The Integrative Medicine Foundation (IMF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Cincinnati, Ohio. IMF promotes the practice of Integrative Medicine Its board consists of leading businessmen and women and Integrative Medicine physicians from the Greater Cincinnati area.
The Emerging Field of Integrative Medicine
The field of Integrative Medicine is defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health as the combination of " mainstream medical therapies and alternative, or complementary therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness."
Studies over the past decade have shown that Integrative Medicine is becoming increasingly popular.
Unfortunately there remain many misunderstandings regarding the benefits and pitfalls of this type of medicine. There is a strong need to educate the public and medical professionals about Integrative Medicine. While there are many areas in which it excels, there are other times which Integrative Medicine (IM) is not appropriate. Integrative Medicine treatments are not usually covered by insurance companies. Thus there is a large underserved population that never has the chance to benefit from Integrative Medicine therapies.
The IMF exists to help fill these voids
IMF’s purpose is to promote Integrative Medicine through:
- Public Education;
- Education of Healthcare Professionals
- Corporate Education
The IMF/AIM Partnership
The IMF works in conjunction with The Alliance Integrative Medicine (“AIM”), to promote the practice, education, research and outreach of Integrative Medicine.
AIM is one of the nine leading clinical Integrative Medicine centers in the country as designated by the Bravewell Collaborative. AIM consists of a team of physicians, chiropractors and other allied health professionals, offering a full range of integrative medicine services in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Support by the Bravewell Collaborative. (www.Bravewell.com)
The Alliance Integrative Medicine has been chosen as one the Nine Leading Clinical Centers in Integrative Medicine by the Bravewell Collaborative. The Bravewell Collaborative is a community of leading philanthropists who are committed to transforming the current health care system and improving the health of the American public through the advancement of integrative medicine.
The Bravewell Collaborative has provided financial support to IFM for research in Integrative Medicine. (http://bravewell.com/current_projects/bravenet/)Bravewell also promotes clinical and leadership collaboration between AIM and the other centers of the Bravewell Clinical Network.