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Global Health Essentials

February 2, 2016

2 Category B
CCNM, Webinar
Open to: 
NDs, Healthcare Practitioners, Students
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Course description

This course will explore the essential global health policies and tools that every ND needs to know. Learn of the most cutting edge developments in global naturopathic medicine research, policies and practice that will affect every ND. Whether you work in a boutique practice, serve underserved communities in Canada or travel abroad, this lecture will provide tools and information pertinent for practitioners, researchers and policy makers. A specific toolkit/checklist for absolute necessities for those working abroad will also be provided.
Learning objectives 
1. Review international trends in naturopathic medicine 
2. Describe factors affecting global health on our planet such as use of pesticides in developing countries, climate change, GMOs
3. Describe WHO policies that affect naturopathic medicine 
4. Discuss key considerations for working abroad in under resourced countries - standards, permission, health considerations.

Tabatha Parker, ND
Named 2015 Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and 2011 Visionary of the Year by UTNE Reader, Dr. Tabatha Parker currently works as Director of Education at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM), the leading provider of interprofessional education to health professionals in Integrative Health & Medicine. & In 2015 she received an honorary naturopathic degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and was given the highest honor in naturopathy, “Magister Natura” from Spain for her work advancing naturopathy globally.

Parker is co-chair of the Masters in Global Health at National College of Natural Medicine, the first global health masters offered at a naturopathic medical school, and was previously faculty at Bastyr University. & She is interim co-secretary general of the World Naturopathic Federation, and worked with the World Health Organization on the WHO Benchmarks for Training in Naturopathy. & She is co-chair of the AANP Global Health Committee and agency liaison/author for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project. Prior to moving from California, she was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the California State Naturopathic Medicine Committee where she was involved in the promotion and enforcement of laws and regulations of naturopathic medical care.

Parker co-founded and was the Executive Director for nearly a decade of Natural Doctors International (NDI), the first and oldest naturopathic global health organization. Her clinical work in Nicaragua on women’s empowerment, cervical cancer screening has been ground breaking. She developed the first permanent global naturopathic clinic as well as naturopathic global health courses and interprofessional internships. In 2012, she became the first naturopathic physician to graduate as a Faculty Development Scholar from Dr. Ellen Beck’s UCSD’s program, Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved. &

Now, as president of NDI, she has signed an MOU with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to work together with PAHO, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health and universities like UNAN to help research and implement integrative and traditional medicine into the Nicaraguan national system as outlined in the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014 – 2023.&

Tabatha is naturally funny, unceasingly direct and a true visionary spirit. As an activist for the integrative medicine global health community she believes holistic healthcare is a human right and works for parity for healthcare providers and full access for all patients to holistic medicine. In her spare time, she loves to dance, sing, and laugh with her husband and two children in Miami, Florida.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 6 - 8 p.m.

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