Welcome to the Center's Resources & Communities!

Welcome to the Center for Optimal Integration! This education, convening and advocacy portal was created to support everyone who is committed to the values of integrative health or has a stake in the integrative health and medicine movement.

Staff and participants in the Center will continuously gather, develop, and share resources that help decision makers advance whole person, health-focused, team-based care. We focus on utility drawing attention to best practices and featuring discussions on key topics and breakthroughs as they emerge.

The Center will serve as a dynamic interface between what we know and what we are learning about integrative health and medicine from the innovators who are opening doors and exploring new models in real time.

Our vision is for a society that promotes the optimal integration of all modalities and health professions to treat disease. Creating health is the cornerstone of quality care.


Sharing Supportive Evidence - Collaborating on Best Practices.


Current Projects:

What is PERL? Whether you are simply curious about Evidence Informed Practice (EIP), or charged with building an EIP curriculum from the ground up; go to the Project to Enhance Research Literacy to access to the complete set of resources.

What is PIHTA? If you are interested in the role integrative health and medicine can play in enhancing patient experience, bettering population health and limiting costs, go to the Project on Integrative Health and the Triple Aim (PIHTA) to engage what is possibly the core dialogue in integrative care.
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A Recent Grant

A recent grant from the Leo S. Guthman Fund will allow the Center to expand PERL content on programs to more directly serve students and clinicians. Stay tuned...

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It Takes A Village...

It will take a village to continuously enhance this Center. The Center has benefitted from the early vision and significant, multi-year founding investments of National University of Health Sciences and the NCMIC Foundation, and the subsequent help of the Massage Therapy Foundation and Massage Envy. These were since enhanced by project partnerships from Lucy Gonda, Visual Outcomes, The CHP Group, Leo S. Guthman Fund, The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

A second health professional institution, Southern California University of Health Sciences, recently became a supporting donor. In addition, the Center's founding has benefitted significantly from the Georgetown CAM MS program that connected us with an exceptional student who helped us start the PERL and PIHTA initiatives.

Center for Optimal Integration: Glossary
Integrative health movement

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Convene

We CONVENE forums for exploring common issues and facilitate the sharing of 'found wisdom'.

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Advocate

We ADVOCATE for a health system that creates health by preparing individuals to be leaders in fostering the values, practices and disciplines associated with integrative health and medicine.

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Educate

We EDUCATE by exposing stakeholders to current thought leaders in the field, and by aggregating and disseminating practical information on how to 'do' integration in health care.




Center for Optimal Integration: Glossary
Decision Makers

Decision makers are those who make payment and inclusion decisions, and includes patients, practitioners, employers, government regulators, insurers, and executives of clinics, hospitals and health systems.

Center for Optimal Integration: Glossary
Integrative health and medicine movement

Integrative health and medicine movement is the modern term for the systemic engagement of the patient and integrative practitioner interest in opening medicine to new choices, options and perspectives that embrace the values of integrative health.

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Utility

Utility speaks to the Center's core interest in providing practical tools and guidance for those decision makers who are on the ground making real-time choices and payment and inclusion.

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Values of integrative health

Values of integrative health center on whole person, patient-centered, inclusive and respectful team-based care that focuses on creating health and well-being.

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Creating health/health creation

Creating health/health creation are terms used in the Design Principles for Healthcare Renewal (2001), in the vision of educators from 12-professions (2005) and of integrative health educators (2005) and recently echoed in 2013 by a Mayo Clinic innovations leader: " .. we need to change the focus of the health care industry to creating health, not just producing health care." The theme of health creation, as the necessary direction of health care, is the subject of this December 2013 plenary talk by former CMS administrator Donald Berwick, MD.