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Written by John Weeks   

 

 

Origins and Accomplishments

The Integrator Blog is a direct descendant of a series of hard-copy and electronic news letters which have served the integrative medicine and integrated health care fields since 1997. The Integrator for the Business of Alternative Medicine was one in a series of monthly, hard-copy newsletters written by John Weeks continuously during the early formative years of CAM integration 1997 through 2001.

The newsletter’s pioneering information-sharing reports include the Integrative Clinic Benchmarking Survey and the CAM Network Executive Survey. The newsletter was owned for part of its life by Integrative Medicine Communications, for which Weeks also wrote a series of in-depth reports on parts of the industry, before that company went the way of most dot-com firms in 2002.

Service/Accomplishments

The Integrator was considered by many to be the journal of record for the business of the emerging field of integrative medicine and integrated healthcare. The Integrator was widely referenced, including such media as the New York Times, Newsweek, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Houston Chronicle. Many foundational reports on the evolving field used or cited The Integrator, including the White House Commission on CAM Policy (2002), the Bravewell Collaborative’s Clohesy Report (2003) and Institute of Medicine’s CAM in the United States (2005). Harvard Medical School’s David Eisenberg, MD, has called Weeks’ work both “a reality check” and “an enormous contribution to this entire field of inquiry.”

Electronic News Files (1998-2004)

A direct antecedent to the electronic Integrator Blog News and Reports was a separate electronic publication, then entitled The Integrator Industry Health News Files and later the CHRF News Files, which Weeks wrote every three weeks from 1998-2002. (The CHRF News Files were published through the Collaboration for Healthcare Renewal Foundation -- CHRF.) When Weeks went on sabbatical, the News Files were written for two additional years by Elaine Zablocki. Charlie Priester served as the copy editor for both the hard-copy and electronic publications; Lucy Gonda played a critical role in producing the News Files the final three years.

The Present Incarnation

Evolving technology allows the news, news files and reports -- with their organizing and networking missions -- into what I hope will be an optimally accessible and useful format here at The Integrator Blog. In time, I hope to add additional columns and voices. Please let us know your suggestions and ideas!

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