Jan 17, 2023
Charlie Noel is the Executive Director at Northwestern Health Sciences University's Institute for Integrative Care, which is working to transform healthcare from a disease-focused model to a holistic approach. The Institute provides practical tools to help healthcare organizations move to an integrative care model while encouraging multidisciplinary groups and community engagement to provide care for the whole person.
Charlie explains, "The traditional hierarchy structure of mainstream healthcare limits the input from some professionals. So that means we should also be bringing in some of these other disciplines and also building an environment where we embrace emerging mainstream and complementary healthcare to eliminate the silos in care delivery and enhance outcomes."
"The Institute is collaboratively working with organizations and communities to build systems where all people benefit from integrative care. We want to meet people, organizations, and systems where they're at and then be able to develop plans to help them move towards integrative care and look at it through this whole-person lens. And the way that we've broken it down is into three different domains."
"But even more important is how do we now reimagine healthcare curriculum to where we can also incorporate these different pieces? We have some integrative care competencies that we are interweaving through the curriculum so that whenever people graduate, they have a better understanding of what integrated care is."
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