Institutes of NUNM

Comprised of four focuses, the Institutes primary function is to enhance community education and inclusion. Through hands-on community classes, weekend seminars and lecture events the principles of naturopathic medicine are promoted through:

Formally established in 2014, the goal of NUNM’s Food as Medicine Institute (FAMI) is to adapt the intensive nutrition training that naturopathic and Chinese medicine students receive during their medical education into meaningful learning opportunities for community members. FAMI naturopathic physicians and NUNM students offer a variety of hands-on learning experiences through community-based nutrition and cooking programs, including the FAME (Food as Medicine Everyday) workshops. FAME is a 12-week series of interactive nutrition classes and whole-food cooking instruction available to families and individuals in the Portland area.

Introduced in 2012, NUNM’s Women in Balance Institute (WIBI), was the first natural medicine educational association in the nation dedicated to education and research on women’s health. The institute’s goal is to educate women and the healthcare community about hormones and how they affect a woman’s health at each stage of her life. NUNM medical students, working under the supervision of a lead physician, have the opportunity to play a role in women’s health education and outreach.

Introduced in 2012, NUNM’s Women in Balance Institute (WIBI), was the first natural medicine educational association in the nation dedicated to education and research on women’s health. The institute’s goal is to educate women and the healthcare community about hormones and how they affect a woman’s health at each stage of her life. NUNM medical students, working under the supervision of a lead physician, have the opportunity to play a role in women’s health education and outreach.

The Traditional Roots Institute launched in spring 2013 with a simple goal: to feed and grow natural medicine’s herbal roots. The institute helps bring the people’s medicine back to our communities through education and experiential learning. It offers opportunities for all types of healthcare providers to deepen their understanding of herbal medicine and advance their clinical practice. With the guidance of a lead physician, traditional roots supports public awareness of herbal medicine through free monthly herb walks, social media, online articles, hands-on and in-depth classes, and an annual conference.