FMEC’s Integrative Health Learning and Teaching Network, 2023-2024

The Integrative Health Learning and Teaching Network has been working closely with faculty members to identify the family medicine community's needs for promoting learning that incorporates Whole Person Health.

Keep scrolling to:
- See what we have learned so far
- Watch presentations on successful implementations of group visits
- Register for our next networking event
- Share your experiences or resources

What we have learned so far:

  • 70% of respondents say residents/patients are asking for more integrative health resources/training than they can provide
  • 95% of Faculty believe it is important, or very important, for residents to have integrative health training
  • Top responses when faculty were asked what they do not have but would like to offer:
         1.  Faculty development in integrative health
         2.  Access to tools to implement integrative health used in primary care clinic
         3.  Opportunities to incorporate integrative health in continuity care and clinic

Presentations from our Integrative Health Learning and Teaching Network Community available on the FMEC YouTube Channel

Focus on Integrative Health                                                                                   Focus on Lifestyle Medicine
Presenter:  Suhani Bora, MD                                                                                 Presenter: Michelle Thompson, DO

Share your experiences and resources!

Do you have an Integrative Health success story or resource you would like to share with the FMEC community?

−  Share your expertise by presenting to the group. 
−  Share your challenges. (sharing your challenges will help us design tools and resources to help the community navigate hurdles)
−  Share your materials. (share materials you have created)
−  Share external resources. (share links you have found helpful, or to let us know about collaboration opportunities)

Please complete this form to let us know:

 2023-2024 Advisory Committee

  • Elena Rosenbaum, MD, Associate Professor Department of Family and Community Medicine, Albany Medical College, Medical Director, Healthy Alliance
  • Suhani Bora, MD, Integrative Medicine Fellowship Director at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
  • Jennifer Padden Elliott, PharmD, Director, Center for Integrative Health, Ed and Karen Fritzky Family Chair in Integrative Medicine and Wellbeing, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Duquesne University
  • Andrea E. Gordon, MD, Director of Integrative Medicine, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Tufts University
  • Harminder Grewal, MD, MBBS, DGO, ABIHM, ABOIM, FAAFP, Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Fairborn, OH, Medical Director, Wright State Physicians, Whole Health Clinical Lead, Dayton VA Medical Center
  • Allen F. Shaughnessy, Pharm.D., M.Med.Ed., Director, Master Teacher Fellowship, Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine for Research, Tufts University School of Medicine

FMEC IH Networking Events are open to anyone who would like to attend.

Through learning communities, educational programs, and networking, the FMEC is committed to promoting learning about Integrative Health in training and practice with the support of the Samueli Foundation.

Interested parties are asked to contact Rebecca Bouck, FMEC educational projects consultant, at [email protected]

FMEC’s Integrative Health Learning Community, 2020-2022 

Case Studies Show Success of Integrative Health Learning Community
The Samueli Foundation and the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC) have released case studies from the Integrative Health Learning Collaborative (IHLC) which capture challenges and successes from four participating clinics: the Cleveland Clinic, UCI Health, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, and UC Health. In addition to highlights from participating sites, the case study reports include an overview of whole-person care and IH, evidence supporting whole-person care, and information on quality improvement methodology. See the FMEC’s news release for more information, and access the full case study reports as well as an overview on the website of Dr. Wayne Jonas.

New White Paper Shows Integrative Care Improves Outcomes, Reduces Costs
U.S. health care systems and clinics report reducing costs, improving patient experience and outcomes, and enhancing clinician wellbeing by delivering integrative care, according to a new white paper published by Samueli Foundation and the Family Medicine Education Consortium. The Case for Delivering Whole-Person Health Care details how shifting treatment practices to an integrative approach that mixes evidence-based conventional medicine, non-drug treatments, and self-care can help achieve far-reaching systemic improvements. The FMEC thanks the Samueli Foundation for helping advance whole-person care and reduce costs through support of the FMEC Integrative Health Learning Community.

About the Integrative Health Learning Community
The FMEC Integrative Health Learning Community (IHLC), sponsored by the Samueli Foundation, is designed to improve the delivery of person-centered integrative health practices into routine primary care. 

Most chronic diseases seen in primary care can be prevented or even improved by addressing their underlying social and behavioral determinants. Yet these determinants are poorly managed in medicine.  The COVID pandemic has highlighted even further the need to enhance our ability to address chronic disease risks and those disproportionately affected such as the elderly, minorities, the poor, and people of color.

Clinics participating in this 9-12 month community will learn about the HOPE Toolkit, non-pharmacological approaches for pain and opioid management, and evidence-based complementary treatments and support of self-care for chronic diseases. They will improve their integrative health services by learning from other clinics, accessing tools, and educational resources, and engaging in practice improvement and evaluation. 


  • Wayne Jonas, MD, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Georgetown University and Executive Director, Samueli Integrative Health Programs; author of How Healing Works 
  • Connie Earl, DO, family physician in Sonoma County, CA 
  • Andrea Gordon, MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Tufts University Family Medicine Residency, Cambridge Health Alliance 
  • Elena Rosenbaum, MD, Medical Director, Alliance for Better Health, Director of Integrative Medicine, Albany Family Medicine, and Associate Professor, AMC Department of Family and Community Medicine 
  • Allen Shaughnessy, PharmD, MMedEd, Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Medical Education, Tufts University Family Medicine Residency, Cambridge Health Alliance 

Goals and Objectives
The objectives for IHLC are to: 

  • Understand the crucial role of non-pharmacological and self-care approaches in primary care for reducing risk factors for chronic disease and COVID and improving health in those with chronic disease;
  • Learn how to use the HOPE Tools and evidence-based integrative medicine practices and adapt them for routine use in their clinics;
  • Implement integrative health visits in a subgroup of patients in the clinic as a routine process;
  • Collect both process and outcomes data on those integrative health visits, evaluate and adjust the clinic processes to improve practice and quality care using integrative health; and
  • Share results at meetings such as the FMEC Annual Meeting, the Direct Primary Care Summit, and others 

History and Accomplishments
The IHLC was initiated with a call for interested practices in the summer of 2020. The FMEC invited family medicine residencies, federally qualified health centers, other clinics, and independent and hospital-owned primary care practices to join a one-year learning collaborative (LC) for implementing and testing tools for whole-person integrative health practices in routine primary care. The IHLC accepted 17 sites. The sites participated in small group and monthly meetings from November 2020 to September 2021.  They completed a year of educational sessions and quality improvement cycles in September 2021.

During a preconference at the FMEC 2021 Annual Meeting in October 2021, faculty members and sites shared their successes and challenges. Every site reporting found that the experience helped them improve care and healing. Many noted plans to introduce the strategies into residency training, and they also reported that patients appreciated the information they received about non-drug and other services.

Beginning in November 2021, a cohort of sites agreed to continue to work with Dr. Wayne Jonas of the Samueli Foundation and the other faculty during an extension period, where they will continue to explore issues such as defining team roles and responsibilities in integrative care; securing leadership support and making the “business case’” and the role of technology including electronic medical records and apps.


  • IHLC Project Update, October 7, 2021 – Dr. Wayne Jonas presents an update on ILHC progress at the 2021 FMEC Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Learning Community Tools and Educational Resources – Video recordings of presentations from the collaborative are posted in this folder.
    • Interprofessional Collaboration
    • Clinic Flow
    • Reflecting on Experiences
    • IHLC Kick-off Presentation, August 25, 2020 – Dr. Wayne Jonas presents core information on defining integrative health, person-centered care, the HOPE (Healing Oriented Practices & Environments) tool kit

Opportunities for Involvement
The ILHC is no longer accepting applications. Future cohorts of the ILHC will be announced through FMEC communications. To join FMEC and receive member communications, visit the FMEC Member Center

For More Information
Scott Allen, MS, [email protected]

Updated November, 2023