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Integrative Health Institute (IHI)

The Integrative Health Institute (IHI) at the University of Alberta is based on the concept of health in its broadest sense as defined by the World Health Organization: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Integrative Health recognizes both the rigourous and systematic science of conventional medicine and the values and traditions of complementary therapies such as acupuncture, herbs, mindfulness, among many more. More than 100 dedicated Scholars are primed to collaborate to change how we promote health and manage illness, and they bring proven records of success in tackling major issues affecting healthcare today. IHI Scholars have considerable depth and breadth of expertise in integrative, traditional, and indigenous health. They pursue excellence by creating and disseminating high quality, meaningful research, teaching and mentoring future scholars and clinicians. They facilitate collaborations between the academic, industry, and public institutions that are important stakeholders in serving the public's interest in health and wellness. IHI will serve as a hub for interdisciplinary research and education, promoting innovative ways to study, apply, and promote evidence-informed patient-centered health care. IHI is building bridges and creating partnerships that will multiply our contributions and lead the way in fostering creativity, innovation and synergy towards a healthy future that will benefit all patients and those who support them.
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  1. Wisdom Engaged: Traditional Knowledge and Northern Community Well-Being

    Title: Wisdom Engaged: Traditional Knowledge and Northern Community Well-Being
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: This is an interdisciplinary conference that will feature diverse perspectives from traditional practitioners and healers, health professionals, Elders and community members. Selected papers from this conference will be published in a volume focused on Northern Traditional Knowledge for Community Wellness in Western North America. This will be the third volume in the series Patterns of Northern Traditional Knowledge (CCI Press/University of Alberta Press) and will be fully peer-reviewed. The conference will be held at the University of Alberta. The format will be academic paper presentations and posters in the mornings and practitioner/community presenter workshop presentations in the afternoons, following an initial welcome reception and plenary speaker. Major themes for the conference include: • Traditional knowledge and food — sharing local food knowledge for food and health sovereignty • Traditional knowledge for wellness — cultural knowledge of plants and animals for promoting wellbeing • Land, identity and wholeness — exploring relationships between landscape and well-being • Wellbeing and the spirit — addressing mental, spiritual and emotional health • Starting the Journey Right — celebrating pregnancy, birth, and childhood • Integrating knowledge for sustainable communities