New JACM Column Partnership with the Osher Collaborative for Integrative Medicine
Osher Collaborative Forum: Outlooks, Opinions & Opportunities
Weeks, John. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. February 2018, 24(2): 99-100.
“In the late 1990s in North America, the public interest in complementary and traditional medicine products, practices, and practitioners began taking organized form inside conventional academic medicine. Chaotic emergence of complementary and alternative medicine initiatives in multiple medical schools began to fuse into a movement for advancing research and practice on “integrative medicine” and later, “integrative health.” An organization and research meetings were created.
JACM is pleased to announce that one of the newly endowed Osher Collaborative’s first projects is a partnership that will connect them with researchers, educators, clinicians, and policy makers across 170 nations.
This is JACM’s reach. Once each quarter, members from the Osher Collaborative will produce an invited commentary as part of the Osher Collaborative Forum: Outlooks, Opinions and Opportunities.
The first, in this issue, strikes an expansive note. Maria Chao and Shelley Adler from the UCSF Center examine links between integrative medicine and health justice. The timely theme asks us to take the whole person integrative perspective beyond the clinical frame. The subject is well aligned with the focus of the June 2018 conference of the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US) organization, which will be held in Washington, DC: “Justice and Equity in Policy and Practice.” The focus on health justice reflects the WHO’s mission to optimize the use of traditional, complementary, and integrative products, practices, and practitioners in providing primary care for all. A good launch for the column.”