2015 AIHM Conference

I was honored to represent the AHNA at the Association Leadership Council Meeting at 

the AIHM, and will be co-chairing a Governance committee.  During the week of 

October 25th though October 29th, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine 

(AIHM) had their annual conference titled People, Planet, and Purpose sponsored by 

Scripps in San Diego, California.  The conference was wonderful with inspiring 

Integrative Medicine speakers such as Mimi Guarneri, MD, Dean Ornish, MD, Tracy 

Gaudet, MD, Tieraona Low Dog, MD, and Deepak Chopra, MD.  We also had 

inspirational presentations from Holistic Nursing leaders Lynn Keegan, PhD, RN and 

Jean Watson, PhD, RN AHN-BC, FAAN.  The conference was truly interprofessional 

with a variety of speakers such as Naturpathic Doctors, Homeopathic Practitioners, 

Holistic Nutritionists, Environmental Scientists, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, 

Functional Medicine, and Integrative Medicine physicians.  

Holistic nurses and nurse practitioners met during lunch to collaborate how to shift the 

paradigm of health care delivery from disease centric to health creation.  It was amazing 

to connect with these nurse colleagues and find out about the amazing work they are 

doing in their health care organizations and practice.  It was wonderful to reconnect with 

past president of the AHNA Lucia Thornton, RN, MSN, AHN-BC who is a board 

member of the AIHM.  It is always exciting to connect with holistic nurses and nurse 

practitioners across the U.S….I hope to see all of these colleagues at the AHNA 

conference in Bonita Springs, Florida on May 31, 2016!