Why are we having this conversation?

Naturopathic Medicine is at an inflection point.  Throughout the profession, conversations have been emerging regarding the future of the profession within student groups, educators, professional and specialty organizations, and among practicing NDs. These conversations are being organized through the Naturopathic Medicine Collaborative in a year-long facilitated process that kicked off in July 2018.  The goals of the process are to hear input from all individuals and organizations that care about the profession’s future to ultimately unify around an action agenda that will best serve the health of patients, the public, and the planet.  With a cohesive, shared vision for the future, we can better reach healthcare consumers and present a united front as a thriving, trusted profession in the health care sector.

This can only happen with your input, so sign up for updates and participate in the forum today.

Who is coordinating this conversation?

This summit is a project of the Naturopathic Medicine Collaborative, a group of 76 stakeholder organizations in the Naturopathic Medicine Community.

Lead organizers are a "vision team" that includes Billings, MT doctor Maggi Beeson, the AANP's 2016 Naturopathic Physician of the Year, as well as INM president and CEO Michelle Simon, PhD, ND, AANP’s 2018 Naturopathic Physician of the Year, and Seattle-based naturopathic physician Jeana Kimball, ND, MPH, and AANP executive director and 2014 Champion of Naturopathic Medicine, Laura Farr.  Ten Directions, an integral facilitation, coaching and consulting company, is managing the July kickoff summit and the year-long engagement process.  A twelve-member planning team is guiding the process, including leaders from across the profession.

What if I missed the kickoff summit, or previous virtual discussions?

The summit is a key element of our conversation and served as a kick-off of a year-long dialogue that will build and communicate a shared vision for the naturopathic profession. Each of the virtual discussions also serves a distinct role in facilitating dialogue about key themes that stood out from the kickoff summit.

However, you are encouraged to participate whether you attended any of these or not! You can participate in the ongoing conversation in the forum on this website.  The next Virtual Discussion is occurring on April 27, 2019 - register here. There will also be a closing session in August, preceding the AANP’s 2019 Annual Convention & Exhibition.

Do I have to pay to participate?

While donations do help defray the considerable costs of this crucial effort, there is no fee required of participants.

If you would like to donate, please do so here.

How can I participate in the Virtual Discussions?

If you want to participate in the next Virtual Discussion, you can sign up here. Ideally, you will have either a computer or tablet to participate in the meeting, or you can follow the instructions in your signup confirmation email to call into the discussion using a phone.