Integrative Health and Wellness
The Lovell Foundation contributed to the transformation of health care by supporting pioneers in the field of integrative medicine. Two decades ago, the foundation gave its first grant to the nascent integrative medicine program established by Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona, then helped lead a national initiative to identify and disseminate leading models of integrative care, develop the research base for integrative medicine, and change the way physicians are educated.
“Transforming health care means moving the boundaries of the existing field of medicine to include healing the ‘whole person’ – mind, body and spirit. People drawn to integrative medicine – as providers, patients or philanthropists – are attracted to it because their values match those of this approach to health and healing.” That is the declaration of “The New Medicine” featured in a PBS documentary aired nationwide in 2006.
During the filming of that documentary, Ann Lovell met Dr. Esther Sternberg, then with the National Institute of Health. Today Dr. Sternberg is leading inter-departmental collaborations at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and her research is supported in part by the Lovell Foundation.
Both Ann and Lura Lovell have served on local and national boards to encourage traditional disease-focused medicine to embrace the more inclusive integrative medicine approach to health care.
Integrative medicine made a huge difference in David Lovell’s last few months after he was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer at the age of 66. While undergoing radiation and other treatments that were very hard on the body, he worked with an oncology nurse who taught him to use transcendental meditation, guided imagery and other techniques for balancing the body, mind and spirit. That helped him relax, reach out and connect with his loved ones on a deep level.