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

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 $30,000 for participation from 2012-2014. This donor has also pledged $90,000 ($30,000 per year) to continue our participation in the Forum for 2015-2017. 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, http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/activities/global/innovationhealthprofeducation.aspx.

Leo S. Guthman Fund

The Leo S. Guthman Fund is a private fund based in the Midwest. The Fund has provided $60,000 in funding over 2012-2015 for a Clinical Working Group Integrative Clinics Research project. 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!

National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

In 2015, ACIH Organizational Member National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (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. This project is near completion and publication. We thank NCCAOM for this opportunity.

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    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.

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    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.

    Past Project Partners

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    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
    resources for the field, thus supporting also your mission to spread the value of your work to a broader
    audience.

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    NCMIC Foundation

    The NCMIC Foundation generously provided $30,000 over 2011-2013 for the Center for Optimal Integration. 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 was established by the NCMIC Group to extend the business' longtime support of complementary and alternative 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 has also committed to $10,000 a year through 2018 as a Sustaining Donor.

    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 www.imconsortium.org) 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.