The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM), and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) have announced today the planned merger of their business operations to advance holistic and integrative health globally.

ACIH, founded in 2004, represents 20 national integrative health and medicine organizations, many universities, colleges and programs and a wide variety of supporters and volunteers. ACIH core members are national academic organizations associated with the five licensed integrative health and medicine professions that have a federally recognized accrediting agency.

ACIH membership also includes organizations representing traditional world medicines and emerging professions that are engaged in self-regulation and/or working towards future licensure. ACIH’s goal is to contribute to transforming our health care system to one that emphasizes the importance of creating health and well-being.

“[ACIH] offers an exciting opportunity for AIHM to launch a robust organizational membership and fulfill our vision of becoming a truly interprofessional organization” explains Tabatha Parker, AIHM executive director. “AIHM was historically an association of holistic medical doctors. While AIHM became interprofessional in 2014, merging with ACIH will formally bring in the licensed integrative health professions of Acupuncture and East Asian medicine, chiropractic, direct-entry midwifery, massage therapy, and naturopathic medicine. It signals that professional silos are truly coming down.”

William Meeker, DC, MPH, incoming AIHM board chair, shares, “The merger totally aligns with AIHM’s global plan to strategize and catalyze an integrative health movement.” Lucia Thornton, RN, current AIHM board chair adds, “ACIH brings to AIHM the heart of the integrative health professions and leaders that have worked for decades to advance whole-person care.” 

Beth Rosenthal, MPH, MBA, PhD, executive director of ACIH, also commented, “AIHM partnering with ACIH provides a major growth opportunity for both organizations, and ultimately the integrative health community.”

ACIH board chair, JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH, CAE, further shares, “For years, organizations have been looking to find a place to strategically address the unique challenges and opportunities the integrative health community faces, and we will be best positioned to co-create that space and support the integrative health movement on that journey.” Beth Rosenthal will join AIHM as head of ACIH’s division within AIHM.

The expanded organization will serve 70+ organizations and thousands of integrative health clinicians in their rapidly expanding global strategy and manage over 100 global chapters in integrative health and medicine. 

AIHM is a global membership organization for the integrative health community. Since its inception, AIHM has been a leading provider of the highest quality, evidence-based education through its conferences, e-learning, webinars and world class interprofessional fellowship in integrative health and medicine.

A spokesperson for AIHM shared that they expect definitive agreements to be completed in January 2021 and the operations and staff of ACIH to be transferred to AIHM’s headquarters in La Jolla, CA by close of 2020.

AIHM president and co-founder, Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM, says, “ACIH will help us rapidly expand our educational offerings and through their research, education and clinical working groups, create the container for moving strategic projects forward.”

More information about the partnership can be found here

Contact info:

Contact Person: Dr. Tabatha Parker

Company: Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine

Address: 6919 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Phone: 858-240-9033