This post was provided by GHC Member, AIHM
AIHM is a membership-based organization and the leading provider of inter-professional education to health professionals in Integrative Health & Medicine.
As an organization, AIHM leaders believe that global health professionals must consider the social conditions that perpetuate disease, the undeniable connection that exists between the health of our planet and ourselves, the empowerment of people to be involved in decisions that involve their health, and the use of safe, lower-cost interventions for the prevention and, when appropriate, treatment of disease.
“Integrative Medicine” (IM), or as AIHM favors, “Integrative Health & Medicine” (IHM), is a practice that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches. Integrative health and medicine aims to offer best practices for optimal health and healing. According to AIHM, the integrative approach is, by its very nature, inter-professional.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Tabatha Parker, ND, AIHM Director of Education.
Dr. Parker is a global agent and connector. In 2015, she was named Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). Last year, she also received an honorary naturopathic degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and was given the highest honor in naturopathy, “Magister Natura” from Spain for her work advancing naturopathy globally.
Dr. Parker came to the AIHM after establishing a track record of success in Global Health Education and Policy. She was the founding co-chair of the Masters in Global Health at National College of Natural Medicine, the first global health masters offered at a naturopathic medical school, and was previously on faculty at Bastyr University. She is the interim co-secretary general of the World Naturopathic Federation, and worked with the World Health Organization on the WHO Benchmarks for Training in Naturopathy.
Dr. Parker co-founded and was the Executive Director for nearly a decade of Natural Doctors International (NDI), the first and oldest naturopathic global health organization. Her clinical work in Nicaragua on women’s empowerment, cervical cancer screening has been ground breaking. In 2012, she became the first naturopathic physician to graduate as a Faculty Development Scholar from Dr. Ellen Beck’s University of California San Diego’s program, Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved. As president of NDI, she signed an MOU with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to work together with PAHO, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health and universities like Utne Reader to help research and implement integrative and traditional medicine into the Nicaraguan national system as outlined in the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023.
Dr. Parker is naturally funny, unceasingly direct and a true visionary spirit. As an activist for the integrative medicine global health community, she believes holistic healthcare is a human right and works for parity for healthcare providers and full access for all patients to holistic medicine. In her spare time, she loves to dance, sing, and laugh with her husband and two children in Miami, Florida. She is much loved by her AIHM teammates who are deeply inspired by her passion and compassion.
Dr. Parker and AIHM welcomes GHC members to learn more about the Academy and its work at www.aihm.org. In 2016, there are two conferences where you can connect directly. The International Congress in Stuttgart, Germany (June 9-11) and the AIHM Annual Conference, People, Planet, Purpose, in San Diego, CA (Oct. 30 – Nov. 3).