FSPH Integrative Health Initiative Program
Under the direction of Dr. Dawn Upchurch and Dr. Michael Prelip in the Department of Community Health Sciences at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, the project will build a robust community-focused CAM research program to promote health, wellness, and resilience in underserved communities, through the lens of prevention. Historically, research and practice in CAM has assumed a medical, treatment-centered orientation. An integrative health initiative that uses a health-and wellness-centered approach holds great potential to empower communities to take control of their well-being in ways that are culturally appropriate and meaningful as well as cost effective and sustainable.
The Integrative Health Initiative is currently working with Eisner Foundation to pilot a Mindfulness intervention in the Generation Xchange program, a partnership with LAUSD aimed at improving health and well-being in adults and learning and emotional regulation among students.
Examples of potential pilot research projects include:
UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind
UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind is an organization dedicated to fighting childhood obesity by implementing comprehensive, innovate fitness programs in middle and high schools across Los Angeles. These programs include state-of-the-art fitness centers, a full physical education curriculum, and professional development for teachers and staff.
UCLArts & Healing
UCLArts & Healing transforms lives through creative expression by integrating the innate benefits of the arts with mental health practices to facilitate communication, build connection, evoke positive emotions, foster engagement, enhance mindfulness, reduce stress, and manage the impact of trauma. These sustainable tools can not only enhance general well-being but also can ameliorate intractable public health problems such as trauma, loneliness, intolerance, chronic pain, and end of life care. Experiential workshops and training programs are offered in art, dance/movement, drumming, music, theater, writing, and other mind-body practices.