Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US)
Hosted by Northwestern Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Equity and Healing: Integrative Approaches to Bridging Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Care
The 7th annual IM4US conference will be held at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on August 24-26, 2017. The aim of IM4US is to reduce health disparity caused by poverty, racism, and the social determinants of health through integrative medicine. A long list of chronic illnesses disproportionately affect the poor, with the incidence of chronic pain, mental illness, coronary disease, diabetes, and toxin exposure each between one and a half to eight times their incidence in the general population. As conventional medicine has moved excessively towards a focus on surgeries and pharmaceuticals, it leaves integrative medicine with much to offer to patients with chronic illness. Many of these health issues resist conventional care, at least as it is most often delivered today, yet respond robustly to integrative approaches, and many of these can be provided at low cost.
Our target audience is health care providers, healers, administrators, and staff that provide integrative care to the underserved or who desire to incorporate integrative care to their patients. This includes medical doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners, herbalists, acupuncturists, community health workers, health educators, naturopathic doctors, osteopathic doctors, physician assistants, homeopaths, midwives, dieticians, and clinical nutritionists. We welcome administrators, public health workers, researchers, policy analysts, activists, and members of underserved communities.