Ochsner Joins Academic Consortium’s Global Integrative Health Network

170843535577034339NEW ORLEANS (press release) — Ochsner Health is joining nearly 80 of the world’s most recognized academic medical centers and health systems as a new member of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. For integrative medicine professionals and students, the Academic Consortium is the world’s most comprehensive community for advancing the practice of whole health care, with leading expertise in research, clinical care, education, and policy. Ochsner’s integrative oncology program at Ochsner MD Anderson Cancer Center in New Orleans joins this community to further advance its holistic approach to cancer care.

“Innovation, community, humanity, and science are all core values of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health” said Academic Consortium Chair Amy Locke. “Ochsner MD Anderson Cancer Center’s commitment to developing and maintaining a robust and diverse integrative oncology program is exemplary of these values. We are thrilled to welcome them as our newest member.” 

Under the leadership of Medical Director Elizabeth Lapeyre, Ochsner MD Anderson’s integrative oncology program supports patients in Louisiana at every step of their cancer journey. By bringing together a diverse group of healthcare providers, Ochsner MD Anderson provides integrative oncology care that includes nurse navigation, social services, mental health services, massage therapy, acupuncture, therapeutic yoga, integrative nutrition, meditation, and rehabilitative wellness services.

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Ochsner Health continues to expand the infrastructure of their integrative services with current plans to add Tai Chi, music therapy, art therapy, and aromatherapy to their care program, in addition to increasing the frequency of Shared Medical Visit offerings. Further plans include the development of an on-site therapeutic food pantry to mitigate food insecurity and encourage healthier food choices.

Membership with the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health will help Ochsner MD Anderson continue to expand its integrative services as the program develops under the leadership of Dr. Lapeyre. It will also connect them with other institutions working toward the same goal, and with other Champions of Whole Health. 

Integrative medicine and health reaffirms the important relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic and lifestyle approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. 

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The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health is the world’s most comprehensive community for advancing the practice of whole health, with leading expertise in research, clinical care, and education. By consolidating the top institutions in the integrative medicine space, all working in unison towards a common goal, and as an established resource for world-class research, results, and expertise, ACIMH is a home for Champions of Whole Health from across the globe. Together with our prestigious network of members, we advocate for change, support important breakthroughs, and connect key stakeholders to help achieve health care that embraces and empowers every person.

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