Our Call for Proposals for the 10th Annual Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US) Conference is now CLOSED!
Welcome to IM4US!
Join us in Milwaukee, WI August 27-29, 2020 as we honor a decade of growth in integrative healthcare and celebrate the 10-year anniversary of IM4US paving the way toward health equity and wellness for all.
The IM4US 10th annual conference will honor our past and celebrate our future and explore ways the integrative health movement is forging the pathway toward a new health paradigm focused on wellness, prevention, and health equity for everyone. Our theme this year is: “Pathways to Health Equity: Dismantling Barriers and Creating Solutions through Integrative Health.”
The Annual Conference is open to all integrative health providers across diverse modalities and approaches (allopathic, naturopathic, homeopathic, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, energy medicine, mind-body, mindfulness, behavioral health, nutrition, etc.), along with organizations or individuals caring for or working with underserved people/communities. This inclusive community includes administrators, academics, advocacy groups, community organizations, payers, policy and public health organizations and individuals.
This year’s conference will focus on how to work collectively across key stakeholder groups to address structural barriers to achieving Integrative Health (IH) equity. The conference program will aim to address:
· Practical solutions and how to’s for implementing IH in clinical settings for underserved populations
· Structural barriers and inequities within the healthcare system
· Impact of racial disparities on population health
· Impact of environmental factors and climate change on health and well-being
We invite you to share your knowledge and experience with our community! All proposals should focus on the application of IH in underserved and diverse communities, including indigenous populations.
We are especially interested in proposals that:
In addition, proposals should incorporate pathways to health equity that address system and structural/social barriers and provide hands-on/experiential learning opportunities. In addition, we welcome proposals that provide clinical pearls. We strongly encourage proposals to be evidence-based and present practical approaches in the following conference tracks:
· System (Clinical Practice/Skill Building) – addressing healthcare system inequities and providing
equitable integrative whole person clinical care for diverse and underserved patients in one-on-one and
in group clinical settings.
· Structural (Policy/Advocacy) - addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and structural barriers
through policy and advocacy initiatives to improve health equity.
· Social (Non-medical/Social Needs) – providing community-based support and resources that directly
address patient social needs, such as transportation, food access, etc.
· Solutions (IH Interventions/Health Outcomes) – implementing effective community-based and/or
efficacious IH interventions that improve health outcomes and dismantle barriers to equitable whole
Speaking Opportunities Available:
We are open to content in any of the following categories:
Dismantling Barriers to increase equity and improve outcomes (consider the following, suggest your own)
Creating Innovative Solutions to increase access for underserved populations
Pathways to Wellness through Integrative Health (collaboration, managing co-morbidities, etc.)
Overcoming New Challenges and Implementing (or Shaping) Solutions – systems, payors, policy changes impacting IH
Future-Focused Integrative Care Interventions
Whole Person, Whole Life-Cycle Integrative Care
Who Should Apply?
IM4US strives to be an inclusive community that embraces diversity and welcomes all individuals caring or advocating for the underserved, especially those from under-represented IH professions and diverse backgrounds. Healthcare providers, healers, researchers, public health workers, policy analysts, students, administrators, patients, and community members are encouraged to submit an abstract proposal.
Proposals Due: April 27th, 2020; 11:59 PM EST
Approval Notification: May 14th, 2020
Call for Proposals for Oral Research and Poster Presentations will be released at a later date.
Policies & Guidelines:
Please thoroughly read the Presenter Policies & Guidelines below BEFORE starting your proposal. You will be asked to confirm that you have read and agreed to the following terms during the proposal submission process.
No more than 2 proposals per primary presenter, please. Primary presenters are permitted to serve as co-presenters on others' proposals, however. The deadline to submit proposals is 11:59 PM on Monday, April 27, 2020. Late proposals will not be reviewed. It is strongly encouraged that you submit your proposal a few days before the deadline in case you need technical help or have questions.
Submissions will not be considered complete until:
*A co-presenter is a person who will be physically present at the conference and delivering part of the educational material to the learning audience. Please do not include contributors or collaborators on your application if they will not be on site to present material. You may list collaborators or co-authors on your presentation slides, but please do not add them as co-presenters on your application.
All proposals are peer reviewed by at least 2 people and are scored based on:
Notification of Selection:
If your proposal is selected:
If your proposals is not selected:
We strive to include as many proposals as possible, however no more than 2 proposals may be proposals submitted by primary presenters. We do our best to select as many presentations as possible by employing creative scheduling techniques, joining presentations into one session, assembling panels, and giving those whose applications were not chosen an opportunity to submit a poster.
It is the responsibility of the Presenter to furnish any special equipment needed for their session. IM4US does not provide exam tables, yoga mats, massage tables, pillows/cushions, and the like. Please keep this in mind as you prepare your proposal.
· Presenters will be asked to create a profile that includes a photo and bio to share with our attendees. This
information may appear on our website, marketing emails, social media, and conference mobile app.
If you agree to the terms listed above, please confirm by selecting START below to set up your new profile and complete the required information. You can complete this proposal in multiple sittings, if needed, as long as it is submitted by 11:59 pm EST on April 27th, 2020.
Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US) is a member-based collaborative and multidisciplinary group of people committed to affordable, accessible integrative health care for all. Through outreach, education, research, and advocacy, we support those dedicated to promoting health in underserved populations. Together we work to shift the current paradigm towards equity, wellness, prevention, patient empowerment, and self-care.
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