The Steering Committee of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine is comprised of one representative from each of the 51 member academic health centers and 3 affiliate institutional representative; most often it is the institute’s director who sits on the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee members share the same goals, visions, and principles in regard to the advancement, awareness, and acceptance of integrative medicine. The Steering Committee was established with the authority to make decisions on behalf of the Consortium. While each member has a vested interest at their own school and clinic, Consortium members recognize the importance of advancing the field of integrative medicine. As an organization, the Steering Committee members are committed and willing to step away from their own personal agendas, and work together to advance integrative medicine in the areas of education, research, and clinical practice.
Ben Kligler, MD, MPH, of the Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine, is currently the chair of the Consortium serving a two-year term (2012-2013) alongside vice-chair Margaret Chesney, PhD, of the University of California-San Francisco. The Steering Committee meets in the fall and spring each year to discuss progress of the working groups and to ensure that the goals of the Consortium are implemented successfully. The Steering Committee holds the voting rights and power of the Consortium.
The goal, at its essence, is to make a qualitative difference in people’s health by advocating an integrative model of healthcare incorporating mind, body, and spirit. The Consortium represents a tremendous opportunity to affect the direction, assumptions and outcomes of healthcare. Here the whole is much more than the sum of the parts.