Alternative and Complementary Health Practices
Section Newsletter
Winter 2010

Message from the Co-Chairs

Message from the Co-Chairs

Greetings and good wishes for this new year! Welcome to the Winter edition of our newsletter. APHA's Annual Meeting in November provided opportunities for meeting new ACHP members and for re-invigorating all of us to pursue plans to achieve Section status within APHA. Having Dr. Josephine Briggs of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine as a speaker was an excellent opportunity to further develop our ideas on the intersection of public health and integrative health.

The Social Justice theme of the 2010 APHA Annual Meeting expands beyond North America into international settings. For example, in Japan (e.g. Japanese Society of Biofeedback Research) or Australia and New Zealand (e.g. NORPHCAM), there are networks of alternative and complementary health practitioners that consider social justice issues related to public health, as reflected in various publications available through their Web sites.

Because public health ideas benefit from networking with international colleagues, please take the time to reach beyond borders when thinking about Alternative and Complementary Health Practices. Also, please feel free to invite international colleagues to submit abstracts to our annual meetings.

We value your energy, ideas and input, and look forward to a new year of working together. Dag Hammarskjold, former U.N. secretary-general, offered these inspirational words: "For all that has been, thanks; for all that will be, yes."

Rick Harvey
Beth Sommers


APHA Annual Meeting Notes


APHA Annual Meeting Notes: ACHP Highlights

Twelve thousand delegates attended this year’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Our ACHP group offered an impressive selection of over two days’ worth of oral and poster presentations.

Dr. Josephine Briggs, of NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, offered her remarks on the intersection of CAM and public health, and offered her support for the work of our SPIG.

She offered the following examples of “quirky” ideas that became mainsteam practice over time:

·    Integrating exercise and movement in rehabilitation efforts – Dr. Joseph Pilates introduces his outlandish ideas following World War I; he felt that lying in bed without moving actually inhibited efforts at recovery.

·     Breast-feeding.

·     Hand-washing by health care providers.

·     Empowering women during childbirth through breathing and Lamaze techniques.

Hearing her perspectives and optimism about the potential value of complementary and alternative health practices provided inspiration to delegates who attended her talk. We look forward to continuing this relationship, and bringing other influential CAM speakers to APHA meetings.

Beth Sommers

ACHP Business Meeting Notes

We held one of the largest business meetings of recent years at November’s annual APHA gathering. Approximately 30 members and interested APHA attendees participated in the meeting and brought their ideas and enthusiasm to our SPIG.

A number of members made “above and beyond” contributions to this meeting. Our thanks go to:

Ather Ali – whose design for our SPIG’s banner is fresh, attractive, and eye-catching.

Beth Rosenthal – for her coordination of our booth in the Exhibition Hall.

Anne Doherty-Gilman, Rick Harvey, and Karen Boulanger – who guided our abstract selection process along each step of the way; they designed and coordinated workshops that were innovative and compelling.

Paul Kadetz – for creating our first ACHP factsheet.

Our SPIG is committed to developing leadership and mentoring students involved in alternative and complementary health practices. Each elected office (described below) provides training and opportunities for new members to become more involved in the SPIG.

Officers elected for 2010:

Co-Chairs: Rick Harvey and Beth Sommers

Program Committee: Anne Doherty-Gilman, Prasad

Vinjamury, Douglas Chung

Newsletter: Beth Sommers and Paul Kadetz

Treasurer: Steffany Haaz, Joanna Michaels

Governing Council: Rick Harvey, Donna Feeley

Secretary: Deborah Ndao

A new committee on policy was formed as part of our strategy to seek section status. Donna Feeley, Steffany Haaz, Lara Hilton, and Paul Kadetz volunteered to work on this. A task force on student involvement was also created, with Manoj Sharma and Beth Rosenthal will be involved with developing it.

There was a general consensus that our group wants to pursue becoming a section within APHA. As part of that process, however, sufficient numbers are needed (approximately 250 members). We also need to develop a track record of participation in APHA policy activities; producing three newsletters annually; and continuing to bolster our visibility within the larger organization. The process of doing all this requires time, energy and commitment. Any ACHP member who would like to be involved in this process should contact one of the co-chairs to find out about the ongoing organizing efforts.

One aspect of gaining visibility is having our Web site represent the vibrant work and vision of our group. Unfortunately, however, our site is very lonely these days without a Webmaster or mistress. We need one or two members who’d like a technical challenge to become involved with producing our Web site. Content for the page will come from our Newsletter editors and other members, so prospective applicants needn’t worry about having to write a lot of content. APHA is continually encouraging us to use our Web site as a way to recruit more members and interest people in our work, so let’s take up the challenge in 2010!

As our SPIG continues to evolve and attract members who are doing innovative and cutting-edge work, we are poised to take a larger role in APHA activities. Integrating public health and wellness is an idea whose time has come. Let’s make it so!

Beth Sommers

ACHP SPIG Forms a Policy Group


APHA Complementary Health Care Practices SPIG Forms a Policy Group to Address CAM as Integral Component of the Health Objectives for the Nation

by Donna M. Feeley

The ACHP SPIG decided to form a policy group to work on a policy statement regarding the integration of CAM with the Health Objectives for the Nation 2020 at the SPIG’s business meeting in November in Philadelphia. Donna M. Feeley, MPH, RN, CMT, and Adam Burke, PhD, MPH, LAc, presented a paper entitled “The Role of CAM in Healthy People 2020 Objectives for the Nation: the Implications and Need for a National Agenda for CAM” at the meeting, prompting further discussion and interest by the SPIG.

The Surgeon General's Report, "Healthy People", laid the foundation for the first U.S. national agenda in 1979 for health promotion and disease prevention with priorities aimed at increasing quality and years of healthy life. "Healthy People" birthed the first 1990 Objectives for the Nation that created a very successful concerted national movement utilizing various sectors of government, private and nonprofit stakeholders for strategic implementation.

Recognizing the significant progress that has been achieved for the last three decades by the Health Objectives for the Nation, it has become more apparent that there is a need to adopt a national blueprint for action for CAM and Integrative Health. The health care of the country depends on the continuation and enhancement of major primary prevention and health promotion efforts. With our current national economic crisis, duplication of existing efforts is counterproductive. The 2020 Health Objectives for the Nation provides a baseline blueprint that can readily incorporate CAM priorities and objectives as components and logical expansions of existing initiatives. The policy group will be analyzing and forming a policy statement on the integration of CAM in the 2020 Objectives for the Nation.

If you have any interest or for more information, please contact Donna M. Feeley, MPH, RN, at

Book Review

Book Review


Whole Person Healthcare, Volumes 1, 2 & 3. Serlin, I. A. (Series Editor), Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2007. 1128 pp. ISBN 0-275-99231-4 (set). $300.

Reviewed by Richard Harvey, PhD, San Francisco State University

“To some varying degree, people who seek services for psychological problems also feel dehumanized (p. 171)” and “ find even small positive aspects of negative outcomes, can increase their resilience and help them to feel empowered and hopeful even if faced with very negative outcomes (p. 177)”

– J. Riskind (2006).


For holistic health professionals involved with Alternative and Complementary Health Practices, humanizing health care is an important goal. Rather than simply treating various symptoms with painkillers (analgesics) and muscle relaxants (spasmolytics) or anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications, holistic health practitioners approach treatment from a whole person perspective, addressing organic roots of pain and discomfort as well as lifestyle and cognitive factors involved in suffering and distress. For example, a visit to a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic would result in not only a plan for addressing a specific issue (e.g. stomachache, headache, muscle ache, etc.) but also a plan for addressing health systemically (e.g. balancing digestion, sleep and stress levels).

Many holistic health practitioners do not have the opportunity for training in psychological sciences. As such, Whole Person Healthcare is an excellent introduction to the wide variety of approaches that are considered outside of the mainstream of psychotherapy. With the more than 1,000 page tour de force entitled Whole Person Healthcare, Ilene Serlin, current president of the San Francisco Psychological Association, has purposefully edited a three-volume series aimed at humanizing the fields of psychotherapy and health care. The work grew from Serlin’s efforts with American Psychological Association, Division 32 initiative for “Promoting Health Care for the Whole Person.” Serlin (2007) has for many years been advocating the importance of integrating into various clinical settings alternative and complementary health practices. Throughout the series, all of the authors carry the message that integrative treatment strategies in psychotherapy and health care are more valuable than reductionist, treat-the-symptom-rather-than-the-person approaches as a way to humanize patient-client interaction.

Whole Person Healthcare persuasively presents the principle reasons for integrating human-centered strategies into psychotherapeutic and health care practices. Volume 1 of the series, Humanizing Healthcare, sets the tone for the other two volumes, providing a conceptual scaffold for framing humanistic and positive psychological theories within an applied healthcare setting. The chapters in Volume 1 address topics such as loving care in therapeutic settings, healing environments in the age of sterile, white walled clinics, strategies for protecting marginalized patients, training new professional with interdisciplinary skills and, insights about the politics and financing of applying integrative techniques at institutional sites. One of the most useful parts of the series are the segments of each chapter called a ‘Tool Kit for Change.’ The tool kits detail the roles and perspectives of the health care professional and the patient, as well as present an interconnected and ‘global’ perspective of the chapter topics, and make the series worth the premium purchase price.

Volume 2 of the series, Psychology, Spirituality, and Health, focuses on presenting concrete, evidence-based examples of integrative therapeutic techniques such as imagery and visualization, meditation, meaning finding, prayer and psycho-spiritual practices, yoga, tai chi and qigong. There are other integrative, holistic, alternative and complementary health practices that are underrepresented, such as autogenic training or biofeedback techniques. However, future editions may expand on these and other therapeutic modalities. Volume 2 is similar to books like What Works for Whom? A Critical Review of Psychotherapy Research (Roth and Fonagy, 2005), which describes the effectiveness of techniques like psychodynamic psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder or Eye Movement Desensitization and Retraining (EMDR) for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The strength of Volume 2, unlike the text of Roth and Fonagy (2005), is that Volume 2 avoids a potentially dehumanizing conclusion that one-treatment-fits-all-patients.

Whole Person Healthcare contributes to the fields of psychotherapy and health care by providing examples for evaluating a variety of humanizing treatment options. People from diverse cultures with individual histories come to therapy with personal motives for addressing their symptoms. Therefore, interdisciplinary approaches acknowledging cultural, developmental and motivational factors are essential for humanizing patient care. For example, whereas returning war veterans may benefit somewhat from a given medical (i.e. medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) or psychological therapy (e.g. EMDR), Benish, Imel and Wampold (2008) assert that there is no evidence for the inferiority of one versus another PTSD therapy and, that a comparative approach to treatment strategies is essential.

Volume 3 of the series, The Arts and Health, provides a critically important contribution to the field because the art therapies are so often forgotten in the world of managed health care. Volume 3 gives us evidence-based examples of the valuable contributions of artistic interactions within therapeutic contexts. Specifically, Volume 3 presents information relating to art, dance, drama, music, poetry and writing therapies, with supporting chapters about the history of the arts in psychotherapy, international views on the arts in health care, the science of creativity, and about “bringing the arts into clinical training.”

Whole Person Healthcare moves the field of psychology forward by building bridges with other disciplinary perspectives, highlighting ways of integrating well-defined, specific sets of effective techniques from across health care disciplines. For example, a psychologist who is also trained as a body-worker, dancer, nurse, occupational therapist or yoga practitioner, to name a few disciplines, may integrate specifically selected sets of prior knowledge into their practice. As is the case with non-physicians such as nurse practitioners, dentists, optometrists and psychologists in New Mexico who have a limited scope of practice regarding pharmacotherapies, psychology as a field will grow by integrating all of the non-pharmacological therapies available to us. Wiggins (1994) writes: “The diversity of psychological interests will open new markets for its researchers and practitioners...The interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and treatments among biological, psychological, and social spheres can...enhance the importance of psychology in public policy and will influence social outcomes (p. 490).”

By providing both theoretical contexts and practical instructions for immediately using integrative and holistic health approaches in psychotherapy and health care, Whole Person Healthcare successfully educates about humanizing the field of psychotherapy and healthcare. Each volume of Whole Person Healthcare presents insightful and accessible chapters for broadening the perspective as well as deepening the understanding of practitioners about alternative and complementary health practices. Whole Person Healthcare provides a coherent map for navigating a variety of humanistic therapies and would be an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to humanize their practice. Whole Person Healthcare also brings us one step closer to what Allen (2007) refers to as an “integrated psychotherapy.”

The collection of readings in Whole Person Healthcare covers a wide spectrum of modern healing approaches, and this series is a must for any practitioner of integrative, holistic therapies. However, there are two practical barriers of note. First, cost: the price is too steep for most audiences, especially students and new professional who are still in the process of training. Second, accessibility: in the age of instant Internet access and hyperlink text, the content could be more available to both clients and therapists as a Web-based resource. Those two reservation aside, I would urge serious consideration of Whole Person Healthcare.



Allen, D. (2007). The Search for a Unified Metatheory of Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy: Grand or Grand Illusion? A Book Review Essay. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 17 (3), 274–286.


Benish, S. G., Imel, Z. E. & Wampold, B. E. (2008). The relative efficacy of bona fide psychotherapies for treating post-traumatic stress disorder: A meta-analysis of direct comparisons. Clinical Psychology Review, 28(5), Jun, 746-758.

Riskind, J. H. (2006). Links Between Cognitive-Behavioral Hope-Building and Positive Psychology: Applications to a Psychotic Patient. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 20(2), Summer, Special issue: Positive psychology, 171-182.


Roth, A. & Fonagy, P. (2005). What works for whom: A critical review of psychotherapy research, 2nd ed. Guilford Publications, New York, NY.

Serlin, I.A. (2007). Theory and Practices of Art Therapies: Whole Person Integrative Approaches to Healthcare. In: Whole person healthcare Volume 3: The arts and health, Serlin, I.A., Sonke-Henderson, J., Brandman, R. & Graham-Pole, J. (Eds). Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT.

Wiggins J. (1994). Would you want your child to be a psychologist? American Psychologist, 49(6), Jun, 485-492.


Reviews of new books on any aspect of integrative health and medicine


International perspectives on integrating alternative and complementary health practices in public health may be seen in recent publications by Richard Harvey and others in the Japanese Journal of Biofeedback Research as well as other publications from the Network of Researchers in the Public Health of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NORPHCAM).

Peper, E., Harvey, R.H., Takabayashi, N., & Hughes, T. (2009). How to do clinical biofeedback in psychosomatic medicine: An illustrative brief therapy example. Japanese Journal of Biofeedback Research.

Peper, E., Harvey, R.H., & Takabayashi, N. (2009).  Biofeedback an evidence based approach in clinical practice. Japanese Journal of Biofeedback Research, 36(1), 3-10.

Network of Researchers in the Public Health of Complementary and Alternative Medicine


Some goals of the NORPHCAM:

1) Exploring the potential role of CAM in healthcare policy, practice and delivery.

2) Exploring and promoting an enhanced role for practitioners and early-career researchers in CAM research.

3) Developing collaborations between researchers and practitioners to produce findings of benefit and significance for health care practice and policy.

4) Promoting qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method research designs to help practitioners and researchers understand issues around CAM use and practice.


Professor Jon Adams

School of Population Health

University of Queensland

RM333 Public Health Bldg

Herston Rd, Herston 4029






Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Complementary, Alternative, Integrative and Indigenous Medicines Course


Donna M. Feeley

The Complementary, Alternative, Integrative and Indigenous Medicines Course was held during the Winter Institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in January this year. Developed by faculty member Donna M. Feeley, MPH, RN, CMT, over 10 years ago, the course continues to serve as a vehicle to provide public health students and the profession with a new vision of integrated health care in the United States.

This year, Feeley offered a historical and prospective overview of alternative, complementary and indigenous practices as integral components of public health including opportunities, evidence, challenges and relevance to the public health Objectives for the Nation. In addition, the course provided an exciting blend of leading authorities in CAM and Integrative Health including Josephine Briggs, MD, Director of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Briggs spoke about the progress and future directions in CAM within NIH and the nation. Wayne Jonas, MD, President and CEO of the Samueli Institute, presented about the powerful relevance of the placebo effect and the evidence for healing practice. Also joining the group was Francisco Contreras, MD, Chairman of the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Tijuana Mexico, who shared effective, innovative alternative and integrative protocols for cancer treatment. Len Wisneski, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University Medical Center, revealed a pragmatic perspective on scientific basis of Integrative Medicine as the future of healthcare and Norton Fishman, MD, Medical Director, Optimal Health Physicians demonstrated the evolution of allopathic care to Integrative Medicine and its relevance to specific public health problems. Kevin Passero, ND, President of the Maryland Naturopathic Association gave a comprehensive overview of naturopathic medicine. Other topics included the history and practice of Chinese Medicine, Shiatsu, Yoga, Ayurvedic Medicine, Indigenous Medicines, and holistic dentistry.

With health care reform on our national agenda, this course creates an evolving awareness about the public health relevance of these approaches as integral and viable pathways toward addressing primary disease prevention and health promotion needs of this country.


For more information, please contact Donna Feeley, course director and faculty: or (703) 400-9673.



Congratulations to ACPH Members!

Congratulations Alexandra!


Patient-Based Outcome Assessment Instruments in Acupuncture Research. Raheleh Khorsan, Alexandra York, Ian D. Coulter, Rachel Wurzman, Joan A.G. Walter, and Remy R. Coeytaux. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. January 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 27-35.


Congratulations, Steffany!


Steffany Haaz, at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, has just completed her PhD!



APHA Announcements





The Nominating Committee for APHA's Governing Council is looking for the following candidates for leadership roles in the organization:


  • APHA President Elect (three year commitment, one year each as president-elect, president and past-president)
  • Executive board – three positions available (4-year term)
  • Speaker of the Governing Council (3-year term)
  • Treasurer (3-year term)

The APHA Governing Council will vote to select these officers at the November (2010) meeting, and they would begin serving immediately after the APHA conference (so terms would start Nov. 10, 2010).


As I'm sure you know, the next APHA Annual Meeting is Nov. 6-10, 2010, in Denver.


Applications are due March 31, 2010 and should include the relevant (attached) one-page form along with resume/CV of the nominee, and any letters of support. The nominating committee will meet May 6 to select the list of nominees for consideration by the Governing Council at the 2010 Annual Meeting.


We hope you will be able to think of individuals who would be excellent candidates for the above positions. 


Should you or a potential candidate wish further information on these positions, please refer to the job descriptions and nomination form available on the APHA Web site at:


If you are interested in running, we suggest you contact your APHA Section, SPIG, Caucus and/or Forum leadership to solicit their support and assistance with your nomination. 


All nominees for the Executive Board are selected from among the membership of the Association, except that the nominees for  Honorary Vice-President may include persons who are not members of the Association.


For more information on the Nominating Committee, contact Ida Plummer via e-mail at


TWENTIETH Annual APHA Public Health Materials Contest

The APHA Public Health Education Health Promotion Section is soliciting your best health education, promotion and communication materials for the 20th annual competition. The contest provides a forum to showcase public health materials during the APHA Annual Meeting and recognizes professionals for their hard work.

All winners will be selected by panels of expert judges prior to the 138th APHA Annual Meeting in Denver. A session will be held at the Annual Meeting to recognize winners, during which one representative from the top materials selected in each category will give a presentation about their material.


Entries will be accepted in three categories; printed materials, electronic materials, and other materials. Entries for the contest are due by March 26, 2010. Please contact Kira McGroarty at for additional contest entry information.



General Announcements




Dear Friends,

Pathways to Wellness and Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) have partnered to launch a relief effort. We are now mobilizing teams of volunteer acupuncturists to go to Haiti to provide assistance. Acupuncture treatments will help heal trauma and provide general body-mind-spirit healing.
In most disaster situations, acupuncturists can be of greatest support beginning several weeks after the disaster, once the people most affected have water, shelter, food, and immediate medical care. When these emergency needs are taken care of, the next critical need is for the people who have been traumatized to be able to function once again physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Please help us help people in Haiti begin to heal their trauma so they can rebuild their lives.

In order for us to be available in Haiti when we are most needed, we must raise $20,000 NOW to implement this relief effort. Once this fundraising effort is under way, regular updates will appear on the AWB Web site. Please consider a donation of $100 or whatever you can afford.

At this time, in addition to donations, we are seeking volunteers. Licensed acupuncturists and NADA trained ADS are welcome to apply.
Priority for volunteers will be given to AWB members who have been to an AWB training since they are already familiar with many of the considerations, procedures and protocols for providing disaster relief.
Volunteers will need to pay for their own airfare to and from Haiti, and food within Haiti. You may want to consider doing community fundraisers to pay for these costs (as we teach at our trainings). Volunteers will also need to have their own medical insurance. Other costs will be covered, including housing, local transportation, local communication, acupuncture supplies, administrative support in the United States as well as in Haiti, and coordination among agencies.
If you would like to volunteer, please do NOT call as we are inundated with messages. Rather, please send an e-mail to and include the following preliminary information. We will contact you to follow up and get more information. Please understand that we are currently swamped with the needs of this effort, so we may not get back to you right away:
- Name, address, e-mail address (important!) and phone number
- Date of birth
- State of licensure and license number, or ADS certificate number
- Paragraph description of previous community/field acupuncture training and experience, if any
- Whether you have an active passport, and when it expires
- Whether you have medical insurance, and what kind
- When you are available to go: How soon, for how long, and any other time restrictions over the next six months
- Any personal health issues
- If you have attended an AWB training, please include date and location

We send our deep wishes for healing to all those in Haiti who are suffering from this tragedy, and to their loved ones everywhere. We hope to be able to help in a profound way with the transformative medicine of acupuncture.

Diana Fried, Executive Director                Kristen Porter, Executive Director
Acupuncturists Without Borders               Pathways to Wellness          





Upcoming Meetings of Interest for ACHP Members

Health Brain, Healthy Body: Mental Wellness in the 21st Century. March 19-20, 2010. Marriott Nashville Airport Hotel. Hosted by International College of Integrative Medicine and the American Holistic Medical Association.

Society for Acupuncture Research 2010. International Conference Translational Research in Acupuncture: Bridging Science, Practice and Community. March 19-20. Sheraton Hotel, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2010 Symposium for Portland Area Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (SPARC). April 17 – OHSU Old Library Auditorium, Portland OR.  Information: Heather Schiffke  (503) 552-1750.

National Association of Nutrition Professional 2010 Spring Conference: Nutrition is Life – using the healing power of food to transform our health and change the world. May 1-2. Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. Burlingame, Calif.

Highlighting Massage Therapy. May 13-15.  Red Lion Hotel, Seattle. Sponsored by the Massage Therapy Foundation.


Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 7th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
Saturday, April 17 - Sunday, April 18, 2010

Registration & Details (Registration rate increases monthly):

200 speakers, including keynote addresses by Seth Godin, Jacqueline Novogratz, Jeffrey Sachs and Sonia Sachs. Social innovation sessions by CEOs and Directors of Acumen Fund, Partners in Health, Doctors Without Borders, Save The Children, HealthStore Foundation, and many others. The conference schedule is now online.

The Global Health & Innovation Conference convenes more than 2,200 students and professionals from 55 countries who are interested in global health and international development, public health, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, philanthropy, microfinance, human rights, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, public service, environmental health, and education. 

Keynote Speakers

"Using The Power of Stories and Tribes to Spread Your Messages and Change The World," Seth Godin, MBA, Agent of Change; New York Times Bestselling Author of Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us; Founder,

Jacqueline Novogratz, MBA, Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund

Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Health Coordinator, Millennium Village Project

Young Leader of Social Change Speakers

Young Leaders of Social Change Speakers are students and young professionals engaged in global health research and effective program delivery. Approximately 20 student and young professional speakers will be selected. 

Conversation Panels

In addition to their individual presentations, select speakers will also participate as discussants on special panels that include six panelists and extensive Q&A with the audience.

  • Advice From The Experts: Careers in Global Health

  • Innovating in Global Health

  • Challenges and Success in Establishing International Partnerships

  • Others to be announced

Call For Applicants: Social Enterprise Pitch

GH/Innovate 2010 will include special sessions where selected participants will present their new idea or program-in-development in the format of a five-minute social enterprise pitch. Following the pitch, there is a five-minute period for questions and answers, as well as feedback from the audience.  This will provide participants with an opportunity to formulate and present their idea, collaborate with others interested in their idea, and receive feedback and ideas from other conference participants.  Complete details about submitting a social enterprise pitch online at




  The American Public Health Association Alternative and Complementary Health Practices SPIG




The Alternative and Complementary Health Practices SPIG of the American Public Health Association seeks to promote the knowledge base of Complementary and Alternative Health Practices in the United States and globally in our annual meetings and throughout the year with the purpose of improving an understanding of, and access to, Complementary and Alternative Health Practices and thereby contribute to the betterment of local, state, and national public health.


The Alternative and Complementary Health Practices SPIG provides a forum for practitioners, scholars, health planners and administrators, policy developers and other professionals to enhance communication and cooperation concerning Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine practices and practitioners through discussion, sharing and networking.

Our Members are provided with myriad opportunities to engage in leadership roles and committee activities. The APHA Annual Meeting Program Planning, the quarterly Newsletter, and our Policy Committee are a sample of activities that welcome your input and expertise to strengthen our infrastructure and facilitate the realization of our mission. The Alternative and Complementary Health Practices SPIG member benefits include access to our Website, our quarterly Newsletter, Professional and student Educational Events and Seminars, Discussion Boards, Career Development Information, Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Resources and Web Links, and a listing of our conference sections at APHA's upcoming Annual Meeting. 


Work on a Project Contact our Committee Co-Chairs and learn how you can contribute throughout the year and at the Annual APHA Meeting. Become an Abstract Reviewer and review abstracts for our  APHA Annual Meeting, help organize the program for the Annual Meeting and build your CV! Contribute to our Newsletter, Submit an article about the work you do, or help edit the newsletter and gather valuable skills!

We need your talents to accomplish our goals!


Co-Chair Richard Harvey:

Co-Chair Elizabeth Sommers: