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Integrative Healthcare Organizations and Information

American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine(ABHIM)
The Vision of the ABIHM is to establish and maintain the highest standards of medical care and transform medical systems towards holism, by combining science and compassion. The ABIHM evaluates the candidacy of applicants (M.D. and D.O.) desiring certification in Integrative Holistic Medicine; creates, promotes, and continually improves the standards for Integrative Holistic Medicine; and provides certification and maintenance of certification for physicians in Integrative Holistic Medicine, among other services.

American Holistic Health Association (AHHA)
A nonprofit educational organization providing health and wellness information to the general public. Their website contains self-help articles, resource lists and organization information.

American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)
The web site of this professional association for medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy and medical students covers conference information, the AHNA newsletter online, consumer information and a browsable physician membership directory.

American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)
A nonprofit membership organization of nurses and other health care professionals supporting research, education and promotion of holistic health care. Website offerings include conference information, holistic nursing certification program information, and a list of other certificate programs endorsed by the AHNA.

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA)
A professional organization supporting the study and use of alternative treatments in veterinary care. Website covers FAQís, an Association directory, links, and information on specific animal conditions.

American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC)
The American Interprofessional Health Collaborative transcends boundaries to transform learning, policies, practices, and scholarship toward an improved system of health and wellness for individual patients, communities, and populations through collaboration of all healthcare professionals. The AIHC promotes the scholarship and leadership necessary to develop interprofessional education and transform health professions education across the learning continuum, for students, practitioners, and educators. Their site has a robust list of resources and hosts an interprofessional webinar series.

ARCCIM (Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine)
The Centre was established in 2012 to address the growing need for public health and health services research in complementary and integrative medicine. Research undertaken by the Centre in collaboration with many prestigious partners across Australia and internationally focuses on CAM practice and use, the interface between CAM and conventional practitioners and assessing implications for policy, practice and patient care. The Centre is located at the Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney.

Bastyr Center for Natural Health, Bastyr University
Under Health Conditions and Concerns A to Z, find the natural therapies approach to a wide variety of health conditions.

CAMbrella is a pan-European research network for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Its goal is to develop a roadmap for future European research in CAM that is appropriate for the health care needs of EU citizens and acceptable to the EU Parliament as well as national research funders and healthcare providers. It fosters meaningful, reliable comparative research and communication within Europe and creates a sustainable structure and policy.

CAMline is an authoritative evidence-based website on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for healthcare professionals and the public. It covers natural products and therapies.

Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Founded by James A. Gordon, M.D., this nonprofit educational organization is devoted to creating a new compassionate medicine combining ancient healing wisdom and modern medical science. Web site provides information on training programs, Center programs, reports and articles, and a bookstore of recommended titles.

Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
A consortium of academic medical centers created to help transform medicine and healthcare through rigorous scientific studies, new models of clinical care, and innovative educational programs that integrate biomedicine, the complexity of human beings, the intrinsic nature of healing and the rich diversity of therapeutic systems. The site has an A to Z section of health conditions that lists websites that present the integrative approach to treatment for each condition.

The Fetzer Institute
A nonprofit educational organization furthering mind/body/spirit health care approaches through education and research. Their web site provides information on their philosophy, programs, resources, conferences and events, and more.

Have a Healthy Mind
Dr. Richard P. Brown and Dr. Patricia L. Gerbarg offer the latest breakthroughs in integrative approaches for mental health and brain function using the skillful integration of integrative treatments with traditional medical and psychological practices. Integrative treatments include herbs, nutrients, and mind-body practices such as yoga, qigong, breathing and meditation.

This independent non-profit foundation supports evidence-based decision making in the German health care services. It publishes assessements of effectivieness and quality of health care services. It is a scientific resource for the general public and the health care community. As an independent publisher of evidence-based consumer health and patient information, it does not provide individual patient advice.

“Beyond the daily health headlines”, this site takes an honest and informative look at health information and research on food, mind-body, environment, remedies, cultural issues and more.

The Institute for Integrative Health
Based on a firm scientific foundation, the Institute for Integrative Health aims to reframe the conversation on health, nurture creative solutions, explore cutting edge ideas, and engage the public in an active emphasis on optimal health.

Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)
A research and educational membership organization supporting mind/body health and spiritual development in order to move towards a humanistic societal transformation. Their substantive web site includes program publications, research publications, archives of IONS articles, events, travel, and more.

International Society for Complementary Medicine Research
An international professional, multidisciplinary, non-profit scientific organization devoted to fostering Complementary and Integrative Medicine research. It provides a platform for knowledge and information exchange to enhance international communication and collaboration.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Part of the National Institutes of Health, the Center was established to research and evaluate complementary/alternative therapies in order to determine their effectiveness and safety and to communicate this information to the public and the healthcare community. Their extensive web site contains information about complementary/alternative (CAM) medicine, news and events, FAQ’s, classification of CAM practices, fact sheets, consensus reports, clearinghouse, clinical trial awards data, and clinical trial opportunities.

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, University of Minnesota
In 2012, the University of Minnesota was selected to be the lead organization for the Health and Human Services (HRSA) five-year $4 million cooperative public-private partnership focused on contributing to the transformation of health care by identifying ways to improve health, enhance patient care, and control costs through integrating interprofessional practice and education. By rigorously aligning and integrating the needs and interests of health professions education with practice, the Center aims to create a transformational “nexus” to incubate ideas, define the field, and guide program development and research. The work of the Center is focused on five core domains: leadership; collaborative practice and health system transformation; education and training; research, evaluation and scholarship; and innovative and novel models.

New Approaches to Chronic Disease
Developed by the Center for Health and Healing, this NIH-funded multimedia website in English and Spanish provides the latest information on the integrative approach to Diabetes, Heart Disease and Chronic Pain. Information is available in three formats: text, audioslide show and Flash animation. Also provides online self-care exercises to help you learn new ways to manage stress and build coping skills, annotated research, and high quality resources to help you learn more about maximizing your health.

The New Medicine
Based on the PBS program, this site focuses on prevention strategies and involving poeple in their own healthcare. An A to Z section of health conditions covers the integrative approaches that have been shown to be beneficial. A My health Planner section helps you create and track your own health plan for balance and well-being.

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
The Center’s mission is to transform suffering into wisdom through
counseling and psychotherapy, education and trainings including
Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program, consulting, end of life care,
and Zen practice. The Center believes that in turning toward the
suffering of the world, we begin to transform it into possibilities
for growth.

NIH Senior Health: Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Describes the research on integrative approaches to diseases that affect older adults including heart disease, cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Network of Researchers in the Public Health of Complementary and Alternative Medicine is the first international collaborative network dedicated to promoting and advancing public health and health services research of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine and integrative health care.

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Created in 2004, the PedCAM Network is a Canadian network that aims at disseminating a wide range of integrative healthcare information and building collaborative relationships between researchers, educators, clinicians, and policy-makers, both nationally and internationally. PedCAM is an academic, non-commercial organization, housed within the Complementary and Alternative Research and Education program, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta Services includes links to databaes, books, EMB resources, CAM links, funding opportunities and more.

Preparing For Surgery
The Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center’s unique free online evidence-based mind-body program is based on the eight-year Holistic Surgery Program developed by a clinical nurse specialist at Beth Israel. This site not only discusses the benefits of stress reduction techniques before and after surgery, but more importantly takes the patient step by step through a complete program. It teaches mind-body therapies like deep breathing, guided imagery and biofeedback directly in audio and video formats so patients can do the work of pre­paring for surgery at home, while being guided by an expert in the field.

Samueli Institute: Exploring the Science of Healing
As a non-profit scientific research organization, the Institute
investigates healing processes and their application in promoting health and wellness, preventing illness and treating disease. The Institute is one of an elite group of organizations in the nation with a track record in complementary and integrative medicine, healing relationships and military medical research.

Taking Charge of Your Health
Produced by the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, this web site provides practical information on expanding your treatment options, getting the most from the current healthcare system and making the changes you want through My Health Planner.

University of Maryland Medical Center
An informative introduction to the most common complementary and integrative approaches, from acupunture to yoga.


The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology®
Located at Hackensack University Medical Center, this is one of the first hospital-based programs whose specific mission is to identify, control and ultimately prevent exposures to environmental factors that may cause adult, and especially pediatric cancer, and other pediatric health problems including asthma and autism. The site is informative and well-researched and provides practical information on safe cleaning products, resource guides, up-to-date research on environmental health topics and more.

Environmental Working Group
This non-profit organization educates consumers on healthy non-toxic choices and advocates for policy change on the national level. It provides practical consumer guides to healthy cleaning products, skin care products, pesticides in produce, sunscreen, water filters, healthy home tips and more.

Farmers Market Search
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Search a current listing of farmers markets throughout the United States

Good Guide
GoodGuide™ aims to provide the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of products and companies. Their mission is to help you find safe, healthy, and green products that are better for you and the planet. Originated as a UC Berkeley research project, GoodGuide has developed into a totally independent “For-Benefit” company providing information needed to make better decisions.
U.S. Department of Energy
You can use this guide to choose the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets your needs. For model year 2013 and on, click on “Find a Car”, type in year, make and model to search for information on specific vehicles.

Healthy Child Healthy World
Website devoted to reliable and accessible information about how to limit environmental toxin exposure for children.

Health eHome
Healthy Child Healthy World has partnered with WebMD in a new website entitled Health eHome. On this site you can navigate virtual rooms of a family home, explore potential dangers and how to avoid hazards, learn easy solutions and new tips, and watch short videos and join blog conversations.

Local Harvest
Find organic family farms, farmers markets, restaurants, groceries and food co-ops in your area. Search by city, zip code or state.

Skin Deep
Skin Deep is a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products brought to you by researchers at the Environmental Working Group.

The Teleosis Institute
An educational not-for-profit organization devoted to developing effective, sustainable health care by professionals who serve as environmental stewards. The Institute has three major goals: 1)To educate health professionals about the principles and practices of Ecologically Sustainable Medicine; 2)To build a community-based network for professionals providing Green Health Care; and 3)To provide access to high quality, cost-effective, sustainable medical services benefiting underserved populations and the environment.


Patient Websites During Illness

Free, private, web-based communities for organizing friends, family, and colleagues during times of need.


Caring Bridge



Health Apps
iPhone, iPad and Android
From the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
Accurate oncologist-approved cancer information with tools to help plan and manage your cancer treatment and care. Covers 120 types of cancers. Provides an interactive tool to keep track of questions to ask healthcare providers and record voice answers, a place to save information about prescribed medications, including photos of labels and bottles (on camera-enabled devices), a symptom tracker to record the time and severity of symptoms and side effects, and more.

Glutenology — Gluten Free Lifestyle
iPhone, $2.99
Produced by Dr. David Ramsey, who specializes in Functional Diagnostic Medicine
An all-in-one gluten free guide: contains all the gluten free facts and why gluten contributes to health issues. This is the most comprehensive and concise explanation of the problem with gluten sensitivity and living gluten free. It includes: 50 Home Made Gluten Free Recipes; List of Food Items That Contain Gluten; List of Safe Alternative Non-Gluten Grains and Flours; Access to the most plentiful source of gluten free food products available on the web and more. Scan the barcode on food items to help determine gluten content.

Apple iOS, Google Android
Cost: Free
Find nearby locations to dispose of CFLs, rechargeable batteries and so on. Simple and easy to use. This Earth911 app tells you how, where and when to recycle just about anything. Using your current location, ZIP code, address or city, get information on collection points, such as Web site, phone number, directions, hours of operation and other materials collected.

Seafood Watch
Apple iOS, Google Android
This handy guide from California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium tells you which seafood items are sustainably harvested, which to best avoid, and the scientific rationales for each recommendation.

Sleep Cycle
Uses the accelerometer in your iPhone when place on your bed during sleep to monitor your movement to determine which sleep phase you are in. Sleep Cycle then uses a 30 minute alarm window that ends at your set alarm time and wakes you in your lightest sleep phase.

For iPhone, iPad, blackberry, Android
Diet & Fitness Tracker: Track your food and your workouts, current weight and more.
Healthy Recipes: A free app with thousands of healthy recipes
Perfect Produce: Learn how to buy, store and prepare fruits and veggies

Unstuck provides on-demand coaching for behavior change and personal growth with personalized digital tools with tips and input from a community of people facing their own stuck moments.

We Can!
From the NIH, this site helps parents teach children how to eat right, get active and reduce screen time. Lots of handouts, tip and guidance.


Content last modified on Mar 25, 2014