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  Our Call for Proposals for the 10th Annual Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US) Conference is now

Welcome to IM4US!

Proposal Overview:

 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:

  • Present new evidence-based information and IH approaches and solutions
  • Use engaging and high impact educational methodologies
  • Challenge participants to think and learn about IH in new and innovative ways

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
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
   person care.

Speaking Opportunities Available:

  • Keynote Speakers/Plenary Sessions (60-90 minutes)
  • Conference Workshops and Breakout Sessions (60 minutes)
  • Pre-Conference Half-day Workshops (3.5 hours)
  • Session Starters or Transitional Activities (5-Minutes)


Content Suggestions:
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)

  • Social/SDOH – food insecurity, transportation, homelessness,
  • Racism
  • Cultural Barriers (American Indian, Hispanic, Black, Asian, immigrant populations)

Creating Innovative Solutions
to increase access for underserved populations

  • Telemedicine
  • Mobile Health
  • Group Visits
  • Health Tech – mobile apps, voice activated

Pathways to Wellness
through Integrative Health (collaboration, managing co-morbidities, etc.)

  • Pain management
  • Alternatives to opioid use
  • Obesity, Diabetes
  • Mental health Issues – trauma, stress, challenges for specific populations (vets, incarcerated, black men)
  • Involving caregivers

Overcoming New Challenges and Implementing (or Shaping) Solutions
– systems, payors, policy changes impacting IH

  • Women’s health (abortion, family planning)
  • SNAP funding cuts in legislation
  • Medicaid and Medicare changes
  • Policy issues on the table to know about and get ahead of
  • Changes to reimbursement, restructuring reimbursement services 
  • How integrated health systems impact collaboration and patient care

Future-Focused Integrative Care Interventions

  • Climate change
  • Health technology
  • Using data to build a body of evidence
  • Evolving health system vs private practice models of care

Whole Person, Whole Life-Cycle Integrative Care

  • Pediatrics
  • Teens/Young Adults
  • Women’s health (pregnancy, delivery, post-partum)
  • Male adults
  • Seniors

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.


Proposal Submission:

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:

  1. Co-presenters* have been added to your proposal
  2. All presenters have completed their contact profiles, including uploading a photo
  3. You have read and agree to the Policies and Guidelines, contributor agreement, video release, and terms and conditions


*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.


Peer Review:

All proposals are peer reviewed by at least 2 people and are scored based on:

  • presenter’s skills and experience (students are encouraged to apply)
  • whether the proposal addresses the conference theme and educational objectives
  • the overall quality of the proposal

Notification of Selection:

If your proposal is selected:

  • You will receive an offer letter by email on or before April 27th, 2020. The offer letter will include the title of the accepted proposal, the day and time of your presentation, instructions for accepting the offer to present and additional information.
  • The primary presenter will be asked to formally accept the offer to present by the deadline listed in the offer letter.
  • Due to the high volume of applications we receive, if we do not receive the formal acceptance to present by the deadline, we will extend the offer to another presenter.
  • If you need to cancel your presentation, please alert IM4US (conference@im4us.org) right away so that we may select another presenter, time permitting.

If your proposals is not selected:

  • You will be notified by May 14th, 2020.
  • Please note that many quality proposals are turned away each year due to the high volume of proposals we receive. If your proposal is not selected this year, we hope you'll apply again next year!


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.


Additional Information:
       ·   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.

  • Unforeseen circumstances can impact the conference schedule and therefore alter the date and time of presentations. If selected, we will notify you by email if we need to change the day or time of your session.
  • Presenters are asked to bring their own printed materials or handouts for their session. IM4US staff and volunteers cannot assist with the printing of presenter materials before or during the conference.


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.


About IM4US

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. 

© 2020

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