August 31, 2021
A burst of light. The sudden appearance of a bright, new star. In Latin, meaning “fresh, new, young.” These are all definitions of nova—and they are the inspiration behind our organization’s new name: Nova Institute for Health.
Since founding the United States’ first academic health center program for integrative medicine thirty years ago, I’ve witnessed profound change in medical practice that focused on whole person care. Building on this movement, we created The Institute for Integrative Health in 2007, broadening our work to examine all the factors that create health or drive illness. We also nurtured a remarkable community of thought leaders who inspired innovative yet evidence-based research, partnerships, scientific publications, and action in academic medical centers and in the grassroots community that have led to significant advances in health and healing.
Today, we’re at an important juncture in our decades-long quest to transform the predominant approach to health and healthcare. It’s time to fundamentally shift how we think about health and well-being at all scales, from the individual to the local to the global.
With our new strategic direction, it was time for a new name.
Brian M. Berman, MD
President and Founder, Nova Institute for Health
(formerly The Institute for Integrative Health)