The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC - www.accahc.org) is a social entrepreneurial organization dedicated to educating, convening and advocating for a system that focuses on creating health in individuals and communities. We do so through fostering the values, practices and disciplines associated with integrative health and medicine. Our core members are national organizations - councils of colleges, accrediting agencies and certification/testing organizations - associated with the licensed integrative health disciplines with a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency. These are: acupuncture and Oriental medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy, direct-entry (certified professional) midwives and naturopathic medicine. Roughly 375,000 licensed practitioners in the U.S. are members of these disciplines. We work in close association with traditional world medicine fields and emerging holistic and integrative medicine organizations. Our Council of Advisers includes a broad array of healthcare leaders across the fields of nursing, medicine and integrative health.
We are by founding vision, structure and function a profoundly interprofessional organization. We have organizational membership from 8 fields represented in our Board of Directors and a commitment to participation in the team care movement. Each of our core projects is collaboratively established through interprofessional processes. We have prioritized involvement in the IPE and team care movement through such activities as: participation in CAB III and CAB IV; and sponsoring membership in the IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, for which ACCAHC's member and chair, Elizabeth Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA was the subject of this IOM Spotlight. Interprofessional practice and education leaders keynoted ACCAHC's 2011 and 2013 Biennial Meetings. Key ACCAHC projects (below) focus on IPE/C themes. We educate our members, and through them, their 190 accredited programs and universities, about the movement and opportunities for participation. Because until the last two decades, our fields were quite estranged from conventional medicine, we sometimes joke that Our Silos Are Bigger Than Your Siloes. We are working to change that. Internally, we like say that we foster collaboration by practicing collaboration.