As the effects of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)—including massage, chiropractic, herbs, acupuncture and more—continues to be borne out through research, a growing number of medical professionals desire education in CAM therapies.

This week, the American College of Preventive Medicine, (ACPM), a national professional society for physicians focused on disease prevention and health promotion, announced it has been awarded a grant of $773,676 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create a National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine.

“The purpose of the coordinating center, which ACPM will call the Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine Education Coordinating Center, is to provide technical support for preventive medicine residency and other health professions’ training programs interested in incorporating evidence-based integrative medicine content into their training,” stated an ACPM press release.

HRSA is “an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable,” according to the agency’s website.

The centerpiece of the program “is to create, convene, administer and sustain a Community of Learning for integrative medicine and preventive medicine that includes partners in preventive medicine training, primary care, other health professions such as nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy, and CAM medicine practitioners from a wide variety of practice modalities,” the press release noted.

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