The AANP's primary objective is to secure licensure in all 50 states for naturopathic doctors who have graduated from CNME-accredited naturopathic medical schools. We work closely with our state affiliates, providing state grants, technical support, template materials, coordinated messaging, and assistance with research.
Supporting State Licensure Campaigns
In the last four years, FIVE states were successful in passing bills to regulate Naturopathic Doctors. The AANP supported all of these licensure bids and is currently supporting active bids in multiple states across the country - and building the pipeline of other states as they ramp up for campaigns in the coming years. What states should you be watching? Bookmark the AANP Legislative Action Center for more information!
State Advocacy Grants
The AANP also provides DIRECT FUNDING to support licensure campaigns in the form of advocacy grants. Since 2016, the AANP has awarded $103,000 to 13 state ND associations to advance their efforts. The grant application is open twice a year, usually in January/February and again in October/November. Join your state affiliate to get plugged in!
Join the Pre-Licensed Advocacy Team
Once a month, the AANP hosts a pre-licensed team call to support leaders of ND associations who are pursuing licensure. The group is open to all pre-licensed state leaders. Representatives of the Institute for Natural Medicine, the Federation of Naturopathic Medicine Regulatory Authorities, and the Naturopathic Medical Student Association also participate in the calls.
The pre-licensed team shares resources, tips, materials, and strategies for how to effectively get naturopathic medicine regulated in all states. Members regularly share files and resources in the Association & Advocacy Toolkit, a resource for members so you never have to reinvent the wheel! Contact the AANP's Director of State Relations for more information.
State Association Technical Support
The AANP works with NDs in pre-licensed states to form, develop, and enhance state associations. Areas of support include fundraising, membership, organization processes and procedures, board development, and more. The AANP toolkit is rich with resources, and assistance for state leaders is just a phone call away!
Naturopathic doctors are trained in four year accredited naturopathic medical schools as primary care providers, although some naturopathic doctors also choose to specialize.
Scope of practice is regulated by state law and varies from the limited authorization to diagnosis and treat in some states, up to full recognition as primary care providers with authorization to prescribe, do minor surgery and deliver babies in others.
Especially in this time when we are facing a shortage of primary care providers in every state in the country, the AANP works with our affiliates and state legislators to fully utilize naturopathic doctors to the top of their education and training.
Wondering which states have scope expansions pending? Check out the AANP Legislative Action Center.
Join the Post-Licensed Advocacy Team
Once a month, the AANP hosts a monthly post-licensed team call as a resource to state leaders in regulated states. The post-licensed team shares resources, tips, materials, and strategies for how to advance scope or secure insurance coverage of patients who choose to see a naturopathic doctor. Members regularly share files and resources in the Advocacy & Association Toolkit, a resource for members so you never have to reinvent the wheel!
The work of state leaders doesn’t end when they cross the finish line to licensure - in some ways, the work is just beginning! The AANP supports state ND associations as they navigate the rules and regulations process, and as they face sunset reviews.