The following were developed at the first ACCAHC leadership retreat in February 2004, endorsed in March 2004 and updated in July 2012.
ACCAHC envisions a healthcare system that is multidisciplinary and enhances competence, mutual respect and collaboration across all healthcare disciplines. This system will deliver effective care that is patient centered, focused on health creation and healing, and readily accessible to all populations.
The mission of ACCAHC is to enhance the health of individuals and communities by creating and sustaining a network of global educational organizations and agencies, which will promote mutual understanding, collaborative activities and interdisciplinary healthcare education.
The diversity and traditions that exist in programs and institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the US Department of Education, as well as emerging fields that are actively engaging educational and regulatory processes.
The Institute of Medicine statement that “the goal of integrating care should be the provision of comprehensive care that is safe and effective care, that is collaborative and interdisciplinary, and care that respects and joins effective interventions from all sources.”(1)
Public accountability and standards of practice, which emphasize patient-centered care, patient safety, practice competencies, professionalism and a rigorous code of ethics.
The diverse healthcare paradigms and their academic and clinical applications, which recognize the intimate relationship between health, mind, body, spirit and environment, and emphasize health promotion, healing, prevention and wellness.
The importance of insuring that all academic health care programs and institutions accredited through US Department of Education-recognized accrediting bodies have direct and equitable access to all public and private support systems.
Evolving academic health centers and institutions as they emerge through the benchmarking processes of establishing high standards and developing academic curriculum, research, clinical training, future leaders and policy action that will affect the transformation of our health care system.
Explicit inclusion of "complementary and alternative medicine" therapies and licensed or nationally certified practitioners, "integrative health" and "integrative practitioners" in governmental and private healthcare policy dialogues, reports and recommendations until such time as these distinct disciplines and practices that are used by significant subsets of the population are routinely included as part of the interprofessional communities of medical and healthcare professions.
(1)Institute of Medicine: Committee on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Institute of Medicine. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the United States. Washington D.C.: National Academy of Sciences Press, 2005