Integrative Health is Healing-Oriented Care.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Integrative Health

Integrative Health focuses on health and healing.  It honors what matters most to you and your reasons for wanting to be healthy.  It includes everything about you–body, mind, spirit, lifestyle, and your connections with other people and your surroundings.   It emphasizes healing relationships and uses both standard medical approaches and complementary ones.

Our Mission & Vision

Through the principles of integrative health and participatory medicine in our compassionate care, education, and research, our Integrative Health Program will support the individuals, communities, and healthcare system we serve on the path to their greatest wellbeing.

It is our vision to be a trusted academic and clinical resource for compassionate, innovative, and evidence-based services to achieve whole-person and whole-community health for all.

Our Work

  • Imparting Knowledge: We advance collective understanding of healing through research, education, and interpersonal dialogue.
  • Cultivating Wisdom: We use nature as a guide and acknowledge the wisdom traditions, as well as the methods and results of science, as important influences on healing.
  • Taking Action: We facilitate well-being and reduce suffering in all aspects of healthcare delivery for others and ourselves, from person to planet. (See the RELIEVE mnemonic below for a description of this process.)
The mnemonic RELIEVE is central to our philosophy and conveys the components of our overall goal to relieve human suffering.

Relationship-centered care built on

Empathy and trust creates a positive environment where the clinician can

Listen to a complicated story that creates

Insight into a problem that results in an

Explanation that is consistent with the patient’s

Values leading to

Empowerment and action towards health.

Our Projects

  • Clinical Services
  • Medical student and resident education
  • Fellowship training
  • Research designed to bring awareness to the healing process
  • Integrative oncology services
  • Continuing medical education
  • Mindfulness-based integrative health retreats
  • Incorporating integrative health into primary care
  • Environmental stewardship through sustainable practices

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Contact Information

For more information or to support our work, please contact:

Sara Arscott, PhD, CCRP
Outreach Program Manager
UW Integrative Health Program
Dept. of Family Medicine & Community Health
1100 Delaplaine Ct.
Madison, WI 53715-1896

Phone: (608) 262-2218

For general inquiries, please contact:

Courtney Gamer
Administrative Specialist
cgamer@uwhealth.org