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Looking to the Past and Future in NCCIH’s 25th Anniversary Year

Director’s Page
Helene M. Langevin, M.D.

January 24, 2024

Each year at this time, I like to look forward to the coming year at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and review the year that just ended. This type of reflection is particularly appropriate now because 2024 is NCCIH’s 25th anniversary year—a great time to celebrate progress in integrative health research and consider directions for the future. 

NCCIH’s research interests fall within seven main themes, with whole person health—the fundamental concept underlying our current strategic plan—at the center. As we start the new year, let’s look at recent activities and future plans in each of these areas:

Image depicts seven main research themes, with Whole Person Health at the center and six circles surrounding it that show Pain and Pain Management; Mind and Body; Health Restoration; Nutrition Continuum and Natural Products; Workforce Development and Special Populations; and Methods and Data Science.

People sometimes ask how a small Center like NCCIH can be involved in so many projects. The key is that we don’t work alone. Many of our activities involve collaborations with other components of NIH or other Federal agencies. For example, the emotional well-being research networks are supported by the National Institute on Aging and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development as well as NCCIH, and one of our major initiatives on pain, the Pain Management Collaboratory, is a partnership with the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs as well as several components of NIH. We will continue to seek out partnerships so we can learn from one another and combine resources to reach shared goals.

2024 will be an exciting year for NCCIH as we celebrate our 25th anniversary and begin to develop our next 5-year strategic plan. We’ll reflect on the past and look to the future as we build on NCCIH’s strengths and move in new directions. I hope you’ll continue to follow our journey.

Helene M. Langevin, M.D.
Helene M. Langevin, M.D.