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Dr. Roni Evans Appointed to National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health
Roni L. Evans, Ph.D., D.C., M.S., research director of the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program and an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health. The NACCIH serves as the principal advisory body to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the lead federal agency for research on complementary and integrative health.
“We are delighted to welcome this distinguished group of leaders to our council,” says Helene Langevin, M.D., NCCIH director. “The center will greatly benefit from their expertise and experience, and I look forward to working with them as we continue to advance the field.”
The NACCIH—composed of physicians, scientists, complementary health practitioners, and members of the public—represents a broad range of science and practice. Members each serve 4-year terms and meet three times per year to provide second-level peer review in consideration of NCCIH scientific program priorities and program balance. Members also offer advice and recommendations on the prioritization of complementary and integrative health research.
"As a scientist who’s work has been supported by NCCIH funding for many years, I am excited and honored to play a part in helping shape the nation's complementary and integrative health research agenda,” says Evans. “I'm especially excited about the focus on addressing the opioid crisis—it’s such important work, and complentary therapies like chiropractic and mindfulness have crucial roles to play. I’m also highly optimistic about NCCIH’s interest in addressing wellbeing and healing—I think this is an area where complementary approaches really excel, so it will be intriguing to see how the research around this unfolds.”
Center Director Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., believes Evans’ leadership approach will be beneficial to NACCIH. “Dr. Roni Evans brings a depth of clinical and research expertise to the Council. Her work epitomizes team science and rigor,” she says. “As a member of the Council, Dr. Evans will be positioned to continue to advance the work of NCCIH.”
Evans will serve on the council through July 2022.
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