We are honored to collaborate with Andrew Weil Fellowship program to present to their fellowship alumni about engaging in policy and advocacy.  You can view more information about this meeting and agenda here.

Session Background:

This session will provide practitioners an understanding of the current coverage landscape, policy gaps that must be addressed if care delivery is to improve, and the ethical obligation that healthcare providers have to participate in the formation of healthcare policy. Practitioners will learn about the types of policies and policymakers that affect access to integrative care, the moral and ethical imperative for health care providers to participate in the creation of health care policy, and options for engaging in advocacy efforts related to expanding access to guideline-concordant integrative care.

References and Resources

Background, Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Mgmt

Why is Advocacy important


    Excellent examples from a growing many

    Some stories about:

    Integration and Cultural Incompatibilities
    Whole Systems Within Whole Systems: The Oregon Health Plan’s Expansion of Services for Back and Neck Pain

    Low Back Pain Examples

    Acupuncture Examples

    Other Examples

    National Academies of Medicine

    Blog about Whole Health and Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)

    IOM 2011 Report, Relieving Pain in America

    National Pain Strategy Report

    NAM Opioid Action Collaborative

    Financing that Rewards Better Health and Well-Being: A Workshop Series – National Academy of Medicine

    NAM NonPharm Workshop Proceedings 2019 (PDF)

    Resources at the VA/DOD