The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) and the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health (The Consortium) in cooperation with the Health Resources and Services Administrating (HRSA) created the National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare (NCIPH). The NCIPH is charged with advancing the incorporation of competency and evidence based integrative health (IH) curricula and best practices into primary care education and practice. The most impor­tant gap filled by this 3-year project is being the development of meta-competencies and educational materials relevant to and appropriate for use across the entire interprofessional spectrum of primary care practitioners. This project began in 2014 and the first phrase will be completed by the end of 2017. The meta-competencies have been developed and the 45 hour on-line course is currently being piloted and will be available to primary care providers as of fall 2016. ACIH has representation on the Interprofessional Leadership Team.

This is the first time in history that chiropractic, naturopathic medicine and acupuncture/OM have been formally considered to be an integral part of the primary care team and recognized nationally at this level. Dr. Goldblatt, ACIH Executive Director and other members of the leadership team are offering presentations on this project at conferences throughout North American and Europe and the project is highly successful thus far.                         

The interprofessional leadership team (InPLT) is a national committee comprised of representatives from primary care and other health professions. The role of the InPLT is to develop interprofessional IH competencies and curricula for primary care, provide technical assistance and serve as the linkages to national and regional partner organizations.

Chair: Ben Kligler, MD, MPH, Vice Chair, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine

Principal Investigator: Patricia Lebensohn, MD, Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona

Project Director: Audrey Brooks, PhD, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona

The Consortium: Maryanna Klatt, PhD, RYT, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, the Ohio State University College of Medicine

Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH): Elizabeth Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA, ACIH Executive Director, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) & Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) Academic Council and Faculty

Preventive Medicine: Eden Wells, MD, MPH, FACPM, Clinical Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Director, Preventive Medicine Residency, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Preventive Medicine: Asim Jani, MD, MPH, FACP, Director, CDC Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship, Team Lead for the Health Systems Integration Program, Family Medicine: Victoria Maizes, MD, Executive Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine and Public Health, University of Arizona

Internal Medicine: Ana Marie Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Medical Director, Arizona Telemedicine Program, University of Arizona Cancer Center

Pediatrics: Hilary McClafferty, MD, Director, Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona

Nursing: Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director, Center for Spirituality & Healing, Professor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

Nursing: Mary S. Koithan, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, FAAN, Associate Dean for Professional and Community Engagement, Associate Professor, University of Arizona College of Nursing

Pharmacy: Jeannie K Lee, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy

Public Health: Doug Taren, PhD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Public Health, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona

Behavioral Health: Robert Rhode, PhD, Adjunct lecturer in Department of Psychiatry, Arizona Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona

HRSA Project Officer: Irene Sandvold, DrPH, FACNM, FAAN, Medical Training and Geriatrics Branch, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.

Integrative Health Meta-Competencies for Primary Care Professionals

1.    Practice patient-centered and relationship-based care.

2.    Obtain an integrative health history which includes mind-body-spirit, nutrition, and the use of both conventional and integrative therapies.

3.    Collaborate with individuals and families to develop a personalized plan of care to promote health and well-being which incorporates integrative approaches including lifestyle counseling and the use of mind-body strategies.

4.    Demonstrate skills in understanding and utilizing the evidence as it pertains specifically to integrative healthcare.

5.    Demonstrate basic knowledge on the major health professions both integrative and conventional.

6.    Facilitate behavior change in individuals, families and communities.

7.    Work effectively as a member of an interprofessional team.

8.    Practice self-care.

9.    Demonstrate skills to incorporate integrative healthcare into community settings and into the healthcare system at large.

10.  Incorporate ethical standards of practice into all interactions with individuals, organizations and communities.

ACIH Advisors on this Project

DC’s – Joseph Brimhall, DC, Bill Meeker, DC, PhD, John Scaringe, DC, EdD, & Mike Wiles, DC, MEd

LAc’s – Steve Given, DAOM, LAc, Stacy Gomes, EdD, Mark McKenzie, LAc & Belinda Anderson, LAc, PhD

ND’s – JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH, Rita Bettenburg, Christa Louise, MS, PhD, & Paul Mittman, ND, EdD