Catalyzing Integrative Approaches to Obesity and Mental Health

Catalyzing Integrative Approaches to Obesity and Mental Health

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The 2014 Commons Health Report: Catalyzing Integrative Approaches to Obesity and Mental Health Conference was a project of The Institute for a Sustainable Future in collaboration with the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM).

On September 22nd, nearly 200 leaders from organizations across the country convened for the Second Annual Accountable Communities for Health Conference. Health care, public health, and community leaders came together with citizens in this daylong conversation around a shared challenge, how to catalyze health creation. With a focus on two unique spheres within the health commons, food and mental health, attendees learned from national leaders and engaged in facilitated dialogue to explore and develop shared strategies to address two of the top most identified community health needs – obesity prevention and mental health. This report provides a conference overview, observations, and ideas generated by conference participants.

1) The Science of Health and Healing
Mimi Guarneri M.D, FACC ABIHM, President – Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine; Founder and Director – Taylor Academy for Integrative Medicine, Education, and Research

2) Place, Community Health, and Our Health Commons
Jamie Harvie, P.E., Executive Director – Institute for a Sustainable Future; Founder – Commons Health Network

3) Food Commons: A Values Model for Food, Health, and Community
Larry Yee, Co-founder, President, and Coordinating Director – The Food Commons

4) Mental Health
Scott Shannon, M.D. ABIHM, Founder – Wholeness Center

5) Civic Stewardship Applicable to Multiple Intractable Issues
Deb Nankivell, CEO – Fresno Business Council

6) From Movement to Models: Permanent Supportive Housing and the Role for Health Care -Nancy Cashman, Center City Housing; Hospital to Respite – Home Care for the Homeless – Dawn Petroskas RN, PhD, Catholic Charities; Community Integrative Mental Health – Laura Sandquist, DNP; Health Coaching in Lincoln Park – Elizabeth Devaney, RN, Community Action Duluth; Food, Yoga and Stress Reduction in Community Based Care – Dana Christmas, North Home Children’s Services; Care Coordination: What’s the Deal? – Pam White NP, Health Empowerment Resource (HER) Center; Connecting Employee Health and Community Health – Bill Marks, Director of Food and Nutrition, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC); Hospital Gardens, CSA’s and Community Health Needs – Jean Weiler, Hudson Hospital Manager of Nutrition.



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