Pre-Congress Workshops

 

The below pre-congress workshops will take place on Tuesday, May 17. Pre-registration is required to attend these workshops, and additional fees may apply. Visit the registration page for more details. 

 

9:00 - 12:00 

 

14:00 - 17:00

 

 

9:00 - 12:00 

 

Discrimination in Practice - The History of Discrimination in Integrative Health Care and What to Do About It

Policy


At the invitational policy event on September 29, 2014 at Georgetown University, "A Call to Action on Integrative Health and Medicine Policy - Advancing the Legacy of US Senator Tom Harkin" to assess the state of the integrative health care field in light of Sen Harkin's immeasurable vision and efforts, one of the common themes that presenters brought to light repeatedly was the need for community in the IHC field and the importance of consciously rejecting action taken within silos.  While there has been obvious progress in US health policy that advances the field and practice of IHC, there is a concerted need for organizations to join forces with intentionality and purpose.  During the Harkin symposium, participants had an opportunity to reflect on the content of the day and commit to taking action personally or as a group of any new initiative or renewed focus.  This pre-congress workshop continues in that spirit, and is a reflection of multiple organizations coming together to share valuable information about current initiatives in health care policy.  In doing so, the landscape of advocacy and policy will be clear to the workshop participants, and the opportunities for advocacy highlighted.  IHPC, AIHM, ACIMH, Rand Corporation and ACCAHC will each provide speakers representing relevant and evolving integrative health policy issues that impact patients and providers alike.

 

Presented By: 

  • Gerard Clum, DC; Past President, Life Chiropractic College West; Treasurer, IHPC; Presidential Liaison for External Affairs at Life University, Treasurer, IHPC, Life University and IHPC, San Rafael, CA, United States
  • Ian Coulter, PhD, Senior Health Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, United States
  • Janet Kahn, PhD, LMT; Senior Policy Advisory, ACIMH, Co Chair, Policy Sub-Committee ICIMH Congress, ACIMH, Burlington, VT, United States
  • Bill Reddy, LAc, At Large Board Member, IHPC, Co-Chair, Federal Policy Committee, IHPC, Annandale, VA, United States
  • Michael Traub, ND, At Large Board Member, IHPC, Chair, IHPC Nondiscrimination Committee, IHPC, Kailua Kona, HI, United States
  • James Whedon, DC, MS, Director of Health Services Research, SCU Health System, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA, United States

 

Hands On Fascial Approaches for Low Back Pain 

Clinical 


In 2010 the NIH estimated the total financial costs of low back to society, combining health care cost estimates and three productivity estimates, at between $560 - $635 billion dollars. Nearly 30% more than the combined cost of cancer and diabetes. There are no indicators that this has substantially dropped in the last 5 years.    It is clear that we need new, safe approaches to more successfully treat low back pain which is nearing epidemic proportion.    In this short course you will learn both new fascial plane techniques and patho-anatomical strategies for  successfully treating low back pain. We will examine the underlying biomechanical causes of LBP and gain a better understand of how form, or posture, informs function. You will learn patho-anatomical analyses protocols to create better strategies for diagnosing and treating the biomechanical causes of low back pain and be introduced to hands-on fascial and myofascial plane techniques to create long lasting, positive structural changes.

 

Presented By: 

  • David Lesondak, Board Certified Structural Integrator, UPMC - Center for Integrative Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

 

 

Integrative Medicine Group Visits: A Training in Facilitation Skills

Clinical

 

Integrative Medical Group Visits (IMGV) are being used for an increasing number of health care conditions, aimed at both preventive self-care and management of chronic illnesses. At the heart of this care model, is active facilitation by a clinician to enhance patient provider communication, provide education, and lead non-pharmacologic treatment experiences such as mediation and acupressure. The purpose of this session is to review styles and practice facilitation skills for group visit models, with particular emphasis on integrative medicine-based group care and the nuts and bolts in running a integrative medicine group. This session will also feature: (1) methods of group-based facilitation; (2) strengths and challenges for group facilitation; (3) active practice of facilitation skills; and (4) practical tips for patient education materials.

 

Presented By: 

  • Paula Gardiner, Assistant Professor, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA, United States

  • Jeffrey Geller, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lawrence, MA, United States

  • Katherine Gergen-Barnett, Assistant Professor, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA, United States

 

 

Mind/Body Skills For Pediatric Pain Management Across The Spectrum: From Conventional to Complementary

Education


Mind/Body skills are clearly safe and efficacious in the management of acute and chronic pediatric pain. This workshop will review the spectrum of therapies in this domain from mainstream approaches such as CBT, DBT, ACT, distraction  and education, to complementary strategies including hypnosis and mindfulness. Faculty will also focus on newer high-tech healing options including mobile apps, biofeedback, cranial electrotherapeutic stimulation, and audiovisual entrainment.

 

Presented By: 
  • Gerard Banez, PhD, Director: Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, United States
  • David Becker, MD, MA, LFMT, Pediatric Pain and Integrative Medicine Clinic, UCSF OSHER Center for Integrative Medicine, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Melanie Brown, MD, MSE, FAAP, Director Comer Pediatric Comfort Team, National Leadership Team Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency, University of Chicago, Department of Pediatrics The University of Chicago & Biological Sciences, Chicago, IL, United States
  • Timothy Culbert, MD, Medical Director: Integrative Medicine, Prairie Care Medical Group, Chaska, MN, United States
  • Hilary McClafferty, Interim Director, Fellowship Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics Assistant Professor, Medicine, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson, AZ, United States
  • Jody Thomas, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, United States

 

 

Mixing Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Integrative Medicine Research

Research
 

Our recent review (Bishop & Holmes 2013, eCAM) showed that very few papers in integrative medicine journals use either qualitative or mixed methods.  Integrative medicine research could benefit from more use of qualitative methods to supplement and complement the quantitative methods which currently predominate.  However, combining qualitative and quantitative methods is potentially difficult and contentious, because profound differences in epistemological frameworks are typically associated with the different approaches.  This workshop will begin by reviewing the differences between qualitative and quantitative approaches; identifying potential pitfalls of mixing qualitative and quantitative methods and how to avoid them; and discussing the conceptual challenges of mixing methods. We will briefly explore pragmatic theory as one approach to resolving these challenges, in which the integrity of qualitative and quantitative methods are retained thus avoiding the potential pitfall of "mixing up" methods and creating muddled research.  In a pragmatic approach, the added value of using mixed methods comes from relating the insights from one component to the other, whether that happens sequentially or otherwise.  We will then turn to the practical challenges of how to design and conduct high quality mixed methods research.  Participants will be introduced to a selection of fundamental mixed methods designs, their strengths and limitations for integrative medicine research.  Working in small groups participants will begin to design their own mixed methods studies. The presenter will use examples from the literature and from her own research on integrative medicine topics throughout.

 

 

Presented By: 
  • Felicity Bishop, Lecturer in Health Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

 

 

NCCIH Career Development Opportunities

Research


The purpose of the workshop will be to provide attendees with information about research fellowships and career development opportunities in complementary and integrative health by providing an understanding of the various types of fellowships and other career opportunities. The workshop will highlight the NCCIH's research priorities, the value of mentoring and networking in career development, and specific research fellowships and career development opportunities available from NCCIH. The application and review process will also be addressed, as well as developing a research scope and hypothesis in human mechanistic and clinical studies.

 

Presented By: 
  • Wen G. Chen, Program Director, Natiional Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), Bethesda, MD, United States
  • Emmeline Edwards, PhD, Director, Division of Extramural Research, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), Bethesda, MD, United States
  • Partap S. Khalsa, Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Research, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), Bethesda, MD, United States
  • Eve Reider, Program Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), Bethesda, MD, United States
  • Martina Schmidt, Scientific Review Officer, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), Bethesda, MD, United States
  • Wendy J. Weber, Branch Chief, Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), Bethesda, MD, United States
  • John S. Williamson, Branch Chief, Basic and Mechanistic Research in Complementary and Integrative Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), Bethesda, MD, United States

 

 

14:00 - 17:00

 

 

Authentic Leadership with Bill George

 

Bill George is professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is the author of four best-selling books: 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership.  With co-author Doug Baker he recently published True North Groups.

 

Mr. George is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic.  He joined Medtronic in 1989 as president and chief operating officer, was chief executive officer from 1991-2001, and board chair from 1996-2002.  Earlier in his career, he was a senior executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense.

 

Mr. George currently serves as director of ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, and the Mayo Clinic and also served on the board of Novartis and Target Corporation.  He is currently a trustee of the World Economic Forum USA and Guthrie Theater and a former Trustee of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  He has served as board chair for Allina Health System, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, United Way of the Greater Twin Cities, and Advamed.

 

He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012.  He has been named one of "Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years" by PBS; "Executive of the Year-2001" by the Academy of Management; and "Director of the Year-2001-02" by the National Association of Corporate Directors.  Mr. George has made frequent appearances on television and radio and his articles have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and numerous publications.

 

Mr. George received his BSIE with high honors from Georgia Tech, his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar, and honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech, Bryant University, and University of St. Thomas.  During 2002-03 he was professor at IMD International and Ecole Polytechnique in Lausanne, Switzerland, and executive-in-residence at Yale School of Management. 

 

Presented By: 

  • Bill George, Professor of Management Practices, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA, USA

 

 

Ensuring the Viability of Integrative Healthcare through Smart Policy

Policy


This workshop offers an educational introduction to the history and current state of Integrative Healthcare Policy, with the aim of preparing attendees to engage in discussion of a central dilemma. The dilemma is that despite great advances in the integrative healthcare (IHC) evidence base, widespread public use and acceptance of IHC practices, increased presence of IHC in clinical settings, and recognition of IHC within the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the provision of integrative healthcare in the United States remains financially challenging. Presentations will cover relevant CPT coding and valuation procedures, challenges enmeshed in both old and new healthcare payment models, the growing threat of healthcare systems and insurers that may be too large to provide the patient-centered care to which they aspire, and organizational structures created by the ACA that are behaving in ways unanticipated in the law. The second half of the workshop will be a combination of large and small group discussion focused on 1) identification of practice changes that providers and patients believe would enhance the delivery and quality of integrative healthcare; 2) potential policy routes to those changes; 3) barriers/challenges to such changes; and 4) ways to approach these challenges. It is assumed that many attendees will be relatively mature in their healthcare provision, and relatively new to healthcare policy.

 

Presented By: 

  • Alan Dumoff, Lawyer, Private Practice and legal counsel to the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM), Gaithersburg, MD, United States
  • Janet Kahn, PhD, LMT; Senior Policy Advisory, ACIMH, Co Chair, Policy Sub-Committee ICIMH Congress, ACIMH, Burlington, VT, United States
  • Bruce Milliman, ND and founding member, Seattle Healing Arts Center, Seattle, WA, United States

 

 

Introducing the Integrative Medicine Decision Toolkit

Policy


This workshop presents the recently developed Integrative Medicine (IM) Decision Toolkit that was developed in response to the challenges facing decision makers when evaluating Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM). Guidelines and checklists are available for appraising evidence and developing clinical practice guidelines. None exist that offer a systematic method for determining how best to use the available evidence to guide the integration of T&CM into health services, especially when there is insufficient evidence to make a strong recommendation. The toolkit encourages a comprehensive, systematic assessment of all relevant evidence. It enables the direct comparison of otherwise diverse therapies, often with different types and quality of research supporting their use. This is a practical tool, designed for use in the real world of healthcare. During the workshop, participants break into small groups and apply the toolkit. Participants will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback about the tool and engage in its ongoing development. Clinicians and health service managers who are responsible for deciding whether to integrate a therapy into their clinical practice or health service, and those developing health policy and clinical guidelines would benefit from using this tool.

 

Presented By: 

  • Lesley Braun, Adjunct Associate Professor, National Institute of Complementary Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, Australia
  • Jennifer Hunter, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute of Complementary Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, Australia
  • Matthew Leach, Senior Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

 

 

Mindfulness and Relational Neuroscience: The Real Foundation for Health Coaching

Clinical


Individual behaviors are experienced as single events: I swallow a bite of cake, I sit on the couch, I write this sentence. Behaviors, however, are not single events but the result of myriad thoughts, emotions, sensations, and urges to act - all bundled together neurologically.  Behavior sequences are even more complex. Changing behavior patterns, thus, requires an enormous unwinding of this complex bundle that can be facilitated by mindfulness and strong interpersonal connection, particularly when employed during health coaching.  Emerging neuroscience findings on mindfulness and relationships help explain the power of integrative health coaching.  In particular, the workshop will briefly summarize the research on major Central Nervous System areas (anterior cingulate cortex, dopamine reward system, mirror neurons, smart vagus, insula) that have evolved our knowledge about behaviors, habits, values, deep-seated emotions, and human motivation.  More importantly, this workshop will then utilize experiential learning to explore these neurobiological findings first hand, to provide participants with new skills to assist patients/clients in working through difficult negative emotional content, support sustainable behavior change, and incorporate new approaches into the clinician's or coach's clinical practice to simultaneously prevent burnout while enhancing compassion.  The workshop will include tools one can integrate into daily clinical care.      

 

Presented By: 

  • Karen Goble, Director of Continuing Medical Education, Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Fayetteville, LA, United States
  • Meg Jordan, Department Chair and Professor of Integrative Health Studies and Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Julie Kosey, MBSR Instructor & Integrative Health Coach, Multiple Organizations, Asheville, NC, United States
  • Linda Manning, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, United States
  • Blaire Morriss, Clinical Leader of Health Coaching, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, United States
  • Ruth Wolever, Director of Health Coaching at Vanderbilt, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, United States

 

 

Policy and the Economics of Integrative Medicine

Research 

 

Economic evaluation is necessary, but not sufficient, for the wider acceptance of integrative medicine in the healthcare policy. It is necessary because in the absence of empirical data many policy makers assume that the therapies used in integrative medicine will be cost "add ons"-i.e., they are believed to only increase overall healthcare costs, and in this era of unsustainable healthcare cost escalation, this makes proposals for integrative medicine approaches non-starters. We should also note that economic evaluations are not sufficient in themselves to change policy. This is because policy makers can still choose to ignore the evidence; as they often do with the economics of conventional therapies. Nevertheless, in addition to efforts to demonstrate the safety, efficacy and effectiveness of integrative health approaches, we must also provide information on their costs, and potential for cost savings. The overall goals of this workshop are threefold: 1) to introduce participants to economic evaluation and its policy-related purpose and uses; 2) to enable participants to better interpret the economic evaluation literature; and 3) to prepare those interested in performing an economic evaluation. This workshop will use a combination of lecture and individual and whole and small group exercises to give participants a strong foundation in economic evaluation in general, and the cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, and cost-benefit analysis of integrative medicine specifically. Participants will also benefit from a list of resources offering additional information on the topics covered.

 

Presented By: 

  • Patricia Herman, Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, United States
  • Claudia Witt, Director and Professor of Medicine, Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Zurich, Switzerland

 

 

The National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare - Enhancing Interprofessional Integrative Health Education - Complimentary to All Attendees

Education


Evidence for the clinical and cost effectiveness of integrative healthcare is accruing; however a shortage of trained integrative health providers has hindered wide-spread adoption of these approaches into the healthcare system. The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) in collaboration with the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health received a HRSA grant to establish the National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare (NCIPH) to address this need. The NCIPH supports the incorporation of competency- and evidence-based Integrative Healthcare (IH) curricula into educational programs. The ultimate goal of this project is to transform primary care health professional education to include an emphasis on providing an integrative approach to patient care utilizing an interprofessional collaborative team. The NCIPH established competencies, developed curricula and best practices taking into consideration the determinants of health including physical and social environment, individual health behaviors and health services related to the practice of IH to effect health outcomes. The NCIPH interprofessional leadership team established a shared set of meta-competencies in integrative healthcare for primary care disciplines. The meta-competencies and needs assessment results served as a base for developing a 45-hour online interprofessional curriculum for primary care education training programs, Foundations in Integrative Health. An overview of the progress of the NCIPH in achieving these goals will be presented. Participatory activities will address strategies for advancing and incorporating IH principles into primary care education and developing onsite activities to complement an online IH course.

 

Presented By: 

  • Audrey Brooks, Research Associate, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson, AZ, United States
  • Maryanna Klatt, Associate Professor Clinical Family Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, United States
  • Benjamin Kligler, Vice Chair and Research Director, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Department of Integrative Medicine, New York, NY, United States
  • Mary Koithan, College of Nursing Associate Dean, Professional / Community Engagement - Nursing Associate Professor, Nursing Research Assistant Professor, Medicine Research Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine Endowed Professor, Ann Furrow - College of Nursing, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States 
  • Elizabeth Goldblatt PhD, MPA/HA, Co-Executive Director of the Academic Consortium for Complementary & Alternative Health Care, Seattle, WA, United States
  • Mary Jo Kreitzer, Founder and Director, Center for Spirituality & Healing and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • Patricia Lebensohn, Director, Integrative Medicine in Residency, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson, AZ, United States
  • Hilary McClafferty, Interim Director, Fellowship Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics Assistant Professor, Medicine, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson, AZ, United States
  • Douglas Taren, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs-Public Health Professor, Public Health Adjunct Professor, Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States