Integrative Medicine for the Underserved is a collaborative, multidisciplinary group of people committed to affordable, accessible integrative health care for all. Through outreach, education, research, and advocacy, we support those dedicated to promoting health in underserved populations. Together we work to shift the current paradigm towards wellness, prevention, patient empowerment, and self-care.
- We believe health care is a right.
- We believe optimal health care focuses on wellness as much as on treating disease.
- We believe optimal health care addresses mind, body, and spirit.
- We believe that the social determinants of health must be addressed.
- We believe in the power of integrating diverse health care modalities and disciplines.
- We believe underserved patients and those providing their care need unique kinds of support.
- We believe collaboration and sharing improves patient outcomes and inspires providers to remain whole-heartedly engaged in this work.
Integrate! is an integrated grass roots Trauma-Informed Community Network of social workers, educators, yoga teachers, therapists, nurses, artists, parents, foster parents, counselors, massage therapists, doctors and other human service providers—as well as survivors that are dedicated to street level resiliency and healing across America. Integrate! creates social networking opportunities for professionals and individuals wanting to learn more about Trauma Smart Practices to connect and support each other. By using a variety of embodied ways that minimize the effects of compassion fatigue, the network helps to increase the capacity for professionals and parents to show up for their clients, students, families, and children, with the capacity to provide compassionate and Trauma Smart Practices. By integrating powerful resources across America, our national approach offers a wider scale of knowledge on healing through resiliency building and self-care for professionals and survivors. Integrate! was originally founded in St. Louis as the Trauma-Informed Network of St. Louis, where its head quarters still remain.
To act out the six trauma smart practices within our collaborations among members of the group, wider community, our professional spaces and ourselves.
- Peer Support
- Empowerment, Voice, Choice
- Cultural Considerations
- Trustworthiness and Transparency
- Connect professionals serving communities with high instances of trauma to community resources that can help them empower their clients and students to live resilient lives.
- Create grass roots networking and training opportunities on timely related issues under the umbrella of trauma informed care.
- Provide opportunities to learn about The Healing Arts, such as trauma-informed yoga practices, holistic therapy, alongside engaging, practical, and Trauma Smart workshops.
- Connect and empower survivors to feel safe within a community of human beings who have their back and are passionate about safe and trauma-informed healing.
The Section on Integrative Medicine (SOIM) was established to develop and identify educational opportunities and to advocate for research on Integrative Medicine in pediatrics.
Its mission is to support the overall AAP mission to promote optimal health and wellbeing for all children by:
- Promoting policies to enhance patient-centered care
- Integrating evidence-based, safe and effective complementary therapies into high quality pediatric practice.
- Educating clinicians and families; promoting research on commonly used integrative therapies
- Advocating for appropriate payment for safe and effective services
- respectfully collaborating with diverse health professionals dedicated to enhancing the health of infants, children, and adolescents.
Anu French is a member of the SOIM and her blog on Sound Healing was featured in a recent SOIM newsletter to read the full article click on https://downloads.aap.org/dopcsp/soimnewsletterfall_2017.pdf