Online Program

Opportunities for Integrating Oriental Medicine in the Practice of Public Health

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Celia Hildebrand, M.S.O.M., Licensed Acupuncturist, Diplomate Acupuncture (NCCAOM), Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts, Asheville, NC
Apryl Krause, MPH, ND, Diabetes Program, Pascua Yaqui Health Services Division, Tucson, AZ
The practice of Oriental Medicine (including needles, herbs, adjunctive techniques of cupping, gua sha, Tai Chi, and tui na) has been integral to public health in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and other East Asian countries, for millennia. What are the best use practices of this medicine that we can bring forward and incorporate in communities across the United States, to help prevent, mitigate and treat conditions that plague our population? Considering demographics of age, gender, race, economics and health and using statistics available through CDC, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Public Health Services, we will describe the unfolding role of Oriental Medicine in public health. What are the realistic potentials and opportunities in the United States for integrating public health practices with the range of practices afforded by Oriental Medicine? Participants will leave the presentation with a very basic understanding of precepts of Oriental Medicine (OM), including a brief outline of OM approaches to patient intake, care, and treatment; a history of how and where OM has been used within public health; basic educational pedagogies in the United States, and a proposal for how OM could be effectively integrated into community public health practices and programs. Opportunities will be discussed, and examples of successful efforts in the United States will be provided, as we introduce effective policies and protocols for integrating Oriental Medicine to community health practices.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
List four similarities between practices of classical Chinese medicine and public health Assess opportunities for introducing Oriental Medicine to public health practices in small health care settings. Formulate policies for integrating Oriental medicine into clinical practices in small health care settings.

Keyword(s): Community Health Centers, Treatment System

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Celia holds an M.S. in Oriental Medicine (2002) and has worked in the fields of health care delivery and strategic planning with Native American tribes of the Southwest since 1990. She is currently the Academic Dean at Daoist Traditions College in Asheville, NC. She had an active consulting business with Native American tribes, and a practice in Oriental Medicine. She completes her doctorate in June 2015 focused on Oriental Medicine in public health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

Back to: 4375.1: Special ICTHP Poster Session