Integrative medicine is a health care model which blends the best of conventional medicine, complementary therapies, and lifestyle changes; emphasizes a compassionate healing relationship between patients and their caregivers; and views the patient as whole person – mind, body, and spirit. The Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities at Boston Medical Center was created out of a strong conviction that safe effective integrative therapies should be available to everyone without regard to ability to pay. As federal, private, and academic stakeholders invest millions of dollars into integrative medicine research, education, and clinical services, it is imperative that multicultural communities and vulnerable populations have equal access.
Our Program’s vision is to create a national model for how to sustainably deliver integrative medicine to a socioeconomically diverse population while conducting cutting-edge research and educating health care providers in an integrative medicine model. The Program mission is to use integrative medicine to improve the health of our patients regardless of income; advance knowledge on how best to help patients through research and dissemination; and promote the adoption of the integrative model through educating students and providers about its benefits. Each and every day we promote the four core values central to integrative medicine at Boston Medical Center: 1) caring competent caregivers; 2) informed and empowered patients; 3) choice among different evidence-based therapeutic options; and 4) accessibility to integrative care is a right, not a privilege.