Dear Members and AOM Colleagues:
While there are many recognized
benefits and advantages to partnerships, the main reason why partnerships are
established is relatively simple: There is added value in working with other
A working definition of a
partnership is "a collaborative relationship between entities to work toward
shared objectives through a mutually agreed division of labor.” Establishing
such partnerships takes time so the right framework and structure can be
created, allowing the partnership to have a basis for measuring its benefits to
I would like to highlight and
call attention to the work being created through two of these important partnerships:
1. The Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC)
is a broad coalition of healthcare professionals, patients, and organizations
driving public policy to ensure all Americans have access to safe, high
quality, integrated health care as well as the basic building blocks of
health—whole foods, and clean air, and water.
IHPC’s prior executive director was appointed by President
Obama to serve on the National Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion,
and Integrative and Public Health. This gives our partnership team
unprecedented access to key influencers in the Obama administration. The AAAOM actively participates in
decision-making and communications that lead to sharing critical information
that makes our partnership effective.
Coalition for Patient Rights consists of more than 35 organizations representing a variety of licensed health care
professionals. They, too, seek to counter
efforts designed to limit patients' choice of health practitioners.
Each organization works together,
bringing unique assets that make our partnership viable and valuable on behalf
of you, our members. Our common values and interests make partnerships with
these organizations vital to our mission. These organizations partner with
AAAOM as they seek to include qualified, educated practitioners so that
patients have safe, effective healthcare options.
Health care continues to expand
and get more complicated every day. To protect the interests of our patients
and our practitioners, associations must work together to counter other, more
well-funded medical lobbying groups who may not always see the bigger
picture. By leveraging these
relationships, we optimize our efforts, take advantage of other organizations’
strengths, and work toward goals we have long wanted to accomplish.