Dr. Margaret Chesney to Speak at Congressional Briefing 4/10

bio_chesney4/17/14 UPDATE: Read about this briefing on John Weeks’ blog.

UCSF Osher Center Director Dr. Margaret Chesney is one of four speakers to present a Congressional Briefing on “Easing the U.S. Healthcare Crisis: The Role of Integrative Healthcare” on Thursday, April 10. This briefing is co-sponsored by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, for which Dr. Chesney is the current chair, and the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report “U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health” presents rigorous scientific evidence of the well-known fact that our healthcare system underperforms, leaving American unhealthy while incurring unsustainable costs. This briefing will present proposed solutions to that problem.

Discussion Topics:

  • Lessons from the IOM report;
  • How to address the U.S. Primary Care Shortage by:
    1) Reprioritizing what is primary in our care, and
    2) Appropriately training & deploying all qualified primary care providers in our workforce;
  • What integrative healthcare is and the solutions it offers to our current obstacles;
  • The financial case for integrative healthcare;
  • Why the leadership of Allina Health decided to apply integrated health and healing across their entire 12-hospital, 90-clinic, 15-pharmacy system; and
  • What this demonstrates about taking integrative healthcare out of the boutique and into the system.

Times and Locations:
Cannon House Office Building, 10:00-11:30 am, Room 421
Dirksen Senate Office Building, 2:00-3:30 pm, Room 430

Margaret A. Chesney, Ph.D.
Chair, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM)
Professor of Medicine, Osher Foundation Distinguished Professor in Integrative Medicine
Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Janet R. Kahn, PhD, LMT
Member, Federal Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health
Res. Asst. Prof., University of Vermont College of Medicine
Principal Investigator, Mission Reconnect: Promoting Resilience and Reintegration of Post-Deployment Veterans and Their Families

Courtney Jordan Baechler, MD, MS
Chief Wellness Officer & Vice President, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Allina Health
Adjunct Faculty, University of Minnesota Department of Cardiology
Past Healthcare Board Chair, Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Plan (SHIP)

Leonard Wisneski, MD
Board Chair, Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC)
Clinical Professor of Medicine, George Washington University Medical Center
Faculty, Georgetown University and University of Colorado
Author of textbook The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine

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