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By remembering the core principles of healing and the need to care for the whole patient, we can better relieve suffering."

Melinda R. Ring, MD, director

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Our Vision

The aspirational vision of the Osher Center for Integrative Health at Northwestern University is that integrative medicine informs healthcare policy and the provision of patient care to optimize health, prevent chronic disease and promote universal wellness. 

The Osher Center for Integrative Health at Northwestern University is committed to providing leadership in integrative medicine that fosters whole-person healthcare through innovative and impactful education, research and advocacy. At Northwestern, we aspire to transform healthcare in our efforts to: 

  • Educate current and future healthcare professionals, policymakers and community members about safe, evidence-informed approaches to integrative care
  • Engage key stakeholders in our mission to disseminate knowledge and scientific research 
  • Influence healthcare delivery on a local, community and national level 
  • Sustain our center to develop faculty, grow programs and ensure their long-term impact
Our efforts and relationships are infused with our core values:
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Advocacy
  • Healing
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration

Osher-NU’s approach to meeting its mission is driven by the following principles, which guide all aspects of organizational decision making and resource allocation:

  • Model collaboration that is transparent and founded in equity and inclusivity
  • Ensure our research and education programs support access to integrative medicine to diverse populations
  • Share resources with like-minded partners to reduce duplication of efforts and contain costs
  • Focus on continuous improvement through ongoing assessments with responsive programmatic adjustments to improve outcomes
  • Preserve and respect the integrity of the unique medical disciplines that make up integrative medicine
  • Partner with an inclusive array of stakeholders, including individuals, familie and communities, our Northwestern healthcare system and academic home, biomedical and complementary medicine providers and national organizations to achieve optimal health outcomes and results
  • Build integrated approaches to facilitate collaboration within our Osher-NU program and the larger Osher Collaborative so that the programs can provide the best support to meet the needs of the populations we serve
  • Effectively communicate Osher-NU’s mission, goals and programs to internal and external stakeholders
  • Emerge as a leading academic integrative medicine program in studying, teaching and disseminating innovative practices to improve health outcomes
  • Adapt to the changing healthcare environment, recognizing opportunities and challenges as they arise
  • Foster development of innovative programs to attain the highest organizational impact
  • Nurture the next generation of integrative health clinicians, educators and investigators

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