Both the University of Utah (UU) and the University of Vermont (UVM) have contributed greatly to the integrative health field in recent years and bring a wealth of cooperative relationships within their institutions and throughout other health-related organizations. Both are dedicated to promoting whole-person care and reaching patients from medically underserved populations.
The University of Utah’s Wellness and Integrative Health program is led by Amy Locke, MD, Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health. Locke has taken on the role of Chief Wellness Officer at University of Utah Health to expand a whole person health approach to programs for employees, patients, and community members. U of U Health has exemplary community outreach programs like the Driving Out Diabetes sponsored Wellness Bus, which brings health screenings, coaching, and other wellness resources to underserved communities in Utah.
"We are honored to become part of the highly regarded Osher Collaborative," Locke says. "With this generous endowment from The Bernard Osher Foundation, we can continue to build collaboration across the university, grow our patient and community facing programs, and extend our reach to better serve vulnerable populations."
University of Vermont’s Integrative Health program was founded by Dr. Helene Langevin in 2005 and is highly respected as an education and research hub for integrative health in New England. Through skillful integration with the University’s Health Network, Medical Center, and College of Nursing and Cancer Center, UVM’s commitment to integrative health and robust outreach strategy has provided comprehensive care to the State’s rural population. Dr. Jon Porter, MD, who currently leads UVM’s Comprehensive Chronic Pain Program, will direct the new Osher Center at University of Vermont.
"We are thrilled to join this diverse group of integrative health experts at the Osher Collaborative," said Dr. Jon Porter, Director of UVM's Integrative Health Program. "As a newly formed Osher Center, we plan to build upon our research, education, and clinical services to better serve our students and patient population in Vermont."
Now with ten integrative health programs in the U.S. and the Osher Center at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, the Osher Collaborative is complete. Our eleven centers provide a variation in expertise, and it is the hope of the Osher family, The Bernard Osher Foundation, and the Osher Collaborative that our contributions to the integrative health field will make significant impact around the world.