ACCAHC's Project Partners are individual philanthropists, foundations, businesses, organizations, agencies and other entities which have each funds to support a specific program or aspect of ACCAHC's mission. The grant can target a portion of ACCAHC's internal budget or fund a special project identified by a Working Group or the Board. From ACCAHC's first work in 2004 as part of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) and through an alliance with the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF). ACCAHC's mission has been advanced though the vision and commitment of these funding partners. We are grateful.

Current Project Partners

Standard Process: Research Working Group ($36,500)

Whole foods supplement manufacturer Standard Process recognized the potential value of bringing together leading researchers from the complementary and alternative healthcare disciplines to advance a common agenda. The firm, which sells only to healthcare professionals, is particularly interested in advancing research models which respect the whole person care of integrative practices and the role of nutrition in health. Consistent with this view, Standard Process supports a multifaceted nutrition research program including clinical trials at naturopathic, chiropractic and conventional medical institutions. The firm has granted $23,500 since mid-2007 to support the development of the ACCAHC Research Working Group, including a July 2008 retreat in which the RWG team met in Washington, D.C. to estabish the RWG priorities.

National University of Health Sciences: CEDR and the Center for Optimal Integration ($40,000)

The first significant project that ACCAHC undertook the publication of the Clinicians' and Educators' Desk Reference on the Licensed Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Professions. Lombard, Illinois-based National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) stepepd up to support this project with a $10,000 grant. One of just a handful of multidisciplinary universities of natural health sciences, NUHS' academic offerings include programs in chiropractic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, naturopathic medicine and massage therapy. NUHS president James Winterstein, DC has led the transformation of the 100-year old institution from a chiropractic college (which in the mid-20th century also had a naturopathic program) into a multidisciplinary university. NUHS subsequently led support for the ACCAHC Center for Optimal Integration with a Gold Level commitment of $30,000 over 3 years.    Thanks to Dr. Winterstein and NUHS for their generous support of these essential projects.

NCMIC Foundation: Sustaining Support and Center for Optimal Integration ($60,000)

The NCMIC Foundation was established by the NCMIC Group to extend the business' longtime support of complementary and alternative approaches to health care in clinical practice, research and academics. NCMIC is the leading provider of malpractice insurance for the chiropractic and naturopathic medical professions and has repeatedly made critically important philanthropic investments  of strategic value in advancing these disciplines. NCMIC is now in its second three year term of significant support for ACCAHC. Funds for the 2011-2013 term are dedicated to the ACCAHC Center for Optimal Integration.

The CHP Group: 2013 Sponsorship for the Center for Optimal Integration ($5,000)


With over 20 years of experience managing a network of credentialed complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) providers, The CHP Group (CHP) is firmly established as the CAM authority and partner of choice. CHP provides solutions to health plans and large employers that deliver clinical insight into the CAM disciplines (chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and massage therapy), ensure access to high-quality CAM providers, and control health care costs.

Southern California University of Health Sciences: Center for Optimal Integration ($3,000 over 3 years)


ACCAHC President's level Individual College member Southern California University of Health Sciences deepened their commitment to ACCAHC's mission in 2013 with a pledge to support the Center with $3,000 over 3 years. Located in Whittier, California, SCUHS has been training men and women in patient care for over a century. SCUHS is dedicated to providing excellence in academics, service, scholarship, and leadership by educating students to be competent, caring and successful integrative healthcare practitioners.

Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine: Scholarships to Research Conference ($3500)

ACCAHC has enjoyed a long relationship with the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine which represents 43 conventional academic health center members. (See a Brief History or go to Executives of the two consortia met in a reception at the 2006 North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine (NARCCIM) sponsored by the conventional Consortium. ACCAHC was a Participating Organization at that meeting and will be again for the May 12-15 meeting in Minnesota, around which ACCAHC chose to schedule its own May 10-12 meeting (see below), to further foster inter-professional, inter-organizational and inter-institutional ties. The Consortium leadership chose to donate 15 scholarships of NARCCIM attendance for student researchers from the ACCAHC disciplines which are being offered through a process directed through ACCAHC's own Research Working Group (RWG), two of the members of which serve on the NARCCIM program committee. An ACCAHC RWG team lead by Healther Zwickey, PhD managed the selection process. The Consortium subsequently chose to sponsor a reception and dinner on May 11 as part of a 4 hour meeting of roughly 80 professionals, principally members of the Steering Committee of the Consortium and leaders of the ACCAHC board and working groups. Thanks to the Consortium for this grant, and especially to Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, PhD, Adi Haramati, PhD, and Victor Sierpina, MD, for taking the lead in making it happen.

Andrew Weil, MD: ACCAHC Leadership Conferences - Challenge Grant ($8000)

Andrew Weil, MD, has generously contributed his own funds to help support the costs of ACCAHC's Biennial Meetings in 2011 and 2013. Through his books and speaking appearances, Weil has awakened millions of people to the potential in integrating natural health care and distinctly licensed natural health practices with conventional treatment and providers. Weil is the physician face of "integrative medicine." The program Weil started at the University of Arizona School of Medicine in 1995 has now become a recognized Center of Excellence in Integrative Medicine. The Center offers a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine which has become the educational standard for MD academics in that field. Weil has also been a visible proponent of the licensed CAM professions, including bucking the direct opposition to naturopathic licensing from the Americal Medical Association in both California and New York. Weil's personal commitment speaks strongly to his belief in the importance of the integration of all disciplines in quality patient care.

Northwestern Health Sciences University: ACCAHC 2009 Leadership Conference Support ($5000)

Northwestern Health Sciences University provided generous support of the ACCAHC leadership meeting which took place on their campus May 10-12, 2009. The University first donated space on its campus for the gathering. Members of the staff helped organize the meeting's particulars in the months leading up to the meeting. Onsite, they hosted a welcoming reception and dinner on Sunday evening, May 10, when all the participants arrived. One of their students donated time in note-taking. ACCAHC particularly extends thanks to Mark Zeigler, DC, Northwestern's president; Chuck Sawyer, DC and Michael Wiles, DC, for guidance; student Jolene Habeck; and staff member Diane Newcomer.


Past Project Partners

ACCAHC's earliest work (2004-2006) was engaged as part of IHPC's National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care: Creating Common Ground . Philanthropic support was then directed through the Institute for Alternative Futures rather than directly to ACCAHC. Project Donors supporting that work included:

The support of these entities allowed ACCAHC to participate in or develop projects which have fostered cross-disciplinary, inter-institutional education and understanding aimed at bettering patient care.

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: Surveys on competencies of licensed acupuncturists in conventional settings.

Anonymous West Coast Foundation: Inter-institutional academic collaboration

Anonymous Midwestern Foundation: Inter-institutional academic collaboration

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: Booklet on the licensed complementary and alternative healthcare disciplines

The support of these entities allowed ACCAHC to participate in or develop projects which have fostered cross-disciplinary, inter-institutional education and understanding aimed at bettering patient care.