Integrative Consortium Selects Elizabeth Goldblatt-Martha Menard Team as New Co-Executive Directors

Duo Brings Rich Networks and Years of Volunteer Leadership of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) to the Task

SEATTLE, July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC – www.accahc.org) is excited to announce as its new co-executive directors a team of established leaders in integrative health and medicine: Elizabeth A. Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA and Martha Menard, PhD, LMT. Each is a deeply respected leader with 20 years of ACCAHC volunteerism between them.

Goldblatt is one of the ACCAHC founders, who served as the organization's chair during ACCAHC's robust growth from 2008 to the present. (See ACCAHC Chronology of Accomplishment 2004-2015.)  She came into ACCAHC as the President of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, through which she helped shaped that field's academic maturation and integration with conventional academic health centers. She was the president of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the Provost/VPAA of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine where she is currently on the doctoral faculty.  Goldblatt serves on the leadership teams for the Duke program for Leadership in Integrative Health Care and, on behalf of ACCAHC, the leadership advisory team to the University of Arizona National Center for Integrative Primary Health Care.

Menard is a clinician, researcher and educator who came to ACCAHC via multiple leadership positions with the massage therapy community. The author of the widely used text on research literacy, Making Sense of Research,  Menard is an integrative pain leader who is currently guest faculty for the Samueli Institute Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative, and, on behalf of ACCAHC, on the steering committee for the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS). Menard is the director of the Crocker Institute, where she uses program evaluation as a means for helping nonprofit organizations, businesses and institutions assess their outcomes and impact, and is an editor for the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine.

David O'Bryon, JD, the executive director of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges and the interim chair of ACCAHC expresses the excitement of the ACCAHC community: "It is terrific to have Drs. Goldblatt and Menard step forward. Each of their work as volunteers with ACCAHC has been extraordinary. They know and are respected widely in our deeply interprofessional culture and in the broader networks with which we work. They've already hit the ground running!"

Goldblatt shares that she is "delighted to become the Co-Executive Director with Dr. Martha Menard" and working together to "take ACCAHC to its next level of maturation and impact on interprofessional education and collaborative practice." She notes her own long-held view as a consumer that a powerful consortium linking the five licensed complementary and integrative health professions and related traditional medicine and emerging fields "could truly make a difference in the public having access" to these professions. She adds, "ACCAHC is indeed making a difference and we are now a very well-respected national organization that has integrity, is involved in many important national initiatives and having a significant impact on health care education, interprofessional education and collaborative practice."

Menard adds: "I know from my volunteer experience what a wonderful group of smart and engaged people work with ACCAHC, across multiple professions, and that together we are working collaboratively to improve the nation's health." She underscores the potency of the partnership: "As Co-Executive Director with Liza, I have a tremendous opportunity to make a difference, and be involved at a different level than I can as a volunteer." She sees ACCAHC moving into "a more established phase as an organization after showing what we can accomplish - we're poised to do more going forward. I'm very  happy to serve the organization in this new role and look forward to contributing to its continued success." 

Goldblatt's contributions to ACCAHC have included service twice on National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) committees. The first shaped the Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public and more recently, the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. In each instance, Goldblatt advanced ACCAHC's mission in widening the circle of those on interprofessional teams and in keeping the focus on a system that focuses on health creation. As ACCAHC chair, she prioritized the organization's work in interprofessionalism, including serving as lead on ACCAHC's highly-regarded Clinicians' and Educators' Desk Reference on the Licensed Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Professions (second edition 2013).   

Menard has chaired ACCAHC's Task Force on Integrative Pain Care through which she was lead author on the influential PAINS policy brief, Never Only Opioids: The Imperative for Early Integration of Non-Pharmacologic Approaches and Practitioners in the Treatment of Patients with Pain.  As a long-time member and then co-chair of the ACCAHC Research Working Group, she has been a key team member in clarifying research priorities of the licensed integrative health professions and communicating these to the NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Menard was lead author on the recently published  Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine article Consensus Recommendations to NCCIH from Research Faculty in a Transdisciplinary Academic Consortium for Complementary and Integrative Health and Medicine.

For more information on Goldblatt, click here, and for Menard, click here.

Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC): ACCAHC is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to enhance patient care through fostering mutual respect and understanding among diverse healthcare professionals and disciplines. ACCAHC does so through education, convening and advocacy. ACCAHC is a leadership organization focused on advancing the whole person, team-based, health-focused values of integrative health and medicine as a means of shifting our medical industry toward a system focused on health creation. Core membership consists of the national educational institutions linked to the five licensed integrative healthcare professions with a US DoE-recognized accrediting body: chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, massage therapy, and direct-entry midwifery. Together these fields represent over 370,000 licensed practitioners. For information on current or past projects, see Chronicle of Accomplishment and www.accahc.org and www.optimalintegration.org.   

Media Contact: Renee Clugston, Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, 206.599.9339, rclugston@accahc.org

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