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Vision, Mission, Audience PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

 

Vision, Mission, Audience, Tools

Shaping an Industry, Creating Health

Vision

"We envision a healthcare system that is multidisciplinary and enhances competence, mutual respect and collaboration across all healthcare disciplines. This system will deliver effective care that is patient-centered, focused on health creation and healing and readily accessible to all populations."

This is the vision statement established by the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care: Creating Common Ground. (See the Progress Report under core resources.) For the past two years, I have had the opportunity to serve as the director of this initiative, which is led by educator-leaders representing 12 disciplines. The vision we collaboratively established is one that this publication endorses.

Mission: The Role of The Integrator Blog

In default mode, most of us focus on the particular challenges of our own disciplines or stakeholder groups. We return to the known. Integration, by nature, asks us to open our peripheral visions. We are served to look at the whole of the field. We need to develop new fascia, new connectivity. Opportunities crop up in new places. These News and Reports are meant to give provide you with tools, insights and connections to enhance integrated care in the environment you serve.

We are, though often loosely conjoined, a subset of the broader healthcare industry. We share -- to greater and lesser degrees -- a desire to transform the conventional sytem. My bias is that we will ultimately have more leverage if we learn better how to work together, whether in our clinics, our regions, or nationally. When I began publishing my first hard-copy newsletter in this field, The Integrator for the Business of Alternative Medicine, I announced the mission this way:

Shaping an Industry, Creating Health.

This mission remains.

Audience

Advancing integrated health care is a passion of a subset of leaders of health professions disciplines, educational institutions, hospitals, natural products manufacturers, philanthropy, government agencies, insurers and employers. Many in each of our own fields scoff at the investment of energy in developing new relationships. As such, we are yet an agglomeration of minorities.

It is each of you as change agents which The Integrator Blog is meant to serve. Please feel free to pass on this link to any of your colleagues.

Tools the Blog-form Offers

The blog form offers many possibilities for advancing the mission. Among these are:

  • Facilitating comments and feedback.
  • Polling of readers. On what subject would you like to see a poll?
  • Commentary and columns from other community members.
  • Forums.

 

Much of this will develop in time. The Integrator Blog is presently a one-person shop. We will focus on the News and Reports, and develop the rest one-step at a time.

I look forward to your ideas and suggestions

 

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