The Archive of Healing Newsletter
The Archive of Healing Newsletter Issue 1, fall 2021
Welcome to our first Archive of Healing Newsletter!
We consider all account holders to be members of a unique community.
We hope to foster a community that is interested in sharing "both giving and receiving" knowledge about healing and wellness across cultures. As with all communities, communication is vital. In this brief issue, we want to share what's happening with the Archive of Healing and update you on important information about the site.
First and foremost, THANK YOU! Your interest in the site has been immensely rewarding. Our team had been working on the site for over nine years before going live, and we are growing every day in terms of account holders. Please check out some of the great press we've been receiving at the news link on the site: In the News | The Archive of Healing
Have you noticed that you can flag a search result? For instance, the data might be culturally inappropriate, have a spelling error, or offer dangerous advice. We have been collecting flagged cards and it's time to start reviewing them. Here's where you come in! Whether you are a frequent user on the site, have an academic interest in curating data, or have an area of specialty in the world of healing, please consider becoming an Archive of Healing Card Reviewer. As a form of reciprocity, you will be the first to see the new data added to the site and have an opportunity to join the other Card Reviewers in on-line events. Most importantly, you will be playing a central role in how the site conveys information about healing across cultures. If you are interested or have any questions, just write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your email, tell us about your experience in healing and wellness, including any URLs or professional experiences that might be relevant. We will be giving priority to those who have spent more time on the site, relying on user analytics. Those accepted as Card Reviewers will receive instructions on how to access and moderate flagged cards
We want to let you in on a little secret: We've been holding back on you. We took this site "live" in order to test its functionality in a way that required thousands of users doing searches simultaneously. Everything went spectacularly well. We can start providing access to more and more of the original database. Over the next six months, searches will yield more results than before as we slowly add over twenty-five thousand new results. Happy Searching!
We’re Growing Up!
Like many organisms, we too are also growing and sprouting. We hope to have new data submissions up and running in early 2022. We are applying for grants and seeking investors to support the site's ability to offer internal messaging, as well as direct advertisement of naturopathic and holistic healers based on a user's geographic location. We look forward to sharing new features and functions over the upcoming months and years.
Featured AH member, Marla Mervins:
Marla Mervis-Hartmann is the creator of Love Your Body Love Yourself where she supports people to find peace with their bodies and freedom with food. Along side being a Living Light Reiki Master & Teacher Marla has followed her passion for women’s health down many paths of study including women’s sexual wellness; postpartum care; Restore Your Core educator training; Tantra teacher certification; Yoga teacher training, and massage therapy.
As a full-time Coach and Speaker who has been featured on TedX, Marla is devoted to empowering people to feel good about themselves and to live the life they desire.
Sometimes you just have to toot your own horn!
We are pleased to announce that the Archive of Healing recently received a California Community Foundation grant to support cultural revitalization projects with the Indigenous Tongva peoples around Los Angeles County. Dr. Shorter (AH Director) also received the Chancellor’s Award to help students connect the Archive with healers from a wide variety of modalities in the upcoming years. Have any ideas for other grants and investments? Just let us know!
COLE Lab: Recruiting for Prospective Doctoral Students
Dr. Ashley Cole, is an enrolled tribal member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University (OSU). Dr. Cole’s lab examines health behaviors and health inequalities and mental health in American Indian/Alaska Native (Indigenous) populations.
For more information contact Dr. Cole at email@example.com.