IM4US 8th Annual Conference: "Justice & Equity in Policy and Practice"
The IM4US ANNUAL CONFERENCE is a unique educational experience for healing professionals, administrators, students, advocates, and the community to learn about affordable integrative approaches to common health conditions, share evidence-based best integrative practices, and be part of a like-minded community for activism around integrative medicine for the underserved.
Integrative health and wellness, when incorporated in a primary care framework, has the ability to improve outcomes and reduce costs. This is even more pronounced in underserved settings where these approaches can also reduce health disparities. This year, we have the privilege of being in Washington D.C., where we will be able to interact, learn, educate, and make connections with organizations, policymakers, and legislators working to attain health equity. Participants at this conference will have the opportunity to gain the tools they need to take action either nationally, or in their own communities and locales.
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES FOR THIS YEAR'S CONFERENCE
- Demonstrate the importance of integrative health in reducing health disparities and attaining health equity.
- Identify appropriate treatment strategies for use in underserved and ethnically diverse patient populations and develop best practice models for providing effective integrative healthcare for patients suffering from various health disparities.
- Evaluate the indications, benefits, and risks of integrative health approaches for underserved populations and select appropriate resources based on patient needs and preferences.
- Evaluate current research, and share skills and knowledge in sustainable integrative models for underserved populations.
- Compare and contrast appropriate integrative treatment strategies for use in common problems seen in underserved patient populations.
- Discuss practical options for helping support patient self-care, self-efficacy and self-management tools.
- Identify new health care providers and healers across disciplines that have a commitment to integrative medicine for the underserved, and build a network of providers who support mutual learning and interdisciplinary clinical practice.
- Discuss the importance of advocacy at national, state, local, and organization levels to enact changes in policies, which can impact health among individuals and communities.
- Promote a “Health in All Policies” approach, defined as collaboration to improve population health by embedding health considerations into decision-making processes across a broad array of sectors, with the goal of addressing both social and structural factors that impact health.