Integrative Health: Moving from Marginal to Mainstream

Policy Circle Conversations at RAND

Patient receiving chiropractic treatment

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September 20, 2018


5:30 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. Program
7:00 p.m. Reception


RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

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Several factors have set the stage to move integrative health from the margins into the mainstream of care. The American College of Physicians, the Veterans Health Administration, and the Department of Defense now recommend complementary and integrative health approaches as first-line treatments in clinical practice guidelines for pain. The opioid crisis has forced health care providers and policymakers to take a serious look at drug-free approaches to pain management, including chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga, and therapeutic massage. And Americans spend billions of dollars out of pocket each year on integrative treatments. But significant barriers remain for these practices, including insufficient doctor and patient knowledge about safe and effective treatments, educational challenges, and the lack of insurance coverage.

Some of the nation's leading integrative health experts will discuss the path forward for incorporating evidence-based complementary and alternative treatments into standard patient care, medical training, and policymaking.

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Ian Coulter

RAND/Samueli Chair for Integrative Medicine and Senior Health Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Wayne Jonas, M.D., executive director of Samueli Integrative Health Programs

Wayne Jonas, M.D.

Executive Director, Samueli Integrative Health Programs

Shaista Malik, M.D., cardiologist and executive director of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute

Shaista Malik, M.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor of Integrative Health, Executive Director of Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, Susan Samueli Endowed Chair of Integrative Medicine, University of California, Irvine

John Scaringe, D.C., president and chief executive officer of Southern California University of Health Sciences

John Scaringe, D.C.

President and CEO, Southern California University of Health Sciences

Patricia Herman, N.D. (moderator)

Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

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