by John Weeks, Publisher Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports National, multidisciplinary certification group for health coaches gains not for profit status A newsletter from Meg Jordan, PhD, RN and the California Institute of Integral Studies reports that the National

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

National, multidisciplinary certification group for health coaches gains not-for-profit status

A newsletter from Meg Jordan, PhD, RN and the California Institute of Integral Studies reports that the National Consortium for Credentialing of Health and Wellness Coaches has recently gained status as a formal not-for-profit organization. Jordan is a member of the organization’s illustrious board of directors. The group first assembled in 2009 then convened a national meeting of 75 interested leaders in September 2010 shortly after the Affordable Care Act was passed. The group is multidisciplinary and is working to set credentialing standards that would work across disciplines in order to, as their mission states, “improve the health and well-being of all Americans who are struggling to start and sustain health-giving behaviors and lifestyles, manage chronic diseases, and make important health decisions.”

Comment: In the best of all worlds, I would add required education in health coaching to that in self-care and in health and well-being (see Institute of Medicine web-accessible workshop includes focus on health and well-being in “transdisciplinary professionalism) as mission critical remedial actions to lever our disease focused system toward health. And yes, I also include anesthesiologists and brain surgeons as those who should be forced to ground their view of where the medical system needs to go by immersing themselves in these arts and sciences. Here’s hope that the group has had a set of significant donors waiting in the wings for the tax-deductible status to come through. 

Boston Medical Center group receives $1.6-million PCORI grant to explore group-delivered integrative medical services

The Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities at Boston Medical Center has been approved to receive a research award from PCORI to study Integrative Medicine Group Visits (IMGV) for chronic pain and depression in a low-income, minority population. Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH will lead the project at BMC. Basic research questions: “Will patients with chronic pain and associated conditions report less pain compared to control (those who do not participate in the IMGV) participants? Will patients with chronic pain and related conditions feel less depressed than those who are not in the IMGV? Will patients in the IMGV have more self-motivation to reduce pain compared to those who are not in the IMGV?”

Comment from Janet Kahn, PhD: Via work with the Research Working Group of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, massage therapist-researcher-integrative medicine policy leader Janet Kahn, PhD, CMT commented on the study. I received her approval to publish these here: “Paula Gardiner and Rob Saper, the folks who head up the Boston Medical Centers Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities are, in my mind, heroes. They are some of the relatively few integrative health care folks in either the allopathic or CAM worlds who are totally dedicated to bringing integrative health care to underserved poor folks.  They are not working in boutique practices for folks who can pay out of pocket.  While even rich folks suffer and deserve help for their suffering, the professionals who are treating poor folks are way less likely to be getting wealthy doing it.  If the Boston Medical Center study shows these treatments to be cost-effective and successful for poor, underserved people with depression it is one more argument we can bring to CMS to start making integrative health care available through Medicare and Medicaid.” One additional note: the subject of this  study, integrative group visits, is very exciting. From perspectives of values, effectiveness and efficiency, all integrative practitioners and their educators should be all over these approaches.

National Center for Homeopathy “re-booting” under new executive director

A September 25, 2013 e-newsletter from Alison Teitelbaum, MS, MPH, the recently named executive director of the National Center for Homeopathy, boasts a series of changes in the organization. Chief among them is a new website that includes additional information for “newcomers,” and expanded news and research sections. Other changes: a new bi-monthly e-news “about all things homeopathy.” Teitelbaum pledges many more changes in upcoming months.

Comment from Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH: I asked long-time observer-participant in the homeopathy field Dana Ullman, MPH, CHC, for a perspective: “Alison Teitelbaum has recently become the Executive Director
of the National Center for Homeopathy and has hit the ground running. It has been only around 9 months since Alison has assumed this position, but she is off to a great start.” Then he added: “She is working and rebooting the organization from the inside out. Now, if only the medical and scientific community will finally actually look at the growing body of scientific evidence that verifies the biological basis to and the clinical efficacy of nanodoses, the medical revolution will finally begin.” (See related piece, under Perspectives in this Round-up.) My additional comment: a tough business in homeopathy is how does one provide maximal voice for those who focus on using the minimal dose. Herding cats is one thing. Herding minds-in-search-of-remedies is a challenge of another order. Good luck, Teitelbaum.