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Media and PR Support

Leveraging our messaging and media expertise, the Institute for Natural Medicine has undertaken campaigns to increase public awareness and trust in naturopathic and integrative care. We use tools like placed and earned media, social media, strategic content development, public relations skills, trainings, media literacy guides, and more to support organizations that are working to make our healthcare system work better for us all. 

We take particular interest in campaigns that support the scope and licensure of naturopathic doctors, as it currently varies greatly state by state in the U.S. There are continuing efforts to increase access to licensed naturopathic doctors at the state level, such as scope expansion and licensure. We see nationwide licensure as a crucial step towards whole health care that empowers patient choice and preventative medicine.

The end goal: reduce healthcare costs, improve healthcare outcomes.

In 2006, the Institute for Natural Medicine provided support for the successful drive to license NDs in California. Then again, in 2022, Wisconsin received licensure. Our current grassroots initiatives reside in Illinois and Florida with hopeful successes soon.

In the United States: 26 jurisdictions, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands all have laws regulating naturopathic doctors. Check with your state naturopathic association for specific regulations and requirements regarding scope of practice.

Jurisdictions currently offering licensure or registration to naturopathic physicians:

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Connecticut
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Hawaii
  8. Idaho
  9. Kansas
  10. Maine
  11. Maryland
  12. Massachusetts
  13. Minnesota
  14. Montana
  15. New Hampshire
  16. New Mexico
  17. North Dakota
  18. Oregon
  19. Pennsylvania
  20. Rhode Island
  21. Utah
  22. Vermont
  23. Washington
  24. Wisconsin
  25. Puerto Rico 
  26. U.S. Virgin Islands

For more information on licensure in the United States, please visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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