About John Weeks

Photo of John WeeksJohn Weeks has been involved in the integrative health movement for over 30 years as writer, speaker, executive, and organizer. His interest and involvement with global issues goes back further.
Since the mid-1990s, Weeks has produced the principal newsletter on the policy and business of integration in the United States, now via the Integrator Blog News & Reports. He writes related columns for Global Advance in Health and Medicine Journal, (GAHMJ), Integrative Practitioner, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, and The Huffington Post and has written others for publications such as Medical Economics, The Pain Practitioner, and Hospitals and Health Network. He and his work have been cited in such sources as the Boston Globe, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek, Seattle Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He was excited and honored to be asked to produce the Global Integrator Blog for the web presence for GAHMJ. Over the years, Weeks has been invited to serve as keynoter, plenary speaker, content organizer, moderator, panelist or discussant by scores of national and international interests representing virtually all stakeholders in health and medicine including medical systems, professional organizations, research, insurers, academics, employers and government agencies. 

Weeks brings to his writing experience gained in extensive consulted on integrative projects with such organizations as the World Health Organization, American Hospital Association, U.S.A. National Institutes of Health, Institute for Health and Productivity Management, Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, diverse practitioner organizations, academic programs at the universities of Maryland, Stanford, Arizona and Washington, and health systems such as Deaconess (Indiana), Baptist (Jacksonville) and Franciscan (Tacoma). He speaks extensively on integrative health and medicine topics.

Weeks writing is in service to the movement for health creation in which he is an activist. He has organized annual multi-stakeholder Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summits (2000-2002), raised start-up funds for the Integrated Health Policy Consortium (2001-), co-directed the 12-profession National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Care: Creating Common Ground (2004-2006) and co-founded and presently directs the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (2004-2014). On behalf of ACCAHC, Weeks serves as an active, alternate member of the Institute of Medicine Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education and on the steering committee of the U.S.A.-HRSA-funded Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine (IMPriME). He is on the organizing committee for the 2016 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health and serves as founding board member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM).

Weeks attended Stanford University for three years, studying history (with a focus on Latin America) and poetry. His international interests grew out of a natal family activism in multicultural, trans-denominational and anti-discrimination activities. Typically Seattle-based, he has lived in Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and for 2012-2015 Weeks is working from a home office in Rincon, Puerto Rico. As a freelancer reporter, he covered Port of Seattle and East Asian trade issues in the early 1980s. He was honored to be invited to participate in two of the four working groups that shaped the W.H.O. 2014-2023 Strategic Plan for Traditional Medicine. For AIHM, Weeks serves on the International Council. Three institutions have granted Weeks honorary doctorates. At the 2014 International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, three consortia and other entities together honored Weeks with a Lifetime Achievement Living Tribute award.