We are deeply grateful to the ACIH Sustaining Investors. This group of philanthropists, foundations, businesses, individuals, colleges and other entities have each committed to at least $5000 per year over a three year period to provide the platform for ACIH's basic operations. From this base, we are able to engage the collaborative projects and partnerships, determined by our Board of Directors, to advance the interdisciplinary collaboration in a system we envision that will deliver effective care that is collaborative, team-based, patient centered, as well as emphasizes health and well-being and is readily accessible to all populations.
The Westreich Foundation was founded by its president, Ruth Westreich, a leader in promoting integrative medicine nationally and palliative medicine and locally in the San Diego area which is her base. Westreich is a member of ACIH's Council of Advisors. The Westreich Foundation is committed to helping create a paradigm shift in the way medical care is delivered in this country, moving the boundaries of the existing field of medicine to include the wisdom inherent in healing the "whole person"-mind, body and spirit. We are grateful to Ruth for her advice and guidance and the Westreich Foundation for this leadership level of philanthropic partnership with ACIH. (Donor since 2011 - Total Amount Given: $245,500)
Leo S. Guthman Fund
The Leo S. Guthman Fund is a private fund based in the Midwest that has provided ACIH with sustaining support and project funding for the Clinical Working Group's Integrative Clinics Research project. We are deeply grateful for this support. (Donor since 2008 - Total Amount Given: $205,000)
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. (Donor since 2008 - Total Amount Given: $82,500)
Bastyr University is a multidisciplinary university of natural health sciences which offers degree programs in 10 distinct disciplines, including 4 of the ACIH disciplines - . The University has a commitment to creating quality integration. Bastyr's mission reads: "To educate future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences. Respecting the healing power of nature and recognizing that body, mind and spirit are intrinsically inseparable, we model an integrated approach to education, research and clinical service." (Donor since 2009 - Total Amount Given: $40,000)
Life University, founded in 1974, is a leader in educating students in a vitalistic approach to chiropractic. The mission of the Marietta, Georgia-based institution is to "empower each student with the education, skills and values needed for career success and life fulfillment based on a vitalistic philosophy." The University offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, each dedicated to supporting students in "achieving optimum personal performance and the wisdom to become transformational leaders in an increasingly diverse, global and dynamic world." (Donor since 2011 - Total Amount Given: $32,500)
Founded in 1911, Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) has been a leader in educating students to be competent and caring integrative healthcare practitioners for over 100 years. SCU has a history of providing the highest levels of patient care and has gained a reputation for excellence in an evidenced-informed curriculum. (Donor since 2013 - Total Amount Given: $15.000)
National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) is the oldest accredited naturopathic medical college in North America and a leader in natural medicine education and training. (Donor since 2015 - Total Amount Given: $10,000)
The Lia Fund
The Lia Fund, which no longer exists, promoted a holistic view of the world, informed by Nature. This Fund supported innovative, vibrant, transformative work that is a catalyst for change which regenerates people, communities, and the earth. Its focus was on climate solutions, community arts and holistic health and healing. (Donor 2010-2013 - Total Amount Given: $85,000)
ACIH's Founding Philanthropic Partner: Lucy Gonda
In November of 2003, a group of integrative medicine educators from conventional medical schools and academics from the licensed complementary and alternative healthcare disciplines gathered late at night after the first Bravewell Collaborative Leadership Award Dinner. The group determined that it was time to advance integrative practice by creating open dialogue and better relationships between the diverse academics with a stake in the integrative practice movement.
The ideas generated that night included developing a significant, interactive conference and, second, convening a subset of academics across the complementary and integrative healthcare disciplines who would help frame the dialogue with their conventional peers. The group hoped that seed money might come through a friend and colleague who had generously supported other collaborative efforts in the field: Lucy Gonda.
When contacted, Ms. Gonda not only came became a major supportive of ACIH, she challenged the group to think big. She seeded the founding of both the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Healthcare: Creating Common Ground (NED) and the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Healthcare (ACCAHC), now called the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH). (Donor 2004-2014 - Total Amount Given: $156,880+)
Work Honored by the IOM and the White House Commission.
The NED and ACIH work Gonda co-founded has since been credited by White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy chair James Gordon, MD as some of most significant fulfillment by the integrative practice community on the Commission's March 2002 recommendations. Stuart Bondurant, MD, chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States (2005) similarly honored what Gonda made possible: "What you are doing (with NED and ACIH), this great collaborative work, is one of the most important things anyone can do to implement [the IOM's] report."
Gonda's commitment of $25,000/year for 2008-2009 provided essential support for the present stage of ACIH's growth. She also made clear that it is time for others to step in, and step up, so that these recommendations from the highest levels of US integrative healthcare policy setting can continue to be furthered by our collaboration. Thank you, Lucy! Thank you Ruth! And thanks to the Leo S. Guthman Fund, the NCMIC Foundation, Bastyr ,Life, SCU and NCNM for your tremendous ongoing support.