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NCCIH Strategic Planning Town Hall: Public Comment Session

Date: July 1, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. ET to 3:00 p.m. ET


Event Description

This event will be broadcast through Zoom Webinar; please register via Eventbrite.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is updating its Strategic Plan to guide the Center’s research efforts and priorities over the next 5 years (fiscal years 2021-2025). On February 19, 2020, we held a webinar, “NCCIH Strategic Planning Webinar: Whole Person Health,” to kick off the year-long strategic planning process, and at the meeting of the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health that took place on June 5, 2020, Dr. Helene M. Langevin, NCCIH director, presented and led a discussion on strategic planning concepts.

Request for Information (RFI) (NOT-AT-20-013) was published to notify stakeholders about the process for giving input.

During this town hall, NCCIH invites comments from stakeholders, experts, communities, and members of the public, including but not limited to researchers and trainees across academia, industry, and government; health care providers and health advocacy organizations; nongovernmental, scientific, and professional organizations; and Federal agencies. Note we will not plan to answer any questions during this session.

When registering for the town hall, those who wish to make a comment are encouraged to select one of the RFI themes (see the list below) on which to comment. We will listen to comments theme by theme with a brief recap in between each theme. Those who register to speak but do not pick a theme will be invited to speak during a general comments period at the end of the town hall. All comments provided will be considered in the overall strategic planning process. If you wish to make a comment, please register by Monday, June 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

  • Input on high-priority objectives that you do not see reflected among the five strategic objectives (advance fundamental science and methods development; improve care for hard-to-manage symptoms; foster health promotion and disease prevention; enhance the complementary and integrative health research workforce; disseminate objective evidence-based information on complementary and integrative health interventions).
  • Opportunities for, and challenges facing, progress in integrative and complementary health research, including whole person health.
  • Gaps and opportunities in basic, mechanistic, translational, and clinical research. The Center is particularly interested in feedback on research opportunities and methodologies in whole person health and multimodal approaches.  
  • Opportunities in implementation science. Implementation science focuses on identifying, understanding, and overcoming barriers to the adoption, adaptation, integration, scale-up, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, tools, policies, and guidelines.
  • Emerging research needs and opportunities that should be considered as the Center’s 2021 Strategic Plan is developed.
  • Research needs and opportunities articulated in the Center’s current Strategic Plan that should be modified because of progress over the past 5 years. (The Center’s current plan is available at
  • Recommendations for steps, actions, activities, or opportunities that will help NCCIH make progress on the current Strategic Objectives or any new objectives that you are suggesting.
  • Successes, shortcomings, and impacts of existing NCCIH policies, practices, partnerships, strategies, or activities.
  • Any other comments related to the NCCIH Strategic Plan.


To request reasonable accommodations to participate, contact the NCCIH Clearinghouse at or 1-888-644-6226. The Federal Relay Service ( provides free telecommunications relay service.