Course overview

On the Horizon – International Projects That Are Changing the Face of Integrative Health

Participants will gain a global perspective on integrative medicine, and hear from experts in global health of opportunities and challenges that face our collective integrative health community.

Iracema de Almeida Benevides, MD

Tabatha Parker, ND

Daniel Gallego-Pérez, MD, DrPH(c)

...and more!

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2018 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour 15 minutes

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • Many strides have been made globally in Traditional, Complementary and Integrative medicine in the last few years. Through the goals and agendas set in both the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)'s Strategy for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage (2014) and the World Health Organization, strides have been made, particularly in the Americas to further access to TCI medicine. From Nicaragua to Colombia to Brazil - collaboration and synergy moves us all forward. In this global perspective on integrative medicine, we will hear from experts in global health of opportunities and challenges that face our collective integrative health community.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Identify opportunities and challenges within the global integrative health community
    • Explain PAHO´s Virtual Health Library (VHL) on TCIM
    • Discuss the VA Whole Health Program

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Iracema de Almeida Benevides, MD

About Iracema
Dr. Iracema de Almeida Benevides, MD graduated in Medicine from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1992), specialization in General Surgery from the Benjamim Guimarães Foundation (Hospital da Baleia de Belo Horizonte, 1995) and master's degree in International Health Management, Economy & Politics, MIHMEP - Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi de Milan (2010). Specialization in Homeopathy from the Homeopathic Medical Association of Minas Gerais - AMHMG (1999) and in Anthroposophical Medicine by the Brazilian Association of Anthroposophical Medicine - ABMA Nacional (2002) and also by Lukas Klinik, Switzerland (2000).

She worked as a consultant for the Ministry of Health, the Institute of Integral Medicine Fernando Figueira (PE) and the Pan American Health Organization between 2004 and 2011. She worked as a professor in Collective Health at the Faculty of Health and Human Ecology (FASEH) and is currently a professor at the medical course at PUC-Betim (MG). She has experience in the field of Public Health, with an emphasis on Primary Health Care and Family Health; Integrative and Complementary Practices; Management and Evaluation in Health, Food and Human Nutrition. She completed the specialization in Nutrology at ABRAN in partnership with Santa Casa de São Paulo in December 2012, and served as President of the Brazilian Association of Anthroposophical Medicine - ABMA Nacional during the period of 2014 to 2020. She serves as Vice President of the International Federation of Anthroposophical Medicine Associations (IVAA). 

Tabatha Parker, ND

About Tabatha
Dr. Tabatha Parker is a naturopathic physician who currently serves at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) as the Executive Director. She previously served as the Associate Fellowship Director and Education Director. Parker’s commitment to collaboration and the underserved makes her uniquely qualified to lead the largest interprofessional integrative health association. “My goal is to bring the integrative community together to find ways to bring integrative health to all. Right now we are doing that by educating the future leaders and clinicians – but there is so much more we can and will do.” 

Parker was founding co-chair of the Masters in Global Health at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR, the first global health masters offered at a naturopathic medical school, and was previously faculty at Bastyr University California. She was interim co-secretary general of the World Naturopathic Federation, and worked with the World Health Organization on the WHO Benchmarks for Training in Naturopathy. She established and co-chaired the Global Health Committee of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for over 10 years.

In 2012, she became the first naturopathic physician to graduate as a Faculty Development Scholar from Dr. Ellen Beck’s University of California San Diego program, Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved.
At AIHM, Parker has held several positions including Director of Education where she organized and co-chaired one of the largest integrative health & medicine conferences in the USA, the AIHM Annual Conference – People, Planet, Purpose, Global Practitioners United in Health and Healing. In 2016 she was co-program chair with Dr. David Riley of the International Congress of Integrative Health & Medicine held in Stuttgart, Germany.

Daniel Gallego-Pérez, MD, DrPH(c)

About Daniel
Dr. Daniel Gallego-Pérez, MD, DrPH(c), was born in Colombia, where he obtained a medical degree from the University of Antioquia. After a clerkship in medical anthropology and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in 2004, he worked at the Liberian Refugee Camp Clinic in Ghana for almost five years, where he provided primary health care to the refugee community and coordinated public health activities including a nutrition program. He moved back to Columbia to work as a primary care physician, and then pursued his main area of interest which is integrative medicine, in particular the understanding and creation of strategies for the intersection between Public Health and Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He attended the Universidad Manuel Beltran (Bogota, Colombia) from 2010-2011, where he added Alternative Therapies Specialist in Complementary and Alternative Medicine to his expertise. In 2013, Dr. Gallego-Perez began attending Boston University School of Public Health (Medford, MA) as a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student, but continues to be engaged in different international projects. Since 2016 he has also worked as an International Pan American Health Organization Consultant.

In addition to being on the Point Hope Board, he is a member of the Critical Medical Anthropology Research Group, affiliated with the Center for Social Studies at the National University, Colombia.

Kavitha P. Reddy, MD

About Kavitha
Dr. Kavitha Reddy trained at University of Missouri in Kansas City, receiving her BLA and MD from that institution in 2000. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at University of Illinois in Chicago and is certified through the American Board of Emergency Medicine. She has practiced in several academic, community, and rural hospitals and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, with greater than 15 years of clinical experience. She graduated from the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship in 2014, and is board certified through the American Board of Integrative Medicine.

Kavitha Reddy is currently an emergency medicine physician at VA St. Louis Healthcare System in Missouri, and had practice at Jesse Brown VAMC in Chicago, IL for 5 years prior to that. She serves as the Whole Health System Clinical Director, as VA St. Louis Healthcare System is a flagship facility for Whole Health. In addition, she maintains clinical duties in the emergency department, and she is an assistant professor in emergency medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. She has been working closely with the Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation as a clinical champion since 2011, and currently is the Lead Clinical Champion for the Integrative Health Coordinating Center under this office.

Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH

About Darshan
Dr. Mehta received his BA in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MD from University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency in internal medicine at University of Illinois-Chicago Hospital. He completed a clinical research fellowship in complementary and integrative medicine at the Harvard Medical School Osher Research Center (now based at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Division of General Medicine), during which he received a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

He is the medical director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH. His educational and research interests include curricular development in complementary and integrative medical therapies, mind/body educational interventions in health professions training, and promotion of professionalism in medical trainees. He directs medical student and resident rotational experiences in integrative medicine for BHI-MGH and the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Mehta sees patients in a consultative role for use of complementary and integrative medical therapies, as well as mind/body interventions for stress management and stress reduction.

Dr. Mehta is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also active in the Massachusetts Medical Society, and is a member of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Mehta is a former diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, and has completed professional training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is presently the Associate Director of Student Affairs for the AIHM Integrative Medicine Fellowship.

John Weeks (Moderator)

About John
John Weeks has worked in integrative health for 34 years as a chronicler, speaker, organizer, executive and consultant. In May 2016 he began serving as editor-in-chief of the field’s most enduring indexed journal, JACM (The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine), presently focused on paradigm, practice and policy advancing integrative health. He helped found and direct multi-stakeholder initiatives including the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health and the Integrative Health Policy Consortium. His Integrator Blog News & Reports and other writing have chronicled integrative policy and action for 25 years.

Weeks has consulted on integration strategies with the NIH, AHA, WHO, PAHO, and multiple professional and academic organizations. He speaks widely on integrative topics. He attended Stanford University for three years, studying history. Four institutions have granted him honorary doctorates. He works from Seattle, Washington, and, when possible, Rincon, Puerto Rico.

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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