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Partnerships Leverage Power for Our Profession

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013

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 organizations.

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 all involved.

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.

2. The 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.


Denise Graham

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