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Samantha Simmons, MPH

Samantha Simmons, MPH
Member – Governance | Member – Mission, Academic & Student Affairs
Ms. Simmons has served as President of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM) since 2008. Ms. Simmons is an accomplished leader in the field of integrative health with an extensive background in many facets of driving transformation in healthcare through collaborative initiatives and strategic partnerships. Her background is in health policy advocacy, program development, interprofessional and inter‐institutional collaboration, strategic planning, public relations, grant writing and fundraising, event planning and marketing and outreach. She is passionate about health policy and driving utilization of whole health models of care through innovative initiatives and partnerships, understanding that policies and utilization are both factors that act as barriers or facilitators to improving the health of communities. Previously, Ms. Simmons was a Research Associate and Program Administrator for the NIH R25 complementary and alternative medicine education grant as well as Program Administrator in pediatrics at Oregon Health &Science University (OHSU). She received her MPH degree in health management and policy with an emphasis in integrative health from Portland State University as well as a BS in psychology. Ms. Simmons is Chair of the Policy Working Group, a Member of the Pain Taskforce and Member of the Program Committee for ICIMH for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health as well as a member of the Integrative Approaches to Pain and Addiction Committee of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium.

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