The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA) have received a grant from VoLo Foundation. This grant invests in scholarships and educational opportunities for practitioners and health coaches and helps advance health equity through expanded access to a root cause, functional medicine approach to health care.
As a trusted and experienced medical education provider that has been continuously accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) since 2001, IFM is the leading voice for functional medicine and trains health care providers in a root cause, whole health approach that prioritizes evidence-based lifestyle interventions, according to IFM.
In 2021, IFM launched its annual scholarship program, Functional Medicine for All (FM4All), to help foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive field of functional medicine. This scholarship is intended for clinicians around the globe who are beginning their functional medicine education and are currently working with historically medically underserved communities. With this grant, IFM will increase the number of scholarships awarded through FM4All.
“Interprofessional collaboration is critical to ensuring a whole health approach to care,” stated IFM Chief Executive Officer Amy R. Mack, MSES/MPA. “In support of this work, IFM and FMCA will also establish discussion sessions with scholarship winners to facilitate knowledge exchange and community-building among recipients.”
Adopting healthier lifestyle habits is notoriously challenging, and this challenge is amplified for people experiencing inequities across the social determinants of health. As members of the collaborative care team, functional medicine practitioners and health coaches are ideally positioned to address patients’ unique health care needs through a personalized approach to care.
“The role of the functional medicine health coach is paramount for individuals in historically marginalized communities to achieve their highest expression of individual health,” said FMCA Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum. “This grant will enable FMCA to empower more health coaches to make a meaningful impact in improving wellness and health care in these populations.”
Since 2014, VoLo Foundation has contributed significant funding to worthy nonprofits. VoLo Foundation focuses on tackling major environmental issues, along with research, humanitarian, health and education initiatives.
“VoLo Foundation is committed to improving health and increasing access to equitable health care. The inclusion of lifestyle, medicine and holistic interventions are a great way to optimize longevity and well-being,” explained Thais Lopez Vogel and David S. Vogel, co-founders of VoLo Foundation. “This grant reflects our dedication to increasing health care access for all, particularly in underserved communities.”