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The American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) offers the following resources for those researching the various aspects of establishing an integrated healing center. These resources were provided and/or recommended by individuals and organizations with experience and expertise in this arena.
Please note: AHHA does not make value judgments distinguishing these individuals and organizations or what they are offering. You are responsible to verify what is appropriate for your needs.
These AHHA Institutional Members are on our Healing Centers in North America list.
This is a nonprofit organization that connects those with experience to those who need help.
When you have your center planned and are ready to recruit healthcare professionals for your center’s staff, the following resource lists may prove helpful to you:
You can use the search options to locate practitioners in your immediate geographic area, some of whom may be open to a change and/or may know of someone who is.
Use the various search option to zero in on the specific modalities you seek.
One of the most serious pitfalls for an integrated center is a weak business structure. The following resource focuses on supporting the business aspects of an integrated healing facility. You are encouraged to take advantage of the expertise of John Weeks and his The Integrator Blog that compiles news and reports to provide tools, insights and connections to enhance integrated care in the healthcare environment.
by U.S. Government Printing Office
A Report to the National Centers of Health on Alternative Medical Systems and Practices in the United States
Published by Workshop on Alternative Medicine, Chantilly, VA (1992)
by Michael H. Cohen, Esq
This book addresses interest in the legal, ethical, and regulatory aspects of integrating alternative medicine into conventional clinical settings.
Published by University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI (2000)
by Michael H. Cohen
This book explores the legal issues that healthcare providers (both conventional and alternative), institutions, and regulators confront as they contemplate integrating complementary and alternative medicine into mainstream U.S. healthcare.
Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD (1998)
by William Collinge, MPH, PhD
This book offers an in-depth introduction to eight major alternative medicine healing traditions: Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Naturopathic Medicine, Homeopathy, Mind/Body Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy & Bodywork.
Published by Warner Books, New York, NY (1997)
by Willard H. Dean, MD and Pamela G. Barich, RN, CNS
This book offers a guide to setting up and running day-to-day operations of a holistic health center in your community.
Purchase through Willard H. Dean, MD 73 Sabino Gonzales Rd, Glorieta, NM 87535 505-983-1120 email@example.com $49 plus $6 Shipping/Handling
by Madeleine Harland and Glen Finn
Designed for those considering setting up a private healthcare practitioner practice. Helps you think through and plan for most of the problems and challenges that running a business entails.
Published by Hyden House Ltd., Great Britain
by Beth Rosenthal, MPH, MBA, PhD
This book provides hundreds of national resources supporting the integration of holistic and conventional approaches.
Published by EMPR Inc., PO Box 14684, Chicago, IL 60614
by Cherie Sohnen-Moe
This book takes you from visioning, to marketing, to hiring staff.
Purchase through Sohnen-Moe Associates, 6020 W Peregrine Way, Tucson, AZ 85745 520-743-3936 www.sohnen-moe.com
Attorney in legal and regulatory issues affecting complementary and alternative medicine
Michael H Cohen Law Group
468 North Camden Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310-844-3173 www.michaelHcohen.com
Offers consultation to healing centers that take a holistic view and include caregiver education as part of their integrative care services. Teaches healing techniques and practices for family caregivers to use at home, as participants in the healthcare team, recognizing the significance of the role relationships play in the healing process.
Collinge and Associates
3480 Kincaid St, Eugene, OR 97405 541-632-3502 firstname.lastname@example.org www.collinge.org
Offers consultation to healing centers and individuals who are interested in combining a healing center with a retreat center. Consultation provides information concerning the business structure necessary to create a successful center that offers both healing modalities, retreats and guest housing- marketing, screening and selection of practitioners, creating a guest house that houses retreatants, organizing retreats, workshops, etc.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico GTO 37700 214-432-5711US email@example.com www.lifepathretreats.com
Assists individuals working with existing and developing healing centers. Helps to create plans to accomplish business and personal goals and successfully address the challenges of interprofessional collaboration.
PO Box 14684, Chicago, IL 60614 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bethannerosenthal.com/healing-centers-united
As you progress along your journey of developing your new healing center, there are many ways AHHA can continue to be an educational resource for you.
Monthly and weekly AHHA emails out materials you may find interesting.
This will not only expand your personal health knowledge, but you can start identifying what you will want to share with the future patients/clients coming to your center.