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Alert: Your Input Sought by IHPC on Next Steps for Federal Policy Action PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Alert: Your Input Sought by Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) on Next Steps for Federal Policy Action

Summary: Here is your chance to influence the direction of the most significant lobbying coalition working to advance integrated healthcare in federal policy. The Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC -www.ihpc.info) has posted a 10 question Survey Monkey poll through which they are soliciting your input. The organization, led by Janet Kahn, PhD, executive director and Len Wisneski, MD, chair, also sent a report to their e-list on their recent action to advance integrative practices and integrated treatment. One IHPC priority: lobbying specific members of the integrative practice community onto new panels established in the Obama-Pelosi healthcare overhaul bill. Here is your link to the survey and the IHPC update. Be heard!
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Click here to go directly to the IHPC survey.
Sign-up for IHPC's Online Action Network here.


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Whatever one thinks of the 2010 Congressional healthcare overhaul law, there is no doubt that integrative health care practitioners, complementary and alternative medicine and integrated care gained unprecedented inclusion and visibility. (See
Reference Guide: Language/Sections on CAM and Integrative Practice in HR 3590-Healthcare Overhaul.)

   
 IHPC's Partners for Health

American Association for
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Bastyr University

Five Branches University

National Certification Board for
Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

National Center for Homeopathy

Oregon College of
Oriental Medicine

Palmer Center for Chiropractic
Health Policy

Tai Sophia Institute

For information, click here.



    
The Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC), a multidisciplinary 501c4 lobbying organization, was instrumental in creating some of those important advances. IHPC had a hand in others. The direction of this organization, presently guided by Janet Kahn, PhD, executive director and Len Wisneski, MD, chair, is set by recognized leaders from integrative medicine (MD), acupuncture and Oriental medicine, chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, midwifery and homeopathy. A similar range is evidence in the institutions that are IHPC's financial backers. (See side-bar and the IHPC's Partners for Health program.)

IHPC is now seeking your input on its next steps. The
10-question Survey Monkey poll is available here. Topics include appointments to panels, non-discrimination and the potential in forming coalitions with environmental organizations to better address certain determinants of health. Click in. Participate.

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In IHPC's June 2010 communication with those on their Online Action Network (sign up here), the organization shared areas of its recent action since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. Topping the list are:

  • Monitoring rule-making to influence the rules that will govern implementation of the new law.
  • Working to get integrative practice-friendly professionals on some of the law's new committees and commissions.
  • Engaging the dialogue on the implementation of sections of the massive law that will not be in effect until 2014, including the non-discrimination provision.
  • Helping your voice be heard through getting the right messages to the right people through the IHPC's Online Action Network.
  • Promoting a more significant focus on primary prevention and health promotion in what IHPC calls "integrated healthcare 2.0" which it sees as the next and more substantive stage of reform.

The IHPC's 10-question Survey Monkey poll is the organization's effort to gain additional guidance from the broad integrative practice community that it views as its constituency.
Note on alignment of interest: I was involved with the founding of IHPC, served on its first steering committee and while no longer directly involved, continue to believe deeply that IHPC, or a consortium like IHPC, can and must be active and empowered if we are to optimally move integrative concepts and practices in US healthcare policy and clinical delivery.

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IHPC Executive Director Janet Kahn, PhD
Comment
: In a March 2010 Integrator article on a transition in the organization's leadership in which Len Wisneski, MD took over as chair, I commented at some length on IHPC's strengths and challenges.  Executive director Janet Kahn, PhD, shares with the Integrator that the organization has good news to report since. Palmer Center for Chiropractic Health Policy became the organization's newest Partner for Health. In addition, according to Kahn, Palmer's vice-chancellor Christine Goertz, PhD, DC, an Integrator adviser, is likely to join IHPC's multi-disciplinary board following a July.

Here's hoping that literally scores of other institutions will become IHPC's partners and chip in so that IHPC's priorities already set, and those set through the survey, can be successfully realized. If you are part of an organization, check it out. The cost is not prohibitive.

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