Report on this February 25-27, 2009 meeting by Ann Fonfa, President of The Annie Appleseed Project.
About 600 people attended this exciting meeting - many of them the well-known names in Integrative medicine.
It is very exciting that the Institute of Medicine is examing ways to integrate healthcare. Their attention is a powerful incentive for others to finally accept this type of medicine. Patients and advocates have spoken on this issue for years, and it is understood that the movement for natural therapies in oncology is patient-driven.
Natl Summit on Integrative Medicine & Public Health
February 25-27, 2009
National Academy of Sciences’ Building
2100 C St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Advocates were WELCOME but there were no scholarships available.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and The Bravewell Collaborative partnered to convene a summit that explored the science and practice of integrative medicine — health care that addressed together the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of the healing process — for improving the breadth and depth of patient-centered care and promoting the nation's health.
Dr. Ralph Snyderman was chair of the Summit Planning Committee and Ellen Stovall, of National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship was on the committee.
The speakers were split between people who worked with at least one foot in the Integrative camp and those who prefaced their remarks by stating they did not really know why they were chosen to speak.
More to come
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