Physicians, mid-level providers, medical assistants, and clinic staff will receive instruction, best practices and individualized guidance on how best to introduce Integrative Health into their operations. Recognizing that the efforts within individual clinics will vary based on current integrative health programming on site, staffing and operations, and patient needs, the Initiative will continue to introduce a range of evidence-based integrative health modalities and strategies. Topics for discussion will include, but not limited to: financing and sustainability approaches, internal communications, alignment with FQHC scope of services and risk management. Various subject matter experts have been working closely with the project team to share this information.
Specific educational activities will include:
- Access to a 45-hour inter-professional online curriculum created by the National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare (NCIPH) specifically designed to teach evidence-based principles and best practices of Integrative Healthcare for Primary Care Providers.
- Interactive workshops and seminars on practical tools and skills in Integrative Medicine. These sessions have included in-person workshops, web-based learning (webinars, podcasts and videos) and utilized a variety of integrative physician and allied health experts.
- Topics for these educational sessions include:
Skill Building Workshops
- Conducting group medical visits
- Motivational interviewing to support healthy lifestyle change
- Health coaching
- Simple manual medicine techniques for myofascial pain
- Basic mind-body breath relaxation techniques
- Financing strategies
Knowledge Building Seminars
- Nutrition and healthy diet for low income families
- Evidence-based use of herbals and supplements for primary care conditions
- Supporting healthy sleep
- Patient case studies – applying Integrative approaches to primary care problems
- Operations: Best practices from existing Integrative Health clinics
Experiential and Knowledge Building Workshops
- Yoga and Tai Chi
- Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy
- Healthy cooking
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Healing Touch
For the Skill and Knowledge Building Workshops, physicians, mid-level providers and medical assistants who successfully complete training programs, will receive American Medical Association (AMA) Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits. Participants have the opportunity to receive up to a total of 62.0 AMA CME Credits from the LiveHealthy OC Initiative curriculum learning and education programs.