Shoshana Silverman

I am a listener, copywriter, editor, fundraiser, program developer, yoga instructor, cook, wife and mom.

Writing Sample: Proposal July 2, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shoshana Belisle @ 1:34 am

cchhSelection from Executive Summary used for fundraising purposes

The Continuum Center for Health and Healing (CCHH) is a leader in the flourishing field of Integrative Medicine – a field which brings together the best of Western Medicine with evidence-based practices from a broad range of healing traditions. Since opening its doors in 2000, the Center quickly established itself as one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive academic health center devoted to integrative medicine. Under the leadership of Woodson C. Merrell, MD, the M. Anthony Fisher Director of Integrative Medicine, the Center is creating a model—that can be replicated nationally and internationally—in clinical practice, research, and professional and consumer education.

Clinical Practice
The Center’s practice emphasizes patient-centered care, and a holistic, mind-body-spirit approach that is grounded in scientific evidence and emphasizes the healing properties of empathic and equal partnerships between patients and health care providers. The Center’s practice continues to grow, with approximately 2,800 visits each month to the Center’s beautiful feng shui-influenced facility. Specialties include: Holistic Internal Medicine and Family Practice, Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine, Chiropractic Care, Mind-Body Services (including aromatherapy, biofeedback and holistic nursing), Integrative Gynecology & Women’s Health, Pediatric Homeopathy, Mind-Body Psychotherapy, Orthopedic & Sports Rehabilitation, Integrative Nutrition, Integrative Ear, Nose & Throat, and We Focus on Fitness – the Center’s Physical Therapy & Fitness Training program. Special programs addressing unique needs include the Holistic Preparation for Surgery Program and Leech Therapy for Osteoarthritis…

The Center is committed to contributing to the knowledge base of integrative, evidence-based practice, and actively participates in research studies to determine the safety, efficacy and cost-savings potential of expanded healing approaches. Under the leadership of Research Director, Benjamin Kligler, MD, the Center has been very successful in establishing collaborations both with industry-sponsored researchers and with NIH-funded groups at other institutions, and is now actively sought out by researchers for participation in multi-site trials. Projects currently underway include an Integrative Approach to the Management of Asthma, and a cold sore study using a topical botanical treatment. The Center is preparing to launch a study on an herbal preparation for Rheumatoid Arthritis, and is pioneering a new approach to cancer care in collaboration with internationally-acclaimed designer Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Initiative to explore the efficacy of an “Optimal Healing Environment,” which includes yoga therapy, for oncology inpatients at Beth Israel Medical Center…