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Integrative Health Consortium Celebrates John Weeks' Contributions as He Steps Down
Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) Produces Significant Impact
ACCAHC's Chronicle of Accomplishment ( http://www.accahc.org/
One of the volunteer co-founders of the organization in 2004, Weeks was retained for 30 hours/month as its second executive director in January 2007. ACCAHC has since grown and transformed from a project of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (www.ihpc.org)
Elizabeth A. Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA, ACCAHC's chair and former long-time leader of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, states: "John's work has been extraordinary. He's built bridges with multiple national organizations, federal agencies and academic institutions. He is the most prolific and productive person I have ever met. Through his work we've been able to make some remarkable strides."
In Weeks' term, ACCAHC has:
Grown to include 14 core organizational members that are councils of colleges, accrediting agencies, certification and testing organizations from the licensed integrative health and medicine fields, plus 4 emerging professions organizations.
A six-fold increase in the organization's annual revenues.
Created key interprofessional tools such as ACCAHC's highly-regarded Clinician's and Educators Desk Reference on the Licensed Complementary and Integrative Health Professions (2009; second edition 2013), (www.accahc.org/
Added 40 individual university and college members plus a dozen Associate Members organizations.
Inserted ACCAHC's professions more deeply in the primary care dialogue through a partnership with UCLA's Michael Goldstein, PhD that produced the impactful white paper: Meeting the National Primary Care Needs: The Roles of Doctors of Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicine, Practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Direct-Entry Midwives (www.accahc.org/
Developed a group of philanthropic partners whose generosity has typically quadrupled the organization's revenue base and thus its ability to advance integrative health and medicine.
Created the ACCAHC web-portal and organizing base for transformation called the Center for Optimal Integration:
Significantly influenced three separate Institute of Medicine initiatives involving the role of integrative medicine (2008-2009), pain care (2010-2011) and interprofessionalism (2012-present)
Served as the only U.S. presence, with Weeks the invited participant, at two Hong Kong workgroups that supported creation of the WHO 2014-2023 Traditional Medicine Strategy.
Co-sponsored the International Congress on Education in Complementary and Integrative Medicine with Georgetown University and the 61 conventional academic health centers in the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, with Weeks on the organizing committee.
Secured from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation what may be the first grants from a blue-chip national foundation to an integrative health and medicine health professional initiative.
Served as a partner organization, with Weeks on the Steering Committee, of the HRSA-funded Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine initiative of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Developed the Project for Integrative Health and the Triple Aim to stimulate engagement of all stakeholders in the powerful alignment of integrative health and medicine with the movement in regular medicine toward values-based care.
ACCAHC board member William Meeker, DC, MPH, the founding director of the NIH-funded Chiropractic Research Center and current president of Palmer College of Chiropractic West, recalls when ACCAHC was working to urge the NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health to focus on whole practice, real world research: "John orchestrated a meeting at NCCIH in Bethesda with an interdisciplinary group of several of us. As a team we made quite an effective and detailed case for why NCCIH needed to re-conceptualize its funding decisions and to understand that the so-called 'CAM' professions are true scientific stakeholders of the agency."
Weeks will continue to be involved in one or more ACCAHC projects while expanding his writing and reporting and also "opening the windows to what else might be next." He credits "an incredibly dedicated staff and a remarkable set of ACCAHC volunteers – we draw from college presidents, deans, national organization CEOs and other proven leaders to multiply many times over what funded time alone could produce." He adds: "Behind the work has been a handful of powerful investors without whom very little of what we did could have been accomplished. Thank you Lucy Gonda, Ruth Westreich, Lynne Rosenthal, and Sharon Weil! It's been a good run."
In May 2015, ACCAHC joined with two other consortia and others to honor Weeks' 30 years in the field by presenting him with a Lifetime Achievement Living Tribute Award (www.accahc.org/
Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) ACCAHC is a 501c3 organization, for information on current or past projects, see Chronicle of Accomplishment (http://accahc.org/
Page Updated Last on: Jun 11, 2015