About the Academic Collaborative for integrative Health

The Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH, formerly known as (ACCAHC) educates, convenes and advocates for the optimal inclusion of the values, practices and disciplines associated with integrative health and medicine. Our mission is to enhance health by cultivating partnerships and advancing interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Membership includes 18 national organizations, 35 individual colleges and universities and 17 associate organizations. Core members are the councils of colleges, accrediting agencies recognized by the US Department of education, and certification and testing organizations associated with integrative health and medicine fields. The five core membership disciplines are acupuncture and Oriental medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine and direct entry midwifery. Additional members are organizations from emerging and traditional world medicine professions such as: Yoga therapy, Ayurvedic medicine and homeopathy.  The Collaborative has four very active working groups – education, clinical care, research and policy. Working group members consist of representatives from our various disciplines. 


ACIH fosters collaboration and is engaged in projects with many organizations including AIHM, PAINS, IMPriME, UAzCIM/National Center for Primary Integrative Health and ACIMH. The Collaborative also is a voice for IHM as an active member of the Institute of Medicine Global Forum on Innovations in Health Professional Education. An additional key initiative is the Center for Optimal Integration: Creating Health (www.optimalintegration.org). The Center houses the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation-funded Project to Enhance Research Literacy (PERL) and the incentive-aligning Project for Integrative Health and the Triple Aim (PIHTA). Other projects have included publication of the Clinicians’ and Educators’ Desk Reference on the Licensed Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Professions, a white paper on roles of ACIH disciplines in meeting the nation’s primary care needs, and the PAINS policy brief Never Only Opioids.  


For more information, visit www.accahc.org.