Project Partners

ACIH’s Project Partners are philanthropists, foundations, businesses, organizations, agencies and other entities which have each funded a specific program or project with the level of support starting at $3,000.  We are most grateful for their support and commitment to ACIH’s vision and mission.

Current Project Partners

George Family Foundation

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In 2018, the George Family Foundation granted ACIH $30,000 in funding to continue our work with and participation in the National Academy of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education in 2019. The George Family Foundation further extended this support, by offering a $15,000 grant match challenge for Global Forum participation in 2020. We are happy to announce that this challenge was met, and our work in the Global Forum will continue through 2020. We are very appreciative of the opportunities the George Family Foundation afforded us through their generosity!

Leo S. Guthman Fund

The Leo S. Guthman Fund is a private fund based in the Midwest. The Fund has provided $65,000 in funding over 2012-2019 for a Clinical Working Group special projects. In addition, in 2019 the fund provided $1500 for a project on dissemination of our Clinicians’ & Educators’ Desk Reference on the Integrative Health & Medicine Professions. The Guthman Fund is also a long-time Sustaining Donor of ACIH. We are grateful for all of the support the Leo S. Guthman Fund has given ACIH!

NCMIC Foundation


When ACIH was offered a $15,000 grant match challenge for continued participation in the National Academy of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, the NCMIC Foundation stepped up to the challenge! The foundation funded the entire match with a $15,000 grant this year which will allow us to participate in the important work of the Global Forum through 2020. In 2014, the foundation donated $12,500 for ACIH’s participation and presentation of a white paper, “Meeting the Nation’s Primary Care Needs” at the AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference, and in support of the writing and publication of the policy brief, “Never Only Opioids:  The Imperative for Early Integration of Non-Pharmacological Approaches and Practitioners in the Treatment of Patients with Pain”. The NCMIC Foundation generously provided $30,000 over 2011-2013 for the Center for Optimal Integration. The NCMIC Foundation was established by the NCMIC Group to extend the business' longtime support of integrative health approaches to health care in clinical practice, research and academics. NCMIC is the leading provider of malpractice insurance for the chiropractic and naturopathic medical professions and has repeatedly made critically important philanthropic investments of strategic value in advancing these discipline. NCMIC Foundation also committed to $10,000 a year through 2018 as a Sustaining Donor.

Past Project Partners

Anonymous Foundation: ACIH Membership in National Academy of Medicine Health and Medicine Division (HMD, previously known as the IOM – the Institute of Medicine) Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education 

ACIH is able to participate in The Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education (the Forum) due to the generosity of an anonymous donor that contributed $91,000 for participation from 2012-2017. For 2018, our donor has allowed us to continue our participation in the Global Forum by generously donating $14,000. The Forum’s mission is to apply an ongoing, multinational, multidisciplinary approach to illuminate promising innovations for achieving reforms in the instructional and institutional spheres. Members come together twice a year to network with other members and to attend a Forum-sponsored event (workshop or open meeting). The topic of the event is selected by the members themselves and is planned by a committee that represents the interests of the wider Forum membership. Written summaries and relevant outputs from each activity are available in hard copy and in PDF, and can be downloaded free of charge from the Forum website,

Crane Herb Company


Crane Herb Company has been a generous supporter of our work here at ACIH. At the end of 2017, Crane donated $18,000 toward a joint project ACIH is collaborating on with the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health developing a course for our disciplines on working within interprofessional environments. We are sincerely grateful for the opportunities that Crane Herb Company and Bill Egloff have provided us. Please see Crane Herb Company's listing under our Corporate Supporters section for more information on how they have supported our mission over the past few years.

International Association of Yoga Therapists


In 2017, ACIH TWM/EP Organizational Member International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) contributed $1,500 toward a joint project ACIH is collaborating on with the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health developing a course for our disciplines on working within interprofessional environments. Thank you to IAYT, for all of their support!

National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

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In 2017, ACIH Organizational Member National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) donated $5,000 toward a joint project ACIH is collaborating on with the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health developing a course for our disciplines on working within interprofessional environments. In 2015, NCCAOM funded a $10,000 strategic partnership with ACIH to develop a set of resources to support the credentialing and privileging of acupuncturists and other integrative health practitioners for jobs in hospital and other integrated medical delivery environments. That project is complete and the publication may be found here. We thank NCCAOM for these opportunities.

Visual Outcomes


In 2016, Visual Outcomes provided $5,000 in support of the Project for Integrative Health and the Triple AIM (PIHTA): Visual Outcomes also sponsored an ACIH interdisciplinary conference in 2013, allowing us to host over 100 people for a two-day meeting focusing on leadership. Visual Outcomes brings a combined 90 years of experience across government and private health agencies, secured database management and healthcare practice and patient management. The Visual Outcomes team includes healthcare managers, doctors, financial experts, media and health coach communicators and well qualified IT developers. The team has a deep understanding of the needs of patients, practitioners and their support staff. A special thanks to the Visual Outcomes founders Sue-Ellen, McKelvey, PhD, and Peter Bunting

North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE)

Organizational member North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) granted $5,000 for our PIHTA Project to document and publicize the role of naturopathic physicians in Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), creating a publicly-accessible repository of information on NDs in PCMHs. NABNE is an independent, nonprofit organization formed as a service to the naturopathic profession and the agencies that license/register naturopathic physicians. NABNE serves regulating bodies by qualifying applicants to take the NPLEX (Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations), administering the examinations, and sending exam results and transcripts to regulatory authorities.

Southern California University of Health Sciences: Center for Optimal Integration 

ACIH Chancellor-level Individual College member Southern California University of Health Sciences deepened their commitment to ACIH's mission in 2013 with a pledge to support the Center with $3,000 over 3 years (2013-2015). Located in Whittier, California, SCU has been training men and women in patient care for over a century. SCU is dedicated to providing excellence in academics, service, scholarship, and leadership by educating students to be competent, caring and successful integrative healthcare practitioners.


University of Western States: Center for Optimal Integration

ACIH President-level Individual College member University of Western States generously pledged to support the Center for Optimal Integration with a $3,000 over 3 years commitment (2014-2016). University of Western States (UWS), founded in 1904 and located in Portland, Oregon, offers a world-class, integrated education and provides the community with an unsurpassed, natural approach to health and wellness.

Altavista Natural Medicine

Altavista, a naturopathic clinic in Mercedita, Puerto Rico, is headed by Rebecca Sauser, ND who generously pledged $3,000 over 2014-2016 in support of our Center for Optimal Integration projects. We are grateful to Dr. Sauser for seeing the value in these projects and in ACIH's mission.

O'Bryon & Company

O'Bryon & Company, which specializes in management services, and its founder David O'Bryon, JD, CAE, generously committed to $3,000 over 2014-2016 in support of our Center for Optimal Integration. Mr. O'Bryon also is the Chair of the board of ACIH. We are grateful for all he does for our organization.


Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is the only national foundation solely dedicated to improving the education of health professionals. Its guiding principle is that health professional education has at its core a strong social mission: to serve the public’s needs and improve the health of the public. The Foundation provided funding for the Project to Enhance Research Literacy (PERL) in the form of two grants, one in 2014 for $35,000 and another in 2015 for $30,000. These grants were vital for the PERL project and its ability to develop valuable resources such as Achieving Competency in Evidence Informed Practice (EIP): A Resource Guide for Educators. ACIH is grateful to have the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation as a Project Partner.

Anonymous Donor

An anonymous donor provided $5,000 in 2015 for exploration and publication on the CHI model of an integrative
Patient-Centered Medical Homes. CHI’s leading edge work – the challenges and outcomes – will become
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Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health

ACIH has enjoyed a long relationship with the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health which represents 43 conventional academic health center members. (See a Brief History or go to Executives of the two consortia met in a reception at the 2006 North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine (NARCCIM) sponsored by the conventional Consortium. ACIH was a Participating Organization at that meeting. The Consortium leadership donated 15 scholarships for NARCCIM attendance for student researchers from the ACIH disciplines, winners were selected by members of ACIH's Research Working Group. The Consortium subsequently chose to sponsor a reception and dinner on May 11 as part of a four-hour meeting of roughly 80 professionals, principally members of the Steering Committee of the Consortium and leaders of the ACIH board and working groups. In 2014, the Consortium provided 16 scholarships for student researchers in ACIH disciplines to attend the International Research Congress of Integrative Medicine and Health (ICRIMH), and in 2016 offered ten scholarships for our students to attend the International Congress of Integrative Medicine and Health, of which ACIH co-sponsored the Educational track. 

The CHP Group

From 2013 - 2014, the CHP Group donated $10,000 in funding for the Center for Optimal Integration. The CHP Group has over 20 years of experience managing a network of credentialed integrative health providers. CHP provides solutions to health plans and large employers that deliver clinical insight into the integrative health disciplines.

Standard Process

Whole foods supplement manufacturer Standard Process recognized the potential value of bringing together leading researchers from the complementary and integrative healthcare disciplines to advance a common agenda. The firm, which sells only to healthcare professionals, is particularly interested in advancing research models which respect the whole person care of integrative practices and the role of nutrition in health. Consistent with this view, Standard Process supports a multifaceted nutrition research program including clinical trials at naturopathic, chiropractic and conventional medical institutions. The firm granted over $35,000 from 2007-2014 to support the development of the ACIH Research Working Group concluding a July 2008 retreat in which the RWG team met in Washington, D.C. to establish the RWG priorities, and to support ACIH Interprofessional meetings.

Andrew Weil, MD: ACIH Leadership Conferences - Challenge Grant 

Andrew Weil, MD, generously contributed his own funds to help support the costs of ACIH's Biennial Meetings in 2011 and 2013. Through his books and speaking appearances, Weil has awakened millions of people to the potential in integrating natural health care and distinctly licensed natural health practices with conventional treatment and providers. Weil is the physician face of "integrative medicine." The program Weil started at the University of Arizona School of Medicine in 1995 has now become a recognized Center of Excellence in Integrative Medicine. The Center offers a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine which has become the educational standard for MD academics in that field. Weil has also been a visible proponent of the licensed CAM professions, including bucking the direct opposition to naturopathic licensing from the American Medical Association in both California and New York. Weil's personal commitment speaks strongly to his belief in the importance of the integration of all disciplines in quality patient care.

National University of Health Sciences

The first significant project that ACIH undertook was the publication of the Clinicians' and Educators' Desk Reference on the Licensed Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Professions. In 2009, Lombard, Illinois-based National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) stepped up to support this project with a $10,000 grant. NUHS subsequently supported the ACIH Center for Optimal Integration with a commitment of $30,000 over 3 years from 2010-2012. One of just a handful of multidisciplinary universities of natural health sciences, NUHS' academic offerings include programs in chiropractic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, naturopathic medicine and massage therapy. Former president James Winterstein, DC led the transformation of the 100-year old institution from a chiropractic college into a multidisciplinary university. 

Northwestern Health Sciences University

President-level Individual College Member Northwestern Health Sciences University provided generous support of an ACIH leadership meeting which took place on their campus May 10-12, 2009. The University donated space on its campus for the gathering and members of the staff helped organize the meeting's particulars in the months leading up to the meeting. Onsite, Northwestern hosted a welcoming reception and dinner when all the participants arrived. One of their students generously donated time in note-taking. 

ACIH Project Partners 2004-2006

ACIH's earliest work (2004-2006) was engaged as part of IHPC's National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care: Creating Common Ground . Philanthropic support was then directed through the Institute for Alternative Futures rather than directly to ACIH. Project Donors supporting that work included:

The support of these entities allowed ACIH to participate in or develop projects which have fostered cross-disciplinary, inter-institutional education and understanding aimed at bettering patient care.

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: Surveys on competencies of licensed acupuncturists in conventional settings.

Anonymous West Coast Foundation: Inter-institutional academic collaboration

Anonymous Midwestern Foundation: Inter-institutional academic collaboration

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: Booklet on the licensed complementary and alternative healthcare disciplines.


The support of these entities allowed ACIH to participate in or develop projects which have fostered cross-disciplinary, inter-institutional education and understanding aimed at bettering patient care.