Building Integrated Healthcare: Keynote Speaker Richard Cowling, III

Press Release

For Immediate Release – April 1, 2006 

Contact: Miriam Hillson, American Holistic Nurses Association,, (800) 278-2462 Ext. 14

 St. Paul, Minn. — In a shared healthcare summit with the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA), this summer the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) will celebrate its 26th annual conference, “Holism in Action: Building Integrated Healthcare,” June 7-10, 2006 at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Hotel in Minnesota. The AHNA is pleased to announce that this year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Richard Cowling, III RN, PhD.

Currently Dr. Cowling is director of the PhD Program in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, as well as the editor of the Journal of Holistic Nursing. In addition to his writings and presentations of his work, Cowling is well known for his contributions to research through the development and implementation of unitary appreciative nursing.  His presentation, “Illuminating Heart: The Alchemy and Artistry of Unitary Healing,” will incorporate his own journey through open heart surgery, the phenomenon of Hurricane Katrina and his work with abused women.  

Cowling joined the AHNA in 2001 impressed by the refreshing attitudes of AHNA’s members towards their work. In a recent article for the AHNA newsletter, Cowling wrote:

What impressed me most about the AHNA were the enthusiasm, joyfulness and playfulness of its members. These were serious individuals who cared deeply, and acted faithfully and knowledgeably on behalf of people in need of holistic services, but who at the same time knew that having fun and taking care of oneself and one’s colleagues is as equally important. I wanted to be a part of this, and today I cherish my membership and involvement in the AHNA.

This joint conference seeks to educate and inspire nurses, physicians and health care providers from all walks of life to promote a paradigm shift in healthcare that encourages competence, mutual respect and collaboration across all approaches for the benefit of the patient. Interest in this conference is growing rapidly nationwide with a large number of early registrants. 

Registration fees range from $90 for pre-conference workshops to $665 for late, full registration.  Participants can register for individual pre-conference workshops, a one-day session or the entire conference. Walk-in registrations are welcome. Workshop descriptions, schedules and registration are available at

AHNA was founded in 1981 and promotes the education of nurses, other healthcare professionals, and the public in research, concepts and practice of healing the whole person.



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