April Brings a “Shower” of Activity at Bastyr University

Friday, March 29, 2013

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New beginnings, old favorites and an historic partnership highlight this month’s news.

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April is traditionally a month known for rain, but here at Bastyr University, we are experiencing a different kind of downpour – one of excitement, over all the news we have to share this month. Here are some highlights:

Introducing the School of Traditional World Medicines

As the world becomes smaller and communities diversify, it is imperative that today’s licensed health care practitioners be prepared to provide culturally appropriate care to patients. Bastyr University’s clinical training model is designed to help students deliver culturally competent clinical care. Yet in this increasingly globalized world, we also recognize the inherent value of many healing traditions from around the world. Today’s providers should be capable of drawing from a wide array of proven practices to provide patients with truly effective whole-person health care. That is why Bastyr University has decided to establish a new School of Traditional World Medicines.

Initially, the School of Traditional World Medicines will be home to Bastyr University’s Department of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a new Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences program that will begin in fall 2013. As different world medicines gain in popularity in America, Bastyr University is uniquely poised to teach a variety of respected, time-honored healing traditions. This first-of-its-kind school is the latest example of Bastyr University taking a bold step toward advancing natural medicine, a landmark creation that will help expand our notions of how to attain wellness and prepare our students to deliver truly comprehensive health care.

Choice Organic Teas Partnership

For the first time ever, Bastyr University is lending its name to a consumer product, partnering with Seattle-based Choice Organic Teas to develop and launch a new line of flavorful, certified organic Wellness Teas. This partnership has resulted in the creation of eight different teas designed to support healthy body functions and enhance wellness, while at the same time providing a pleasing taste. The teas, formulated by Bastyr experts in botanical medicine, feature 30 different active botanical herbs that are recognized and used for their health-supporting qualities.

In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each box of Wellness Teas will benefit the Bastyr University Student Scholarship Fund, helping advance the field and practice of natural medicine by providing increased opportunities for students. The new line of teas is scheduled to hit national retail shelves this fall.

Spring for Health Luncheon 2013

In just a few short weeks, we will once again host our annual Spring for Health Luncheon at the Seattle Fairmont Olympic Hotel.  The event, which raises money to provide uncompensated care at our clinics, will be hosted by KING5-TV (NBC, Seattle) news anchor Jean Enerson. This year’s keynote speaker is Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD. Dr. Sweet is the perfect person to address our guests as she has made it her life’s mission to provide medical care for the poor and chronically ill in San Francisco.

We hope you continue to check back frequently to see all that is happening on our campuses and in our clinics in the Seattle area and in San Diego because when it rains it pours, and right now we are experiencing a deluge of progress of which we can all be proud.

President Daniel K. Church, PhD
In health,
Daniel K. Church, PhD
Bastyr University President