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2016 Call for Speakers

Welcome to the online submission application for the 2015 Conference on Integrative Medicine for the Underserved.

Conference Date: August 18-20, 2016

The conference will be held August 18-20, 2016 in Irvine, CA, USA. Preconference workshops will be on August 18.


Irvine Marriott, Irvine, CA, USA. Details at 2016 Conference Location

Submission deadline: January 31, 2016

Contact us at im4us.org at gmail.com if you have any questions. Applicants will be notified of the status of their submissions by April 15, 2016.

Poster Session:

We invite all interested participants and conference attendees to consider presenting a poster this year. There will be 3 broad categories:
  • Research Projects:
Original research or systematic review of a topic relevant to IM4US (case reports, qualitative studies, quality projects, and clinical trials)
  • Innovations in Practice:
Highlight innovations that are in any stage of development and can be applied to clinical practice
  • Community Connections in Health:
Non-clinical programs or innovations in health care taking place within a community or on a political level
Deadline for poster abstract submission: January 31, 2016.
Applicants will be notified of the status of their submissions by April 15, 2016.
  • Oral Poster Selection
A select number of accepted posters will receive an opportunity to complete a short oral presentation (approximately 10-15 minutes) during the conference parallel tracks. Additional details on presenting in the oral poster session will be provided directly to the authors selected for presentation.
Click here to submit a 350-word abstract for consideration.


Integrative medicine uses the best of conventional and complementary modalities as well as approaches from other systems of health and healing. Sometimes seen as a luxury, integrative medicine is actually perfect for the underserved as it aims to address mind, body and spirit in ways that are cost-efficient and respect their values. Many community clinics and other practices are already using these strategies with underserved populations.
This conference will:
  • Discuss affordable integrative approaches to common acute and chronic diseases
  • Share integrative approaches to health
  • Share our knowledge, experience, and differing types of evidence  (see Guidelines on Evidence and Ways of Knowing.)
  • Discuss unique ways to utilize group medical visits and other innovative ways to deliver care
  • Provide a like-minded community base for activism around integrative medicine for underserved populations

Educational Objectives for Conference

Educational Goals:
  • To increase your capacity to provide integrative medicine and lifestyle counseling to underserved communities by providing practical information
  • To connect and foster community among health care providers and healers across disciplines with a commitment to integrative medicine for the Underserved
  • To highlight existing sustainable models and structures of practice in integrative medicine for the Underserved
  • To build a North American movement for Integrative Medicine for the Underserved
  • To help shift the paradigm in health care towards one of wellness, prevention, patient empowerment, and self-care
  • Share skills in integrative medicine and develop strategies for making integrative medicine accessible to the underserved
…Basically we want you to just come, hang out with other cool people who are doing good work!
See the bottom of this page for topics requested by previous participants.


Health care providers, healers, administrators and staff that provide care to the underserved. This includes nurses and nurse practitioners, herbalists, acupuncturists, community health workers, health educators, naturopathic doctors, medical doctors, osteopathic doctors, physician assistants, homeopaths, midwives, dieticians and clinical nutritionists.  We also welcome administrators, public health workers, researchers, policy analysts, activists, and members of underserved communities.
The Integrative Medicine for the Underserved Conference is a wonderful, intimate venue to share and learn best practices with colleagues from across the country. We look forward to having you and your team join us at the conference in Irvine!

Speaker Benefits & Financial Assistance

We are able to offer some financial assistance to those with limited resources who would not be able to attend the conference otherwise. We encourage you to apply if you have financial need. Priority will be given to speakers giving presentations. Follow the submission link if you wish to apply for these funds. If you do not let us know your needs during the application process we likely cannot offer assistance afterwards.

Please note: We are not able to offer financial compensation or registration reimbursement for all of our speakers or poster presenters.

To enter your Submission, click here:  Submission Page

Please note: Your draft submissions can be saved and returned to at a later date.  
Image PDF Of 2016 Speaker Application - DO NOT USE THIS PDF to SUBMIT - use the link above to Submittables

Presentation Formats and Information Needed for Submissions

Proposed formats for submissions for IM4US conference.doc PDF Version
PDF of 2016 speaker application.pdf
Image Verbs For Learning Objectives
Participants request experiential components to the workshops wherever possible.

Review Criteria for Submissions

  • Topic is relevant to our target audience
  • Clear objectives
  • Originality and innovation
  • Amount of content is appropriate for time allowed
  • Content of proposed presentation (teaching methods clear, likely to meet objectives, adequate breadth of coverage)
  • Proposal is clearly written and well-organized
  • Audience involvement
  • Duration of experience/evaluation of effectiveness

What is ‘Evidence’?

  • We acknowledge that there are different ways of knowing if a treatment approach works for a given patient or patient population.
  • We acknowledge that clinicians and healers possess clinical knowledge and experience that informs treatment and their assessment of the outcome.
  • We acknowledge that there is value in recognizing traditional, time-honored as well as emerging approaches to healing.
  • Formal and informal evidence help create a common language to facilitate communication with patients, insurers, policy makers, clinicians, grant writers, healthcare administration, philanthropic organizations.
  • In integrative health practices we acknowledge that individual patients have individualized needs, beliefs and cultural values. Improvement can be measured by relevant objective or subjective outcomes based on the patient’s and practitioner’s perspectives and goals… these are of equal value.
  • use of approaches that have only limited evidence to support effectiveness as long as there is good evidence of safety. Every clinical decision requires weighing the balance of benefit vs. safety and accessibility.
Evidence may include:
  • Population based studies
  • Clinical experience (all healing approaches)
  • Case Control Studies (comparing two groups)
  • Prospective and Retrospective studies
  • Meta Analyses (groups of studies)
  • Individual Patient Experience
  • Case Report/Series (one or a bunch of compelling experiences)
  • Hands on practitioner experience
  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Historical outcomes
  • Traditional outcomes (e.g. acupuncture, Ayurvedic, etc.)
  • Other approaches… please help us understand how you know what works in your healing practice
For more information, please read our Guidelines on Evidence and Ways of Knowing.

Topics requested by previous participants:

All topics meeting the above criteria will be accepted for consideration, but particular requests made by previous participants include:

Specific disease states:

Addiction Asthma Autism
Cancer Chronic Fatigue Chronic Pain
Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome Endocrine dysfunction including adrenal support Mental Health
Obesity Pediatrics Pregnancy and women's health, including Midwifery and natural birth options
Sleep Trauma and Resilience Wellness

Specific Tools:

Acupuncture Functional Medicine Natural Cultural remedies
Ayurveda Group care - group visit dynamics Nutrition and Food as Medicine
Body Work approaches Herbalism - Cost-effective supplementation, Herb-drug interactions Nursing and holistic family care, patient advocacy
Chiropractic Homeopathy Osteopathy and Manipulative Medicine
Community gardening Mind-body, including how to efficiently teach simple mind-body techniques Somatic Experiencing
EFT/TFT How to counsel mindfulness in a clinical setting
Energy Healing methods Motivational Interviewing

Patient education and empowerment

Work-arounds for literacy issues Promoting patient buy-in and adherence Recipe exchange, culturally appropriate recipes

Practice Systems and Policy

Advocating for policy change - skills in lobbying, writing, reaching out to legislators Billing and advocating for payment Coordination of care with allied health practitioners and incorporation of these practitioners in FQHC settings
Cultural Competency EMR Documentation Food Access/Food Justice
Navigating the vast amount of CAM Information available Assessing evidence, or lack of it Provider well-being/Practitioner burnout prevention