ACHS Launches Holistic Health Practitioner Directory

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Portland, OR— August 31, 2016— American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has launched a new, nationwide holistic health alumni practitioner directory. The directory enables anyone with Internet access to quickly and easily find a trained, local holistic health practitioner (http://directory.achs.edu/). Practitioners specialize in aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness coaching, among other modalities.

The ACHS.edu Alumni Practitioner Directory is one of the College’s many alumni services. The directory supports alumni efforts to gain visibility in a growing market and further increases the professionalism of the holistic health field. The directory also serves the needs of a growing number of Americans looking for well-trained practitioners specializing in wellness prevention and safe, affordable solutions for common health challenges.

A 2016 analysis by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report a substantial increase in the amount Americans are spending out-of-pocket for complementary health approaches. Based on data retrieved from a supplement to the 2012 National Health Survey, stats show “Americans spent $14.7 billion out-of-pocket on visits to complementary practitioners such as chiropractors, acupuncturists or massage therapists” and an additional “$12.8 billion out-of-pocket on natural product supplements.”[1]

“Our graduates have earned a vast amount of knowledge and experience through their education and rigorous curriculum at ACHS,” says Dorene Petersen, ACHS president and founder. “We are more than proud to highlight their expertise and businesses through the user-friendly Alumni Practitioner Directory, and help people find the holistic health services and practitioners they need for wellness.”

ACHS has a 38-year tradition of innovation in holistic health and complementary alternative medicine education. Accredited undergraduate- and graduate-level certificate, diploma, and degree programs emphasize experiential learning and prepare graduates to become collaborative leaders in clinical and non-clinical settings.

ACHS.edu Practitioner Directory participants are verified ACHS alumni. Practitioner Directory listings include complete practitioner biographical information, including photo, practice and business information, company logos, etc.

“This one-stop search tool makes it easy for potential clients to locate qualified practitioners and request information about services,” says Stephanie Torres, ACHS’s Alumni and Community Programs Manager. “It’s very exciting to see our professional graduates connecting with the public and truly making a difference through holistic health.”

To search the ACHS.edu Practitioner Directory by category or location, go to: http://directory.achs.edu/

For more information about this press release or ACHS.edu alumni services, please email publicrelations@achs.edu or call 800.487.8839. To learn more about ACHS’s accredited online holistic health programs, visit www.achs.edu.

[1] National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. (2016, June 22). Americans Spent $30.2 Billion Out-Of-Pocket On Complementary Health Approaches. National Institutes of Health. [Online] Retrieved from https://nccih.nih.gov/news/press/cost-spending-06222016 

About ACHS

American College of Healthcare Sciences has been educating industry leading holistic health professionals since 1978. View our Alumni in Action online at https://achs.edu/alumni/in-action. ACHS is an accredited member of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACHS is one of the only accredited holistic health colleges offering fully online graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, career-training certificates, and continuing education courses in integrative medicine fields, such as aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness coaching. For more information about ACHS programs visit www.achs.edu.

PRESS CONTACT: Lauren Shapiro, Communications Manager, publicrelations@achs.edu

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