A Complementary Health Integration Project
The Complementary Health Integration Project (CHIP) is a government-funded initiative focused on providing Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) services and expanding research on the effectiveness of such services in improving pain management, mental health, and addiction-related health issues. Alberta residents under the age of 24 or above 55 may be qualified to receive CAM treatments free of charge.
As a community-based service and study, accompanied research focuses on exploring the factors that impact willingness to seek CAM services and its role in intervention.
Funding for this project was provided through the Government of Alberta’s $53.4 million investment aimed at enhancing mental health and addiction supports for Albertans during and after the pandemic.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) refers to medical practices that are not part of conventional medical care. Such treatments include acupuncture, dietary therapy, and mind-body therapies.
Numerous scientific studies worldwide have showcased the beneficial outcomes of CAM when integrated with Conventional Medicine as an effective hybrid strategy in addressing conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Studies have also established the positive impact of CAM on quality of life and its merit as preventive medicine.
Promoting the Complementary Health Integration Program to improve physical and mental well-beings for individuals experiencing pain, mental health and addiction issues.
- Over 24 years of research experience
- Over 24 years of institutional CAM practice experience