NAM to tackle systemic issues damaging wellness in medicine
May 25, 2017
by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News and Reports “Slowly and surely, we’ve been burning out a generation of doctors and nurses," states the in the opening line of a recent American Hospital Association article. "The numbers are startling: Over 50 percent of physicians report one or more symptoms of burnout. Over 50 percent of nurses are emotionally exhausted, and 25 percent are clinically depressed … to numerous observers, the problem is getting worse.” Addressing the causes behind the dismal world of provider burnout is the mission of a recently-announced National Academy of Medicine (NAM) committee. Prompted by the work of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) and others, NAM will sponsor a 1.5-day work shop April 26-27, 2017. The meeting will be open to the public. Via ACIH, the integrative health community helped instigate the project through 6 years of dialogue at the NAM’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. ACIH has represented integrative health values there as a sponsoring member. The integrative health field, which has promoted a health and well being focus in health care and health professional education since its inception, will be well-represented in the 16-member planning team:
- Co-chair will be Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, the founder of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota and a member of the ACIH Council of Advisers. Her co-chair will be George Washington University’s Zohray Talib, MD.
- Kreitzer’s fellow ACIH Council of Advisers member Aviad Haramati, PhD, the Georgetown integrative medicine and founder of the CENTILE conferences on wellbeing and resilience.
- ACIH acting executive director Elizabeth A. Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA, and myself as a past executive director wwill each be among the other 14 members on the 16-member committee. They represent ACIH at the Global Forum as “Member” and “Alternate,” respectively.
- Philanthropic investment to enhance the initiative’s reach and impact will come through the George Family Foundation, led by Bill and Penny George. The Georges have been significant philanthropic backers of the integrative health and medicine movement through investment at Allina Health, the Bravewell Collaborative and elsewhere. They were also among the principal backers of the 2009 IOM Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public.