About the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC)
The Integrative Health Policy Consortium's mission advocates for an integrative healthcare system with equal access to the full range of health-oriented, person-centered, regulated healthcare professionals. IHPC is a consortium of 15 associations and educational institutions collectively representing over 400,000 practitioners and by extension, millions of patients.
Our public policy agenda focuses on creating an integrative healthcare system nationwide. Integrative health care is more than integrative medicine. Integrative healthcare gives people access to all the forms of healthcare that are safe and well-regulated in this country, including: conventional medicine (which includes integrative medicine as an emerging discipline), allied health professions (such as nursing, physical therapy, social work, psychology, etc.), traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic, therapeutic massage, naturopathic medicine, holistic nursing, direct-entry midwifery, and whole foods nutrition.
Our legislative agenda includes seeing that Congress provides support for both the infrastructure and the research needed to create and sustain a patient-centered, cost-effective integrative healthcare system. Right now, IHPC's strategic projects include the consumer-facing grassroots advocacy initiative, "CoverMyCare", (www.covermycare.org), and presenting Congressional briefings to educate legislators and policy makers about the cost-effectiveness and strong health outcomes of integrative healthcare.