Course Overview

Integrative Medicine & Resilience

This presentation will discuss ecological harm in our current healthcare system through the lens of systems theory, ecology, and permaculture to better understand the necessary change needed for community resilience.
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2021 Annual Conference

October 29-31, 2021

Required Lessons

1 lesson with video, quiz, and evaluation

Time to Complete

45 minutes

Non-CME Eligible*

CME Expired
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Course Info
Course Faculty

What you will learn

 Course Summary

We will briefly elaborate what many call the “polycrisis” currently unfolding, with a focus on the ecological harm caused by our current healthcare system. Through the lens of systems theory, ecology and permaculture, we will consider the important role integrative medicine practitioners play in leading toward necessary change and guiding individuals and communities in cultivating the resilience needed to navigate the challenges that lie ahead. Participants will be supported to begin the process of identifying leverage points and possibilities in practices and communities, identifying action steps and supportive peer relationships in this engagement.

 Course Objectives

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Identify the most significant ways in which the “healthcare industry” contributes to climate change.
  • Identify ways in which integrative medicine practitioners can lead toward a more regenerative, nature-friendly, ecologically sound practice and culture of medicine.
  • Identify key attributes of resilient person, community, medical system and healer.
  • Begin to identify specific actions you could take to foster personal or professional resilience squared with the ecological urgency of now, and to nurture a vision of how your practice could transform.
See course outline below for additional information.

This course includes:

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

Course Faculty

Anna O’Malley, MD


Anna O’Malley is an Integrative Family and Community Medicine physician at a Federally Qualified Health Center in West Marin, California, and is the founder and director of Natura Institute for Ecology and Medicine, located in the Commonweal Garden in Bolinas, California. She is an advocate of the medicine of being in reciprocal relationship with nature and each other, and the resilience that arises therefrom. Anna holds an inclusive vision for the transformation of medicine, informed by her work with the underserved and incarcerated. Her primary care practice in West Marin allows her the profound privilege of being a healer in a village, and the opportunity to leverage community as medicine. Natura’s programs cultivate the medicine of connection: to self, one another, and the Earth. Working at the intersection of integrative family medicine, deep ecology, regenerative land stewardship and nature connection renews her inspiration for what is possible in healing, and for a resilient future.


No financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.

James Stark, MA, MES


James Stark has focused his work at the intersection of ecology, community resilience and healing over many decades. With a Masters in Environmental Sciences, focusing on Sustainable Community Development and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology, his work has centered on developing institutions and programs that strengthen the resilience of communities, and serving as a guide for individuals seeking to lead in times of change. He co-founded and co-directs the Regenerative Design Institute on Whidbey Island, Washington, and currently serves as Senior Advisor with Natura Institute for Ecology and Medicine, and Staff with Commonweal’s The Resilience Project, both in Bolinas, California. His community work has yielded the co-creation of community-based non-profits that have created replicable models for developing community resilience. He presently co-facilitates the Art of Vitality and Resilience Wayfinding programs at Natura.


No financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.

Accreditation and CME

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

The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and/or the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.

Course Outline

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity. All required course activities must be completed to earn any eligible continuing education credit(s) and obtain a certificate of completion for this course.