National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
NCCIH Strategic Plan FY 2021–2025
Mapping the Pathway to Research on Whole Person Health
ISMETA would like to congratulate the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) for the landmark inauguration of the latest five-year strategic plan on May 14, 2021. This plan offers a powerful example of a new paradigm for healthcare based on health and wellness rather than disease. Focused around Whole Person Health, this plan outlines research priorities to continue improving complimentary health services in the United States, including multicomponent therapeutic models to improve nutritional, psychological, and physical health and wellbeing.
ISMETA’s Executive Director, Elisa Cotroneo, and Research and Publications Committee Co-Chair, Elisabeth Osgood Campbell, had the distinct honor of being involved in a 10-month process with the Research Working Group of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) to help shape NCCIH’s plan. The ACIH group worked diligently to identify priorities within the integrative health community and provide comments to the NCCIH through multiple rounds of input. We are grateful that ISMETA’s voice was included and heard throughout this process.
Our comments were integrated in a number of areas of the plan. One area that we are confident our voice mattered was in the NCCIH Framework of Complimentary Therapies. In the first and second draft of the plan, Movement Education was not included. We consistently provided compelling reasons to include our work of Somatic Movement Education and were thrilled to see Movement Education included in the final version. Although being a part of this framework does not necessarily imply that NCCIH will or will not fund Movement Education research, but that we are being recognized in the evolving landscape of complementary and conventional therapies within integrative health. For this we are thrilled!
We are also glad to see that a number of NCCIH’s top scientific priorities align very well with Somatic Movement Education and Therapy. Researching “Interoception, Modulation of interoceptive processes and Health Restoration and Resiliency", are of high interest to NCCIH and these areas are also inherent in our work of Somatic Movement.
Being a part of this process has provided so many benefits and outreach opportunities for us all in Somatic Movement Education and Therapy. We are sincerely grateful for the opportunity to participate with these esteemed colleagues.
With excitement for the future,
Elisa Cotroneo, RSME/T, RSDE, ISMETA Executive Director
Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, MA. RSME/T, Co-Chair, Research and Publications Committee
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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. NCCIH Strategic Plan FY 2021–2025: Mapping the Pathway to Research on Whole Person Health. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health website accessed at https://nccih.nih.gov/about/nccih-strategic-plan-2021-2025 on [June 1, 2021].
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is a center of the National Institute of Health in the United States
The mission of NCCIH is to determine, through rigorous scientific investigation, the fundamental science, usefulness, and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care.
Scientific evidence informs decision making by the public, health care professionals, and health policymakers regarding the integrated use of complementary health approaches in a whole person health framework.
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