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VOICE OF THE PATIENT

Without question, at one point or another in our lifetime, each of us will be a patient as will our loved ones. Before this possibility becomes a reality, we all need to consider what is important in patient care. The voice of the patient should be listened to and heard. Please take a moment to watch this video to learn why Urban Zen was inspired to make healthcare and well-being an initiative of great importance and passion.

URBAN ZEN INTEGRATIVE THERAPY PROGRAM

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Imagine a healthcare system where the patient is treated, not just the disease. Imagine a system where eastern healing techniques, yoga therapy, essential oil therapy and nutrition are used in combination with western medicine in a holistic approach to patient care. In 2009, the Urban Zen Foundation launched the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) aimed toward realizing this vision. The UZIT program includes training in yoga therapy, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition, and contemplative care giving. Most participants – doctors, nurses, physical and massage therapists, dentists, and experienced yoga instructors amongst others – are dual credentialed. The 12-month curriculum addresses the key patient symptoms of PANIC – Pain, Anxiety, Nausea, Insomnia, Constipation, and exhaustion – and includes clinical rotations.

2011 UZIT PROGRAM

The 2011 Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program is underway. During this year-long curriculum, students from the healthcare and yoga communities are trained in five modalities of treatment; yoga therapy (breath awareness, in-bed movement, guided meditation), Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care. Each modality is introduced separately and then students are taught how to integrate the modalities to address whatever symptoms the patient or client is experiencing (pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation (PANIC) and exhaustion. Once integration has been instructed, students begin their practical experience during their clinical rotation hours working with patients, loved ones and caregivers. READ MORE

BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTER

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Donna Karan and Urban Zen Foundation partnered with Beth Israel Medical Center (BIMC) to create opportunities for research on integrative therapies and to develop a pilot program that enhances the care of cancer patients. The goal of this program is to create an Optimal Healing Environment that is built around a menu of complementary healing therapies. READ MORE


MEDICAL RESEARCH

Learn more about the UZIT medical research conducted at Beth Israel Medical Center. READ MORE

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

The Johnson & Johnson “Campaign For Nursing’s Future” is collaborating with our 2011 Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) Program to offer generous scholarship opportunities for nurses.  We connected with the Johnson & Johnson “Campaign For Nursing’s Future” because we are very grateful to the nurses of America who care so selflessly for patients, and their families and friends. Together, we are dedicated to advancing the nursing profession and to supporting the nursing community, both organizations understand the emotional and physical depletion this demanding profession can create among its professionals. READ MORE

JOHNSON & JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Follow the journey of our four Johnson & Johnson UZIT Scholarship recipients as they complete the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program. READ MORE



TESTIMONIALS

PENNY DOYLE – Patient at BIMC
“[The Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program] puts me in an emotional pliable state of mind where I can tune out a lot of this disease prone atmostphere because everything you look at here is clincal. But it takes you to another and different emotional and spiritual level. If you can get away from this… for just a few moments or an hour, that is a good thing.”

SHANA KUHN-SIEGEL – Yoga Coordinator / Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program at BIMC
“Working with caregivers and hospital staff initially had a lot of unknowns. I didn’t speak their language and they didn’t speak mine. But by acknowledging their efforts and contributions and offering information about the integrative therapies, it was amazing to see them accept the therapies and me.”

DR. MARTIN KARPEH – General Surgeon, BIMC
“I was a bit skeptical at first myself, but to see a patient who got nausea after a major abdominal surgery and they take part in [essential oil therapy] or acupuncture and you begin to see some of that nausea be relived. It truly is a compliment to what we use.”


COMMUNITY SERVICE

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Community Service is one of several unique requirements that the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program students must fulfill to complete training. These fifteen hours have proven to be emotionally, physically and spiritually impactful for therapist and patient alike as the work of the UZIT program is shared with the community at large. From volunteering at events across the nation, such as VDay to the Winter 2009 Special Olympics, Fashion’s Night Out, and the Yoga Journal Conferences, our UZIT students continue to demonstrate the wide scope of applications from hospitals to patient advocacy and crisis situations as well as the athletic arena.

UZIT COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENTS

VDAY IN NEW ORLEANS

WINTER 2009 SPECIAL OLYMPICS

BOSTON YOGA JOURNAL CONFERENCE

SAN FRANCISCO YOGA JOURNAL CONFERENCE

NEW YORK YOGA JOURNAL CONFERENCE

COLORADO YOGA JOURNAL CONFERENCE

FASHION WEEK

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Financial support is critical to any philanthropic effort. Urban Zen’s future depends in part on contributions made by our community. Any monetary contribution will assist in the continued programming and events that gather us together to learn, become inspired and create change.

By making a donation to the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, your contribution can be used to assist funding for:

* Continued research on the impact of integrative therapy for patients

* Creating paid integrative therapist positions at clinical sites

* Tuition scholarships to train future integrative therapists

* Purchasing equipment and tools for training

Contributions are not limited to monetary donations. Urban Zen is a community for collaboration. If you have services or products that you believe will assist Urban Zen in raising awareness of our initiatives and inspiring change, please contact Gabrielle Frackman gfrackman@urbanzen.org


DONATE

Donating online is fast and easy. Make a gift that will help the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program accomplish its mission.

DONATE TODAY


SCHOLARSHIPS

Rodney Yee and his family have generously established two scholarships dedicated to assisting students of integrative therapies to acquire their training and participate in the movement to raise the profile of integrative therapies. Your donation to these scholarships makes it possible for students to be a part of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program.

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BECOME A SPONSOR

For more information about sponsorships opportunities, please call 212.414.8520 or email info@urbanzen.org


VOLUNTEER

As a nonprofit with limited resources, we are dependent on volunteers. We are always looking for great people who can provide invaluable support. Please email UZIT2010@urbanzen.org for more information on how you can help.

CONTACT US

URBAN ZEN INTEGRATIVE THERAPY PROGRAM

URBAN ZEN FOUNDATION

705 Greenwich Street, 3rd floor

New York, NY 10014

1.212.414.8520

Lisa Sunshine

Program Adminstrator

lisa@urbanzen.org

FAQ

Frequently asked question about the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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