John’s presentations are informed by his 26 years (1995-2020) of continuous chronicling of the field starting from his “Charting the Mainstream” column for the Townsend Letter for Doctors (1994-2000) through the Integrator for the Business of Alternative Medicine through his frequent Huffington Post pieces today. The writing is informed by his thirty-seven years in the field, in multiple roles as organizer, director, executive, speaker, consultant and volunteer activist. Areas of expertise include:
Some Areas of Expertise/Presentations
- Convergence in Health Creation
- Integrative Health and the Triple Aim
- Perverse and Aligned Incentives: Health Care’s Two Eras for Integrative Care
- The Patient-Driven Movement for Integrative Health
- Trends and Topics in the Emergence of Integrative Medicine
- Present Policy and Action in the Integrative Health Community
Here are sample topics. Others may be gleaned from his recent presentations, below. John looks forward to talking with you about what your audience(s) would most like to explore.
- “Connective Tissue: The 5 Eras for the Integrative Health and Medicine Movement”
A 50-year chronicle of the threading together of the diverse strands, trends and breakthroughs that are connecting to constitute the transformative movement to shift the medical industry toward a system focused on creating health. Continuously updated and focused to specific audiences.
- “Perverse Incentives and Health Creation: The Emerging Opportunity for Integrative Health and Medicine in a Value-Based System”
The efforts of progressive forces in dominant delivery organizations to shift the medical industry’s focus on production of procedures and profitability to a value-based – “triple aim” – focus on creating health in populations is creating some exceptional opportunities. This talk focuses on understanding the impact of different payment structures and outcomes orientations on receptivity to IHM.
- “Policy Leadership: What Have We Accomplished? How Did We? What Collaborations Will Move Us Forward?”
John has closely covered or participated in many of the most significant activity to advance the movement for integrative health and medicine – and more importantly, its impact on health care. This presentation draws on that experience as a guided tour to explore what may be ahead of us.
Listen to John
- Podcast with Kara Fitzgerald, ND, January 6, 2021: “The Future of Healthcare Policies & Advocating for Reform with John Weeks”
- AIHM Interview by Tabatha Parker, ND, March 5, 2021: The Best of John Weeks – An Integrative Health Visionary
- Podcast: Conversations on Healing, with Shay Beider, February 24, 2021: Embracing Systems Change to Move Healthcare and Healing Forward
- Conversation with John Weeks: Historian of Integrative and Naturopathic Medicine – The Art and Soul of Healing Podcast with Jeanne Drisko, MD, May 2020
- Hope is a Verb: 50 Years in the Furrows for Integrative Health and Medicine, Leadership Award Plenary, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, New York, New York
- Commencement Talk: Northwestern University of Health Sciences, April 13, 2019 (see minutes 0:58 to 1:25)
- Podcast: Health Grooves with Dr. Ricky Fishman, DC, Episode 7, The State of Integrative Medicine, April 2019
- Podcast, Evolution of Medicine, with James Maskell, 2016: A Winner’s History for Integrative Health and Medicine
- 01-21 “The Future of Healthcare Policies & Advocating for Reform with John Weeks”, podcast with Kara Fitzgerald, ND
- 02-21 “Embracing Systems Change to Move Healthcare and Healing Forward” Conversations on Health/Shay Beider podcast
- 02-21 “How Movements for Integrative Health and Values Based Medicine are Converging to Transform the Medical Industry”, CAM Masters program, Georgetown University, Guest Lecture
- 03-21 “The Best of John Weeks – An Integrative Health Visionary”, AIHM interview/conversation with Tabatha Parker, ND
- 02-20 Hope is a Verb: 50 Years in the Furrows for Integrative Health and Medicine, Leadership Award Plenary, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, New York, New York
- 05-20 Global Perspectives on the role of IM in the COVID crisis; National Centre for Integrative Medicine, United Kingdom
- 05-20 The Naturopathic Profession, Integrative Medicine, and the Convergence in Health Creation: Twists, Turns and Some Sweet Spots in a 50-Year Journey, Bastyr University, Guest Lecture
- 05-20 Conversation with John Weeks: Historian of Integrative and Naturopathic Medicine – The Art and Soul of Healing Podcast with Jeanne Drisko, MD
- 05-20 Emerging Trends and Challenges in the Integrative and Functional Medicine Ecosystem, Institute for Functional Medicine
- 10-20 India’s NITI Aayog (overall planning committee), Committee on Formulation of Integrative Health Policy
- 10-20 “Integrative Pain Management Policy”, New England School of Acupuncture, MCPHS University, Massachusetts
- 11-20 “Integrative Health-Past, Present and Future: A conversation with John Weeks”, Maryland University of Integrative Health
- 11-20 The Role of TCAIM in Health Systems: The Case of COVID-19, University of Shiraz, Iran
2019 Presentations (given and scheduled)
- 02-08 “The Integrative Health Movement: How We Got Here, Where Are We Going?” Duke Program on Leadership in Integrative Healthcare, Raleigh, North Carolina
- 02-22 “Real World: Integrative, Functional and Naturopathic Clinical Pilots in the Era of Value-Base Care,” panel organizer, presenter and moderator, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, New York, New York
- 03-22 “NADA Amidst the 50-year Evolution Toward Integrative Health”. Keynote, National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), Austin, Texas
- 04-12 Integrative Health and Medicine Thought Leadership Series, Northwestern Health Sciences University
- 04-13 Commencement speaker, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Minnesota
- 04-17 Plenary Presenter, Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- 05-08 “Multi-Modal Approaches, Whole Systems Research and Integrative Health in an Era of Convergence,” panel organizer, moderator, International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research (ICCMR), Brisbane, Australia
- 05-07 “Successes and Challenges in Traditional Medicine Practitioner Regulation”, panel member, ICCMR, Brisbane, Australia
- 06-28 “Getting the word out: Improving the Dissemination of Acupuncture Research”, panel organizer and moderator, Society for Acupuncture Research, Burlington, Vermont
- 08-23 “The Status of Innovation in Group-Delivered Services: Insights from the JACM Special Issue,” panel organizer and presenter, Integrative Medicine for the Underserved, California
- 09-19 Plenary, Healing Beyond Borders, Denver, Colorado
- 10-20 “Exploring Advocacy for Integrative Oncology Science,” panel organizer, Society for Integrative Oncology, New York, New York
- 03-05 “Research, Activism, Policy Shifts in the Rise of Non-Pharmacologic Pain Strategies in the USA.” 2018 Jaseng International Congress, Seoul, Korea.
- 03-12 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pan American Health Organization (scheduled but could not attend)
- 03-27 American Medical Students Association Integrative Medicine Scholars Program
- 04-26 Dialogue with Tracy Gaudet, MD, Director, VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, National Academy of Medicine, Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, Systemic Issues, Washington, DC
- 05-11 Panel organizer and moderator: Traditional, Complementary, Integrative and “Articulated Medicine” at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO): Research Priorities and Partnerships. International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, Baltimore, Maryland
- 06-22 “Convergence in Access: Next Steps in the 50 Year Evolution of Integrative Health & Medicine.” Plenary, Integrative Medicine for the Underserved, Washington, D.C.
- 09-14, “Weaving Evidence and Activism (& Happenstance): Lessons from the Popular Movement for Integrative Health Care,” Plenary, Evidence-Based Acupuncture, Providence, Rhode Island
- 09-22 “The Integrative Health Movement: How We Got Here, Where Are We Going?” Opening yeynote, Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, San Diego, California
- 10-18 “Integrative Medicine & the Public Health System – Does It Work? How Can It Work?” Plenary, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
- 10-24 “The Integrative Health Movement: How We Got Here, Where Are We Going?” American Medical Student Association Integrative Medicine Scholars Program
- 11-10 “Fostering Fairness in TCAIM Research Sialogue: Struggles and Strategies.” Panelist, IN-CAM (Canadian CAM research network), Montreal, Canada
- 02-14 “The Five Eras in the Emergence of Integrative Health and Medicine.” Duke Leadership Program in Integrative Health and Medicine
- 05-03 Berlin, Germany, World Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health
- 06-04 Managua, Nicaragua, Pan American Health Organization
- 06-18 Keynote, International Association of Yoga Therapists, Los Angeles, California
- 07-13 Plenary, American Association on Naturopathic Physicians
- 09-01 “Integrative Health and Medicine: The Origins and Expansion of a Global Movement.” CAM World Congress, Colombia, Plenary
- 11-06 Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, 3-day ISCMR training on submitting to peer reviewed journals
- 02-06 Evolution of Medicine News-video-cast. Featured Guest, Evolution of Medicine, video-cast.
- 02-25 “The Cleveland Clinic: Setting the Pace for System-Based Functional, Integrative, and Chinese Herbal Medicine.” Moderator-Discussant, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, New York, NY
- 02-27 “Integrative Practices: Building New Operating Systems for Health Creation and Healthy Communities.” Moderator-Discussant, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, New York, NY
- 02-29 March 2016 Functional Forum. Evolution of Medicine-Functional Forum, New York, NY
- 04-18 “The Five Eras for the Movement for Integrative Health and Medicine. Maryland University of Integrative Health,” student leadership. Laurel, MD.
- 04-18 “The Five Eras for the Movement for Integrative Health and Medicine. Maryland University of Integrative Health.” Georgetown University, Master in Physiology CAM Program.
- 05-19 “The Movement toward Values-Based Medicine and the Triple Aim: Is It Increasing Interest in Integrative Health Services?” Oral Presentation, International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health in Las Vegas, NV
- 06-15 “Economic Models and Integrative Health Care.” Online module, Duke Leadership in Integrative Health and Medicine.”
- 09-15 “The Five Eras in the Emergence of Integrative Health and Medicine.” Duke Leadership Program in Integrative Health and Medicine.
- 02-19 “Never Only Opioids: Policy Trends, Patient Experience and Practice Models in Treating People with Pain.” Moderator-Discussant, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, New York City, NY
- 04-15 “Envisioning the Future of Health Professional Education: A Workshop” Moderator, Breakout Group. Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Scientists, Washington, D.C.
- 06-28 Commencement Speaker, National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR
- 10-15 “Connective Tissue: A Winner’s History for Integrative Health and Medicine.”
Plenary, Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, San Diego, CA
- 10-15 “Strategies for Integrative Research to (Rapidly) Transform Payment & Delivery.” Moderator-Discussant, Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, San Diego, CA
- 11-02 “Aligning Incentives: The Project for Integrative Health and the Triple Aim.”
Section on Integrative Complementary and Traditional Health Practices, Keynote, American Public Health Association, Chicago, NY
- 11-04 “Connective Tissue: A Chronicle with Key Themes in the History of Integrative Health and Medicine.”
Integrative Medical Scholars Program, American Medical Students Association, Annual 2 Hour Webinar
- 11-17 “Nuts and Bolts of an Integrative Competency in Evidence Informed Practice.”
Panelist, Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health, Project to Enhance Research Literacy, Webinar.
- 12-03 “How Integrative Medicine Won.” Podcast, Evolution of Medicine, Functional Forum.
- 12-10 Commencement Speaker, Southern California University of Integrative Health Sciences, Orange County, CA
2012-2014 Presentations (Selected)
- 04-XX-12 “Health Reform 101: PPACA and the CAM Provider – Reimagining Health Care: Making Health the Goal. Life University – Octagon Institute, Atlanta, Georgia
- 05-18-12 “One Model for Connecting CAM Practitioners with Biomedical/Conventional Medicine.” Second World Health Organization Working Group Meeting on 2014-2023 Traditional Medicine Strategy, WHO, Hong Kong
- 10-26-12 “The U.S. Primary Care Workforce: Current and Prospective Roles of Licensed CAM Disciplines and Related Issues for Educators.” Breakout, International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
- 02-21-13 “Introduction to Integrative Medicine Disciplines and Modalities: Residency Program Resources in Integrative Medicine.” HRSA-funded Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine (IMPriME) Workshop, Phoenix, AZ
- 03-17-13 Shifting Incentives and Team Care: Is Chiropractic Engaging the Right Collaborations to Co-Lead Medicine Toward a Whole Person Health Model?” Keynote, Association of Chiropractic Colleges-Research Agenda Conference, Washington, D.C.
- 10-15-13 “Berwick’s Triple Aim, the NCCAM Mandate, and the Research Agenda Prioritized by a Collaboration of Licensed Integrative Practice Disciplines.” Guest Lecture, Masters Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
- 02-22-14 “The Affordable Care Act in 2014: Update on the Inclusion and Contributions of the Integrative Health Community.” Moderator-Discussant, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, New York City, NY
- 05-04-14 “Doing Well by Doing Good: Building the Case for Broad Workforce Partnerships Finding the Right Fit: The Workforce Needed to Support the ACA,” Plenary Panel, Association of American Medical Colleges 10th Annual Workforce Conference, Washington D.C.,
- 05-08-14 Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, keynote. Austin, Texas
- 06-08-14 Altogether Better Health#7, Pittsburgh.
- 09-29-14 “Healthcare Workforce-Interprofessional Practice and Education.” Plenary, Symposium on Integrative Health Policy Honoring US Senator Tom Harkin, Georgetown University, Washington, DC