March 2020 Edition: Consider ACLM Board Service
By Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, FACLM, DipABLM
At its core, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the Lifestyle Medicine (LM) provider’s voice and the profession's best advocate during medicine's most turbulent times. As the nation’s only medical professional association for physicians and other professionals dedicated to clinical and worksite practice of Lifestyle Medicine, our collective goal is to improve the lives of physicians and the patients we serve.
ACLM is at the forefront of championing a new system of health care for our nation. The health care industry as a whole is at an inflection point, and it is evident that the status quo is not working for patients nor for providers. Our past and present ACLM leaders have understood the need to change and have been instrumental in taking active steps toward accomplishing our goal of re-imagining and transforming the current sick- care system to one in which LM becomes the foundation of health and all health care.
As opposed to chronic disease management, our focus is health restoration. We believe evidence-based LM should be the first-treatment option to prevent, treat and reverse chronic disease.
You, as ACLM members, are the change agents who are committed to a Lifestyle Medicine-first approach to real health care, and we thank you for being part of our 4,000-plus member “tribe” of health pioneers. As our executive director, Susan Benigas, often says, we are an organization that is a magnet for purpose, passion-driven medical professionals dedicated to ushering in a transformed and sustainable system of health care delivery.
Many of you are actively participating in member interest groups (MIGs), committees and task forces, networking among peers both within ACLM and external to ACLM, and promoting and raising awareness of LM within your realms of influence.
Are you ready to take the next step? Serving on ACLM’s Board of Directors is an opportunity to serve—at the highest level—what is now regarded as our nation’s fastest growing medical professional association.
If you desire to advocate on behalf of physicians and patients, have a passion for LM and seek to share knowledge across disciplines, improve reimbursement and develop policies to expand its use—reshaping the future of medicine—then you have a role to play in defining how we get there. If the timing isn’t right for you, personally, you may know of a fellow ACLM member whom you believe would be an exceptional ACLM leader.
Please be giving this some thought, as our call for nominations for our summer 2020 Board of Directors election will go live on May 15.
I have thoroughly enjoyed serving as ACLM’s president-elect, now president, and, upon the conclusion of our Lifestyle Medicine 2020 conference, as immediate past-president. This six- year service on our board has been inspiring, invigorating and is FAR from over. I know that the best is yet to come, as, in the past five years alone, ACLM’s membership has seen explosive growth: over 600% during this time span. During this same five years, our staff has increased from two part-time positions to what is now a team 20+ strong. And, with robust educational offerings, certification through the American Board of LM and through ACLM, and so much more, the building blocks are now in place for ACLM’s impact to grow exponentially.
From what I have witnessed of our pipeline of future leaders, I am more than optimistic that they will not only continue to carry the banner towards achieving our goals but will surely accelerate our getting there.
Our summer election will feature the offices of president, young director and four at-large board positions. While ACLM’s Executive Committee meets virtually for an hour each month, ACLM’s full Board of Directors meets quarterly for a two hour meeting, with three of these being virtual, and the one face-to-face meeting taking place during the annual conference. Lifestyle Medicine 2020 will be held in Carlsbad, CA, at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, November 1-4, with ACLM’s BOD meeting slated for 8:30 a.m. PT on Sunday morning, November 1. Additionally, the full board is asked to participate in one additional live meeting each year: either tied to our Corporate Roundtable or to a bi-annual strategic planning meeting. Active board leadership on at least one or more ACLM committees, task forces or MIGs is asked, as part of board service.
Our call for nominations goes live May 15, 2020 and closes June 15. Watch for future communications in this regard. The election takes place in August (the ballot will be sent by ElectionRunner).
Here’s to transforming health and redefining health care throughout the U.S. and around the world by addressing root causes of disease. Lifestyle Medicine is what equips and empowers us to achieve the Quadruple AIM.