Update from Our Executive Director Beth Martin
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Posted by: Leah Konieczka
Dear OANP Community,
Thank you. In what is an extremely difficult and confusing time, it has been my privilege to witness how our community has come together to support each other. There are more questions than answers, and information seems to be changing daily. Out of all of this uncertainty, I see the hope, love and continued belief that naturopathic medicine is needed in our communities. I believe in you. I believe in the sacred knowledge that each of you hold, and see how vital you are.
The OANP has been working quickly and diligently to be a foundation of support for you, and I wanted to give you a quick glance at what we are working on:
Overall business strategies for the association:
- We have been working with INM/AANP/NUNM and the other state associations to share timely webinars, information, and are working extremely collaboratively. The speed at which info is being shared has been a gift, and I wanted to thank all of the groups that have been so forthcoming and open.
- We are working on the financial impact this pandemic could have on the association, as I know all other businesses are doing. We will be reducing spending, assessing overall costs, costs to members, and will be creating a new budget for the 20/21 year based on our current circumstances.
- We have been culling all of the information that has been coming out from the different healthcare groups and have been sending email alerts with the most important and pertinent information to you.
- We are creating a media campaign to drive patients towards naturopathic medicine. This media blitz will go out to all of the news channels, social media channels, and we are hoping to drive more patients to naturopathic medicine during this crisis.
- We are connecting with all of the hospital groups, health associations, and state health authorities to educate them on naturopathic medicine, and to offer ourselves as a resource.
- The 4/28 MedTalk had a topic change, and Dr. Tyna Moore will be giving a talk on Telemedicine. We will be generating more timely content to help support you in this time of transition.
- We will be creating a community survey to find out who is providing critical care to patients, who was/is offering telemedicine, and who has had to close clinic doors. This will give us a better idea of what our members (and non-members) need from us.
- We worked quickly to apply pressure on insurance companies who were not yet allowing telemedicine options, and the vast majority have now added this benefit. If you are still having issues with any insurance companies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There is an issue regarding WA allowing Oregon NDs to continue to treat patients that they have been seeing. I’m working with OBNM to try to assist in fixing this issue.
- The legislative committee is working diligently to vet and deal with all issues that are being brought up, so I would like to give a huge thank you to the committee, and to the NDs that have let us know what issues need our attention!
I know that these are difficult times for all. Balancing all of the hats during this pandemic, being a friend, family member, doctor and human, everything is being impacted. We will get through this, grow and learn and be stronger because of this experience.
I would like to know how you are doing. I am here for each of you, please let me know what support you need.
With all my respect and gratitude,