YogaCare presented at the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US) annual conference in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Sonia Oyola, Dr. Kohar Jones, both family physicians in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Chicago Medicine and Greg Van Hyfte collaborated on developing the research presentation in partnership with Dr. Ashley Maltz and Dr. Alisha Parada from the University of New Mexico SW Mesa Clinic. The UNM team presented about their integrative medicine program for pain relief.
One highlight of the conference was a tour of Virginia Garcia Wellness Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in a rural area outside of Portland, Oregon. The center has an integrative medicine program that includes a community garden, full kitchen, Zumba, yoga, bootcamp, physicians, behavioral health practitioners, nurses, social workers, and other providers and services in English and Spanish all under one roof. It was an enriching and insightful lesson to spend a day and learn about their model.
The conference brought together physicians, acupuncturists, naturopaths, yoga teachers, administrators and others to share best practices and discuss advancements in the field of providing integrative medicine for the underserved. YogaCare is strongly aligned with IM4US, in the vision to bring integrative medicine to all, regardless of ability to pay. Integrative medicine brings the best of all available healing practices together, including allopathic and naturopathic treatments, approaching health and healing in a holistic way. Yoga is one form of integrative medicine that has a variety of benefits. Click here for more information about the presentation and conference.