Bravewell Collaborative extends its sun setting to 2015, declares legacy projectsA July 12, 2013 letter to donors and supporters of the Bravewell Collaborative of philanthropists for integrative medicine announced that the generative organization is extending its planned sun setting to

Bravewell Collaborative extends its sun-setting to 2015, declares legacy projects

A July 12, 2013 letter to donors and supporters of the Bravewell Collaborative of philanthropists for integrative medicine announced that the generative organization is extending its planned sun-setting to 2015 from 2013. The letter, from co-founder and chair Christy Mack, was principally an invitation to its November 7, 2013 final gala in New York City. Mack also noted that “in the next several years, Bravewell will establish a Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University so that a new generation of transformative leaders will continue to improve our nation’s health through integrative medicine.” In addition, according to Mack, Bravewell will “create PRIMIER, a national data registry that will collect and record patient-reported outcomes, provider assessments and common medical record information, making it possible to document the full potential of Integrative Medicine.”  

Comment: The leadership program is at Mack’s own philanthropic base for integrative giving, Duke Integrative Medicine, where it will be headed by the immensely capable duo of Adam Perlman, MD, MPH and Annie Nedrow, MD, MBA. Notably, it’s a program not in leadership in integrative medicine but instead puts the accent on health care. The term is more inclusive, as many pointed out at the Bravewell-funded 2009 IOM Summit on Integrative Medicine. (The letter does not make clear what disciplines the Bravewell program will allow attendance, other than medical doctors. Nurses? Naturopathic doctors? Chiropractic doctors? The naming as “integrative healthcare” also appropriately highlights the end goal, which is not medicine but health. The two initiatives appear to be great legacy projects for the Bravewell group, in line with their past pattern of strategic investment. The only question is whether what appeared to be a clean, Michael Jordan-like retirement, at the top of their game, will turn into a, well, Michael Jordan-like inability to leave the court. The legacy projects suggest we should welcome them sticking around.

Society for Integrative Oncology publishes paper on integrating top10 supplements into cancer care

This FON Therapeutics posting from integrative oncology consultant Glenn Sabin shares that an open access “seminal paper on Integrative Dietary Supplements into Cancer Care will be published in the October/November 2013 edition of SAGE’s Integrative Cancer Therapies.” The publication is free for download here during September 2013. The author team was led by Moshe Frankel, MD who will present on the subject at the upcoming 10th annual International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology, in Vancouver, BC, October 20-22, 2013. 

Massage Therapy Foundation publishes free e-book on pediatric massage

The Massage Therapy Foundation has announced publication of a free e-book entitled Pediatric Massage: A Massage Therapists Guide to Getting Started. The 26 page book was created by Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT, founder of a leading, children’s health and nurturing touch organization Liddle KidzTM Foundation. Subheads in the text include such practical themes as “permission,” “pressure,” “pace”, “positioning” and “parents.” The text goes on to explore the various setting for delivering the care.

Comment: The Massage Therapy Foundation continues to produce useful meetings, products and tools to serve their constituency. Fun to see this come out in the same month that the chiropractors earned back their right to adjust children in the state of Maryland. (See under Policy, this Round-up.)