Case Western Joins Academic Consortium to Advance Integrative Health, Promote Health Equity
The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health, including 73 of the world’s most renowned academic medical centers and health systems, added Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to its global network in 2020, strengthening the movement toward transformative healthcare systems and health equity worldwide.
“Case Western is a great example of the increasing interest and commitment to this developing field and what it can mean for patients everywhere,” says Academic Consortium Chair Francoise Adan, MD. “Their continuing progress toward integrative medicine and innovation in healthcare will add to our collective knowledge and opportunities for ensuring optimal health and healing, available to everyone.“
One of the first institutions in the nation to create a dedicated academic professorship in Integrative Oncology, Case Western is a partner institution hosting the 2022 conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology. The Case Center for Integrative Oncology, the Center for Science, Health, and Society, and the Department of Nutrition incorporate, or are largely focused on, integrative medicine. Course topics such as exercise, stress reduction, and nutrition are part of an innovative curriculum for the university’s medical students. Internships at local nonprofits offer additional experience in such therapies as yoga and meditation.
“Ongoing expansion of the Academic Consortium reflects an increasing interest in and commitment to integrative medicine,” notes Dr. Adan, “and that means we can look forward to some exciting possibilities for innovative approaches and transformative healthcare and health equity in 2021.”
Case Western Reserve University is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals/Connor Integrative Medicine Network, members of the Academic Consortium.
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