Healing Arts and Economics: Research Alliance with FSU

Research: The Economic Impact of Alternative Medicine, and Best Practices in Healing Arts Organizations

The Healing Arts Alliance is pleased to announce that we have initiated a multi-part research project in collaboration with Florida State University's Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE), and Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis (CEFA).

The research proposes to identify the economic impact of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the Tallahassee market, and to identify organizations comparable to HAA around the country and determine best management practices for such organizations.

The outcomes of our research will include:

  • a survey of consumer spending on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the Tallahassee area;
  • a best-management-practices report which will serve as a benchmark and reference for HAA in prioritizing our projects and efforts;
  • a database of organizations across the country which are comparable to HAA, and of CAM practitioners in the Tallahassee area (including, but not limited to our members).

Our undergraduate Research Assistants will be developing their critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills as they practice inquiry-based learning and develop professional skills that will make them better applicants for graduate schools and jobs. They will showcase their findings in the Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium. HAA will keep our email subscribers informed of developments, or reports, as they become available.

Our 2018-2019 Academic Year Student Research Assistants are:

Sally Zhu, Austin Balon, and Natasha Couoh.

Project mentors are Julie Harrington, Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis at FSU, and Arielle Raff, Executive Director of the Healing Arts Alliance. Caroline Collins, Chair of the Healing Arts Alliance Board of Directors, will support the project as an advisor, and Dr. Michelle Gamble is an advisor on the project from the HAA Membership Action team.

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