the culture, and its meanings. With this context, Jordan, a leader in the health coaching field, gives the movement some urgency. The idea of integrative health leadership in one I’ve been wrestling with among colleagues under another hat. Jordan’s is an interesting framing. If she has her students doing capstone projects identifying solutions, they should be posted somewhere with public access. We’re all going to need guidance.


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