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Virtual Sharing Circles for Community Connection and Support
led by Dr Linda Bark and team

Tuesday, July 28, 4:30 pm PST
Monday, Aug 17, 4:30 pm PST
Monday, Sept 21, 4:30 pm PST
Monday, Oct 19, 4:30 pm PST
Monday, Nov 16, 4:30 pm PST
Monday, Dec 14, 4:30 pm PST
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For the remainder of 2020, I would like to gather our community each month in a Sharing Circle. It is free to participate and everyone is invited.

Our goal is to remind everyone that we are connected and belong to a community that does care about how we are all doing. Moving into the new integral paradigm is difficult but, as they say, practice makes perfect! We want to support each other in this process of dealing with Covid-19 and looking at deep-rooted injustices.

Just register once and you’ll get monthly reminders for each upcoming Circle so you can attend when you are able. It’s as easy as that!

Note: These events are open to everyone, so please invite your friends and loved ones. You do not have to be a coach to attend.

All the best,

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BEING WITH SUFFERING: Tools for Clinical Practice in the Midst of Crises – with Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD; Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Anthony Back, MD.
In this special 1-day online program on Sunday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time, Roshi Joan, Cynda, and Anthony Back share special practices and approaches for clinicians and other health care providers working in the midst of the COVID pandemic. – Upaya Zen Center

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As a Partner for Health of the Integrated Health Policy Consortium (IHPC), AHNCC would like to invite you to an important upcoming event.

The Congressional Integrative Health and Wellness Caucus
Virtual Briefing
on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

The Pain-demic: Fallout from COVID-19
Solutions for Our Worsening Opioid Crisis and the Rising Impact of HealthCare Disparities

COVID-19 has exacerbated the raging opioid crisis driven by the nation’s more than 50 million chronic pain sufferers, magnifying existing healthcare disparities and heightening barriers to essential, cost effective, non-opioid, non-drug pain treatments.

Learn from Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Task Force Chairperson and pain management expert, Vanila Singh, M.D. about the groundbreaking findings and recommendations of her 29-member, inter-agency Best Practices in Pain Management Task Force report.

Learn how the nation’s largest healthcare safety net, our system of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s), are leading the way in implementing the HHS Task Force recommendations to cope with the opioid crisis and care for the 29 million children and adults who are part of our rapidly growing Community Health Center population. FQHC family physician Sharad Kohli, M.D. details his “in the trenches” experience with non-drug, innovative pain management programs being piloted in these hardest hit communities.

Vanila Singh M.D. – Former Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Chair, HHS Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force; Clinical Associate Professor Stanford School of Medicine

Sharad Kohli, M.D. – Family Physician, People’s Community Clinic – Federally Qualified Health Center; Board of Directors, Integrative Health Policy Consortium

David Fogel, MD – CEO & Co-founder CHI Health Care; Board of Directors & Co-Chair, Policy Committee, Integrative Health Policy Consortium

Please RSVP here.

This is the first in a series of Congressional Integrative Health and Wellness briefings exploring pressing national health policy issues and innovative solutions.

Hosted by the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) –
To learn more about IHPC please go to

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As part of the work of AHNCC, Dr. David Rabinowitsch and Dr. Noreen Frisch reviewed the literature to find out how the terms “Holistic Nursing”, “Integrative Nursing” and “Integrative Health Care” are defined. They have won the 2020 Journal of Holistic Nursing (JHN) Excellence in Research Writing Award for their article:
Frisch, N. C. and Rabinowitsch, D. (2019). What’s in a definition? Holistic Nursing, Integrative Health Care, and Integrative Nursing: Report of an integrated literature review. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 37(3), 260-272.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 27, 2020) – The American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), which represents 31 nursing certification boards and over 920,000 board certified LPNs, RNs and advanced practice nurses, today announced that its 2020 Nursing Certification Advocacy Award winner is The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey. This annual ABNS award recognizes employers who go above and beyond in their support of specialty nursing certification for their nursing teams.

“It is very clear that The Valley Hospital is deeply committed to providing safe and reliable high-quality care to their patients and their community and sees specialty nursing certification as a major way to achieve their goals,” said ABNS President and Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Executive Director Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CPHQ, CENP, FABC. “Valley’s nurse leaders serve as certification champions and role models for their respective specialties by being certified themselves and encouraging their staff to get board certified.”

ABNS chose The Valley Hospital for its strong organization-wide commitment to nursing certification at all levels, which has led to a 100% certification rate within the nursing leadership. Magnet-accredited since 2003, Valley also has the most holistic certified nurses of any hospital in the nation.

The many system-wide ways Valley demonstrates a commitment to improving their standard of care through nurse certification include:

Robust support for professional development in the areas of continuing education necessary for nurses to acquire and maintain the knowledge required for specialty certification.
Providing certified nurses with an annual bonus each Certified Nurses Day, which removes financial barriers for nurses to certify and recertify.
Celebrating nurses when they achieve professional milestones such as specialty certification through recognition coordinated by shared governance councils, which further encourages staff to get and stay certified.

“The ABNS board of directors commends The Valley Hospital on their outstanding advocacy and support for certification,” said Schumaker. “Valley is a true role model and we are inspired by their support for specialty nursing certification.”

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We are very pleased to share with you the editorial recognizing the WHO 2020 International Year of the Nurse; Nurses’ Week and Nurses Day published by Carol M. Baldwin and Barbara M. Dossey in the Southwest Journal of Pulmonary and Critical Care (SWJPCC). In the article, we also celebrate our interprofessional activities and collaborations that are essential to comprehensive, holistic health care intervention and promotion, particularly in the face of the global coronavirus epidemic.

Congratulations to all nurses and midwives in this 2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife (and beyond). Sincerely, Carol M. Baldwin, PhD, RN, CHTP, CT, AHN-BC, FAAN, Barbara M. Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC

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The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) is pleased to announce that applications are now available for those seeking Board Certification. Applications are available on C-NET’s website, logo

Limited testing has resumed. Those who have already qualified (Step 1) to take the exam will be notified by C-NET when testing is available.

Contact: Talysha Hickerson
Phone: 785-267-0943