UA’s Rural Health Conference Focuses on Integrative Medicine

The University of Alabama’s 17th annual Rural Health Conference, is dedicated to the education of community members and health care providers in rural areas. Integrative Medicine uses a combination of conventional medicine and non-mainstream practices, such as all-natural products or mind and body practices, for a holistic approach to their health care.

This year’s University of Alabama Rural Health Conference was held Wednesday, April 27, and Thursday, April 28, at the Bryant Conference Center on the University of Alabama’s Tuscaloosa Campus. Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark was the Conference’s keynote speaker. She centered her talk on the subject of using food as a way to provide better care for patients. Maker-Clark is:

– A graduate of the University of Arizona Fellowship in Integrative Medicine
– The founder of the Food as Medicine Workshop series
– Co-director of the Culinary Medicine Project
– Clinical assistant professor and coordinator of Integrative Medical and Education for the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

Maker-Clark uses herbs, botanicals, breathing, as well as conventional medicines in her community practice. She is one of the world’s leading authorities on integrative medicine.

“Many Alabamians use medical treatment that is not part of mainstream medicine. Some are beneficial, some are not,” said Dr. John Higginbotham, director of the Institute and associate dean of research for the College. “We wanted to have a conference to help educate community members and health care providers with regards to benefits and liabilities.”

Source: University of Alabama

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