Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices


The integrative complementary and traditional health practices field is a fascinating world where science, ancient healing traditions, modern medical systems, psychology, philosophy and even technology meet to create a thrilling universe of possibilities for promoting and restoring health and creating wellness.

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Our Section, founded over 20 years ago as a Special Primary Interest Group, is an ever-growing community of practice that recently gained Section status within APHA. Our membership is a vibrant, diverse association of professionals and students dedicated to promoting public health aspects of integrative, complementary and traditional health practices, including health care professionals, researchers, academics, policy advocates, and trainees A thriving international membership gives our Section a global reach, which enhances the potential for multidisciplinary interaction, facilitates the development of a wider perspective of the field and bolsters collaboration.

We publish a vibrant quarterly newsletter that fosters professional development and participation, featuring articles on academic exchange and policy, training and continuing education announcements, networking and collaborating opportunities, as well as contributions for and by students. The Section also develops a stimulating scientific program for each APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, often in collaboration and fellowship with other Sections.

The Section cherishes student members and offers mentorship opportunities for professional enrichment and career development. We value student participation in all activities and committees and are cognizant of the fundamental role that new generations play in creating a shared vision, promoting creativity and invigorating the field.

We warmly invite you to be in touch with us and collaborate in policy undertakings and scientific program development. Together, we can work toward the goal of creating a health care system that includes wellness as a right, not a privilege.

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Leadership Roster

Section Chair: Isabel Roth

Chair Elect: Anupama Kizhakkeveettil 

Immediate Past Chair: Daniel Gallego-Perez

Membership Chairs: Raveena Mata & Zoe Harris

Program Chairs: John Finnel & Alison Whitehead

Nominations Chair: Anita Rangaswami

Communication Chair: Jennifer Noborikawa

Social Media Coordinators: Isabel Roth & Jennifer Noborikawa

Awards Chairs: Anupama Kizhakkeveettil & Deborah Hughes Ndao

Mentoring Chairs: Bei-Hung Chang & Manoj Sharma

Policy Chairs: S. Prasad Vinjamury & Marita LaMonica