IM4US is a fiscally sponsored project of Tides Center founded by a small group of family practice physicians who had a special interest in caring for the underserved. They strongly believed that integrative health care should be accessible to their patients as well as the wealthy.
It all began in 2009, when they were attending a meeting of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference. They found they all had a common interest–providing integrative medicine for the underserved. Subsequently they created a special interest group within the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. The group expanded across the country and they began to meet by phone to support each other and share clinical pearls about their experiences in their community clinics. After meeting initially through monthly conference calls, the first conference was held in Santa Rosa California in 2011. They hoped to have 50 people attend but were pleasantly surprised to find it was standing room only! The room had filled with a number of health care providers–not only physicians–all interested in providing care for the underserved. A movement was born!