John Weeks is a writer, speaker, chronicler and organizer whose work in the movement for integrative health and medicine began in 1983. He is publisher-editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports which since 1995 – in various forms – has created primary connective terrain for the diverse stakeholders and professions in the field. Archived content from 2006-2015 is available here and subsequent content here.
Selected posts are a regular column, On the Front Lines, at Today’s Practitioner, and are promoted through the monthly newsletter of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. He writes a bi-monthly Industry News column of these highlights for Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal. Some past articles are archived here at the Huffington Post and here at Integrative Practitioner (search John Weeks). In May 2016, Weeks accepted an invitation to serve as the editor-in-chief of JACM-Paradigm, Practice and Policy Advancing Integrative Health (The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine) where he is particularly pleased to have worked with teams of guest editors to produce a series of JACM Special issues: philanthropically backed special issue on Multimodal Approaches in Integrative Health: Whole Persons, Whole Practices, Whole Systems; a Special Focus Issue on Integrative Oncology; a Special Focus Issue on Naturopathy; and, in the works, one on Innovation in Group-Delivered Services and another on Integrative Palliative Care.
As an organizer, Weeks convened the Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summits (2000-2002), directed the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Care (2004-2006), fund-raised the start-up and was on the founding steering committee of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (2002-). He co-founded the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health, which he directed 2007-2015, was on the founding board of the Academy of Integrative Medicine and Health, and is proud to be on te advisory board of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved.
Since mid-2015, John has re-focused his work on presenting, teaching and mentoring. He has keynoted, led plenary sessions, breakouts and offered guest lectures for dozens of organizations. These range from the Association of American Medical Colleges and Harvard University to Bastyr University and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine; from the UCLA School of Medicine to the Institute for Health and Productivity Management and Palmer College of Chiropractic; from the International Congress for Research on Integrative Medicine and Health to the American Hospital Association and the Midwives Alliance of North America. Since 1995, he has consulted with multiple insurers, employers, professional organizations, universities, and government agencies at all levels.
In 2014, three integrative health consortia and others combined to grant him a Lifetime Achievement Living Tribute Award. Four academic institutions have granted him honorary doctorates for his work. Seattle-based, he considers himself a particularly lucky soul to have worked remotely while living with his spouse Jeana Kimball, ND, MPH, and their children in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico for 6 of the last 17 years.
A four-page itemization of Weeks’ work is included on pages 63-67 of the Living Tribute. The Tribute booklet includes comments of over 150 leaders in the integrative health and medicine field on John’s contributions. He was surprised with it banquet night at the most significant research conference for the field, the International Congress for Research in Integrative Medicine and Health, Miami, Florida, May 2014.