February 2011: ND Nominated to NCCAM and the 2011 Legislative Agenda

By Karen Howard, Executive Director

Jane Guiltinan, ND, Nominated to NCCAM

Jane Guiltinan, ND, Past-President of the AANP and Dean of Naturopathic Medicine for Bastyr University, has been nominated by Josephine Briggs, MD, to become a member of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Advisory Council. Dr. Briggs, Director of NCCAM, will forward her nomination to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who will make the final decision. A final decision is expected prior to the end of year, at which time Tim Birdsall, ND, FABNO, will end his term on the 17-member council. Dr. Briggs was a keynote speaker at the 2010 AANP Annual Convention. NCCAM is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on “CAM” and has an annual budget of approximately $130 million.

2011 Legislative Agenda
The DC Federal Legislative Initiative (FLI) is schedule for April 30 through May 2, culminating with our annual Capitol Hill reception. Each year, more than 125 students and NDs travel to Washington, D.C., to have their voices heard. While every year is important, this year we have many new Members of Congress who may not know what naturopathic medicine is. Our priority remains the same: establishing naturopathic medicine as a key component of health care in America and gaining recognition in federal programs that will benefit patients across the country. Register for this event online and let the AANP office take it from there! We will schedule your visits and provide you the training you need to be the best advocate possible. Registration opens soon! Additional details on our advocacy efforts will be posted on the Web site in April.

Can’t wait to be a part of our legislative effort? Then take two minutes of your day to write the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding the definition of “integrative health care practitioner,” contained in the new health-care law. Defining this ‘new’ provider should enable the broad array of practitioners, including NDs who provide true patient-centered care, to be recognized and included in the host of programs offered by the federal and state government. Our success requires we make our position known!