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AHPA Continues Engagement With NIH’s NCCIH

Longevity By Nature

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is welcoming public feedback for their fifth draft Strategic Plan covering 2021 to 2025. The plan identifies research efforts and priorities through this period. AHPA staff remained engaged through the development of the new Plan and regularly attend meetings of the NCCIH Advisory Council’s public sessions.

The NCCIH Advisory Council held a meeting on Jan.15, 2021 to discuss the plan and several areas of grant awards and research done under the auspices of the program. AHPA Chief Information Scientist Merle Zimmermann, PhD, attended. The NCCIH also advised the budgets had been completed as of Dec. 21 and reviewed the main parts of the plan, which has a strong focus on whole person health, recontextualizing dietary (including herbal formulas, botanicals, and supplements) as well as mind and body practices in a wider context, while still supporting studies on basic and mechanistic research.

The full draft plan can be reviewed at the agency website (https://files.nccih.nih.gov/nccih-strategic-plan-2021-2025-draft.pdf) and public comments are welcomed through March 12, 2021 through a Request for Information (NOT-AT-21-005) (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AT-21-005.html) established Feb. 8, 2021 for this purpose.

Through the course of the NCCIH 2021-2025 Strategic Plan’s development AHPA offered the following feedback on the draft plan as it was assembled during 2020-2021.

For more information, visitwww.nccih.nih.gov/nccih-strategic-plan-2021-2025#.