About the Institute for Natural Medicine

The Institute for Natural Medicine is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, partnered with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Our mission is to transform healthcare in America by increasing both public awareness of naturopathic medicine and access to naturopathic doctors for patients.

We believe that naturopathic medicine, with its unique principles and practices, has the potential to reverse the tide of chronic illness that overwhelms existing health care systems and to empower people to achieve and maintain their optimal lifelong health.

We strive to achieve this mission through a number of  initiatives:

  • Education – Reveal the unique benefits and outcomes of naturopathic medicine
  • Access – Connect patients to licensed naturopathic doctors
  • Research – Expand quality research of this complex and comprehensive system of medicine

INM also works to strengthen the field of naturopathic medicine from the inside by facilitating robust intra-professional communication, cultivating added residency and practice opportunities for NDs, and supporting alliance-building across health care professions.

Our long-term vision includes supporting extended clinical studies that compare naturopathic medical care to, conventional medical treatments.

The INM and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) work in alliance to strengthen our collective efforts. Together, we hope to support a wide variety of activities related to public education, access to natural medical care and research.

History and Accomplishments

The Institute for Natural Medicine was established in 1992 as a non-profit organization serving the profession of natural medicine and the public Today, our efforts are focused on public education and connecting patients to licensed NDs. Since its founding, the INM has served the natural medicine world in many ways. The INM has:

  • Launched the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges
  • Supported ongoing public education efforts
  • Played a key role in obtaining licensure for naturopathic physicians in California
  • Funded research grants for new graduates through the Dr. John Bastyr Sunshine Fund Clinical Investigator Research Fellowships
  • Launched and hosts the Naturopathic Medicine Collaborative, a cooperative group of 76+ stakeholder organizations from the profession
  • Funded a full time States Coordinator to support pre-licensed states in their organizational and educational efforts
  • Launched “Naturally Well” classes teaching healthy eating and lifestyle to at risk youth
  • Facilitated the creation of nine residency sites
  • Launched the Campaign for Naturopathic Medicine, which generates positive content for online formats, educating and informing the public about the breath, scope and efficacy of naturopathic medicine
  • Coordinated the INM Ambassador program, helping encourage and support NDs with public facing content and real-life tools to help teach, write and advocate for the profession
  • Created a multiorganizational task force dedicated to partnering with primary care community health clinics in Washington state to bring clinical nutrition information and strategies to providers and patients.
  • Launched a Find a Doctor service on the INM website which aims to provide access to all licensed naturopathic doctors in the US.

New Opportunity with INM

Seeking Online and Video Naturopathic Physician, Cooking and Healthy Lifestyle Instructor for Children

Position is with The Institute for Natural Medicine (INM), Naturally Well Youth Cooking Program

The Institute for Natural Medicine is dedicated to nurturing the health of a diverse group of youth by educating them about the value of culinary nutrition. INM’s Naturally Well youth cooking video series is in partnership with other like-minded non-profit groups in Arizona, Texas, California. Our aim is to inspire youth ages (approx age 7-13) to come together to learn about healthy eating and lifestyle through a series of online cooking classes.

Position Summary:

The Institute for Natural Medicine is seeking a part-time online and video Cooking Instructor, who is a licensed naturopathic doctor, to teach basic cooking, nutrition, and healthy living skills in a video series. ​The ideal candidate must be a licensed naturopathic doctor with experience in leading cooking workshops and working with youth as an educator in formal or informal settings. This class will be filmed by a professional video team in 10 sessions on location in South Phoenix. This is a fast-paced project and requires weekly meetings, allocated time to work with the INM staff on the curriculum, practice runs and 3-4 days of on-site filming in south Phoenix. 

Responsibilities:

This is a part-time Institute for Natural Medicine position that is in conjunction with shared partners. The instructor will use the INM established Culinary Curriculum as a guide to teach online, hands-on, holistic cooking classes. Must be willing to go through a background check, INM interview and vetting process. 

Duties include but are not limited to:

●  Represent INM, the Naturally Well Brand and our partners in filmed cooking classes.

●  Support the INM staff in the direction and writing of the on-site teacher curriculum, student handouts and video scripts.

●  Responsible for helping the staff to prep and prepare all kitchen and teaching materials prior to class videos.

●  Being culturally respectful of the needs of the community that Naturally Well is serving and agree to work in accordance with INM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Values Statement (see below for this statement)

●  Allocate time for preparatory work and on-site filming.

●  Work with partner, Food as Medicine Institute to ensure instruction is congruent with their nutritional program’s culinary course materials.

Education, Experience and Characteristics

  • Licensed naturopathic doctor in the Phoenix metro area or AZ and be willing to travel and be on-site for preparation and filming.
  • Must be vaccinated or willing to be vaccinated to work with school-age children. Please note, there is a Delta-variant spike occurring in this at-risk community. The partner groups, who are integral to this project, are mandating vaccinations for all participants who come in contact with children and staff. INM must abide by this request to complete this important work.
  • Experience in formal or informal cooking classes with a focus on healthy foods and fun, interactive teaching.
  • Experience in formal or informal mentoring and/or teaching youth about healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Strong communication skills, preferably bilingual Spanish and English speaker.
  • Ability to communicate complex nutrition and holistic health practices into simple easy to understand language.
  • Basic food safety knowledge and interest in nutrition and food-related issues.
  • Sense of humor and good rapport with youth.
  • Dedicated to working hard and receiving constructive feedback while filming.
  • Works well with a team to support this on-going fast-paced project.
  • Willing to support INM’s mission to work with diverse populations to bring them access to information on ways to improve their health.
  • Prefer an ND with a history of work in Hispanic-Latino community.

Schedule and Compensation

The position is a stipend contract that begins as soon as contracted with in August or the start of September and ends when filming is complete in early Fall. Continued contracted support after the contract period ends is a possibility.

Stipend compensation is $1600 for this contract.

Please email your resume, cover letter and a 2-3 minute demo cooking video for children to Kelsang Tenpa, INM’s Naturally Well Program Manager: tenpa@naturemed.org

Priority given to applicants who submit prior to Aug. 31, 2021.  If a suitable person is found before August 31, 2021, INM reserves the right to contract anytime before that date

INM DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION VALUES STATEMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT

The Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) recognizes that human health entails a complex set of factors that span physical, mental, emotional, cultural, and socioeconomic realities. Each person possesses intersecting identities based on, but not limited to, their age, racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, gender, socioeconomic and physical disabilities. Patient needs as connected to these factors and identities must be considered in the pursuit of fostering wellness. To provide comprehensive health care that addresses all these factors, practitioners strive to be cognizant of how these factors interact with one another. This means addressing intersecting identities with their patients and prescribing treatments that honor the traditions and life ways of their patients.

As advocates for holistic, naturopathic health care, we know that our work must contribute to an environment of equitable access for all. That means ensuring that all patients have the opportunity to see themselves reflected in the educational materials that we develop, that we consider varying needs for accessibility in disseminating our materials, and that we maintain a critical eye that unwaveringly considers how we can positively impact health equity through our work educating the public, increasing access to licensed NDs, and growing the body of research about naturopathic medicine.

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This job posting is provided by the Institute for Natural Medicine, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, partnered with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. INM’s mission is to transform healthcare in America by increasing both public awareness of naturopathic medicine and access to naturopathic doctors for patients. INM believes that naturopathic medicine, with its unique principles and practices, has the potential to reverse the tide of chronic illness that overwhelms existing health care systems and to empower people to achieve and maintain their optimal lifelong health. INM strives to achieve this mission through the following  initiatives:

  • Education – Reveal the unique benefits and outcomes of naturopathic medicine
  • Access – Connect patients to licensed naturopathic doctors
  • Research – Expand quality research of this complex and comprehensive system of medicine