IM4US is making strides as an organization in making our voice heard about the sorts of changes in healthcare (and society) that we believe are needed to improve the lives and wellbeing of underserved populations.
Our organization started its work at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine, teaching each other how we had solved particular problems despite a “health care system” that is actually a sick care system and despite the systemic racism, sexism, homophobia and other -isms that affect our patients, but sometimes what is needed is to change the system, not to try to work around it.
Health Equity (and Equity in Healthcare Organizations, including our own), has been a theme of recent Conferences and Board Retreats, and we recognize the impact of social determinants of health, including poverty, food insecurity, urban food deserts, community and household violence, environmental racism, rural transportation and service deficits, and other forms of discrimination as well as inequities in healthcare delivery on our patients.
We feel Integrative Medicine is one approach with useful tools to address Health Disparities.
Pain Management and Opioids:
From our congressional briefing at the start of the 2018 Annual Conference in Washington D.C.:
‘ Executive Summary: Non-drug solutions to opioid use and chronic pain management in underserved populations
A number of our members were interviewed for Pain Care on a New Track: Complementary Therapies in the Safety Net from the California Health Care Foundation.
Our toolkit is still under construction, but more on chronic pain management can be found at Chronic Pain Management
Learn more about Food Insecurity and Health from Feeding America
We are proud to partner with The Integrative Health Policy Consortium on policy issues affecting healthcare.
To get involved, consider joining our Policy Committee