University of Western States Hosts Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care Biennial Conference

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Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) leaders and educators attend 2013 biennial meeting on University of Western States campus.

The University of Western States (UWS), a leader in the education of health care professionals, served as the host for the 2013 Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care ( ACCAHC) conference. The membership meeting occurs every two years, and is attended by leaders and educators of integrated health disciplines that represent acupuncture, Oriental medicine, chiropractic health care, midwifery, massage therapy and naturopathic medicine; traditional medicine organizations; and many institutions from the conventional medicine community.

Ninety health care leaders representing educational institutions, regulatory agencies and research entities attended the three day conference to discuss leadership and its role in preparing them on how to represent the values, practices and disciplines associated with integrative health care.

In addition to group meetings and roundtable sessions, attendees heard presentations on leadership including Leadership in Integrative Health for the 21st Century: Qualities, Intention, Outcomes and Leadership in Forging Unity: Navigating “Horizontal” Respect When Our Practices Overlap.

“This meeting provides a forum for a diverse group of health care educators and organizations to define a health care system that delivers patient-centered care focused on health creation and healing that is readily accessible to all populations,” said Elizabeth Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA and ACCAHC chair.

“We’re pleased to offer our campus to this distinguished group of health care leaders and educators to further the conversation on the important and timely topic of integrative health care,” said Joseph Brimhall, DC, UWS president and ACCAHC director.

“The future of health care depends on integrating disciplines, preparing competent leaders, providing effective care, and promoting health and wellness.”

ACCAHC Members

ACCAHC members include the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, the Council on Chiropractic Education, the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the University of Western States, the National University of Health Sciences, Northwestern Health Sciences University, and several other organizations and institutions affiliated with academic health care.


The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) was formed in 2004 as a project of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC), an organization dedicated to promoting policies and action to advance integrated health care. ACCAHC was part of a broader IHPC educational initiative entitled the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care: Creating Common Ground (NED). The goal of both efforts was to fulfill on educational directions recommended by the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and the IHPC's National Policy Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care. Additional information about ACCAHC can be found at

About the University of Western States

A leader in the education of health care professionals, the University of Western States (UWS) provides a science-driven curriculum that delivers a solid foundation and competitive edge in preparing students for clinical practice. UWS is a regionally accredited, non-profit institution dedicated to improving the health of society through its educational programs, research and clinical services. Founded in 1904, the university offers a doctor of chiropractic degree program; master’s degrees in exercise and sports science, human nutrition and functional medicine, and diagnostic imaging; a massage therapy certification program; and accredited continuing education programs for licensed health care professionals. UWS is a founding member of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, an organization that aims to advance integrative health care through education, research, patient care and advocacy. To learn more about the University of Western States and its academic programs, go to

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