Press Release

 

Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 5, 2015) – For immediate release

 

Trends in Health Care Reveal Untapped Source of Patient-Centered, Integrative Care: State-licensed Naturopathic Doctors

 

 

October 5th through the 11th of this year marks the third annual Naturopathic Medicine Week as recognized by the U.S. Congress. In 2013, US Senate Resolution 221 recognized “the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective and affordable health care.” This week is an opportunity for Minnesotans to learn more about the integrative primary care Naturopathic Doctors provide.

 

State-licensed Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are trained as primary care physicians, emphasizing patient-centered care that addresses both symptoms and causes of acute and chronic disease. Candidates attend an accredited, four-year post-graduate degree that includes clinical training in integrative medicine, using a blend of evidence-based drug and non-drug options to manage patient care.  

 

In Minnesota, NDs are registered with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice by demonstrating completion of accredited degree, passing compulsory board exams and completing annual continuing education requirements. Unlike other states such as Vermont, Oregon, and Arizona, Minnesota limits patients’ ability to seek care from qualified NDs by excluding NDs from insurance coverage. This makes it difficult for 5.5 million people to access quality, cost-effective care.

 

Recent trends in our health care demonstrate a growing need for Naturopathic Doctors to take on broader responsibility in Minnesota. In the 2010 report titled “Healthy Minnesota 2020,” MN Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger stated, “chronic diseases accounted for the seven leading causes of death in Minnesota. These diseases cause a great deal of suffering, shorten life, and are costly in terms of medical care and lost economic opportunities.” Naturopathic doctors are trained to identify barriers to healing and empower patients to be accountable for their health. This patient-centered care approach lowers healthcare costs and suffering from chronic disease, for individuals and their communities.

 

Board registered Naturopathic Doctors are an under-utilized source of state-regulated health care in Minnesota. Dr. Sara Jean Barrett, vice president of the Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MNANP) confirms “Naturopathic Doctors are ready to improve the health of Minnesotans and reduce healthcare costs.”

 

October 5th through the 11th is national Naturopathic Medicine Week. Throughout the week members of the MNANP will be hosting events to raise awareness and offer patient care. This is a chance to celebrate what Naturopathic Doctors offer: a patient-centered, evidenced-based integrative approach, with a willingness to collaborate with other providers to provide team-based care. Health care all Minnesotans deserve. Visit www.MNANP.org to learn more.

 

For more information or to request an interview, contact Dr. Crystalin Montgomery at: secretary@mnanp.org or 651-351-2210.  

Join the AANP Mobilize Veterans Campaign


In honor of 2016 Naturopathic Medicine Week, October 10-16, and Veterans Day,

encourage your patients who are veterans to join the AANP campaign. 

 

Call for Veterans to Support Equal Access to Naturopathic Doctors

 

Currently, there exists a disparity of health care access for veterans. Naturopathic care, which is mandated for most of the rest of the U.S. population, is not allowed for Veterans.

 


The Veterans Affairs does not employ Naturopathic Doctors. If they did, veterans would have the option of seeing highly trained doctors, skilled in using non-invasive, non-toxic, non-addictive approaches to treat chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and other conditions.
 

If you're a veteran or a family member of a veteran, please act now to encourage the VA to grant veterans access to naturopathic doctors. Sign the AANP petition. And, if you are a veteran, and have seen an ND, add your own letter explaining how you've been helped.

 

All this week, and throughout October is the time to do this.

 

By Veterans Day, the AANP will deliver our petition to the VA. We want hundreds of signatures - and for veterans and their families to shower the VA with letters.

 

More information about the AANP efforts is available the Licensed NDs in the VA Web page.

Call for Veterans to Support Equal Access to Naturopathic Doctors

Please join us as we celebrate the growth of Naturopathic Medicine! 

Enjoy libation, a delicious dinner, and silent auction - all surrounded in a gorgeous lake setting.

All proceeds go to the Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians to support legislative efforts to update the scope of practice in Minnesota so it is consistent with naturopathic medical training at accredited schools. This includes the right to prescribe pharmaceutical medications.

Mission of MNANP:
Protect and modernize naturopathic doctor's scope of practice, support strong professional standards for our members, increase public awareness of and access to natural and integrative medicine throughout the Midwest.


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