Liberation Acupuncture and Community-Based Integrative Medicine Workshop

June 1, 2018 to June 2, 2018

Tabor Space- Portland, OR


June 1-2, 2018

The purpose of this workshop is to explore and promote collaborations between POCA clinics, public health partners such as CareOregon and/or social justice organizing partners, in order to advance our collective ability to increase health equity for the most marginalized patients, by providing acupuncture to them on their own terms. Topics addressed include health disparities, trauma informed care in community acupuncture clinics, and emerging best practices for partnerships.

This workshop overlaps a meeting of NADA (the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) and there is an optional dinner with NADA members after the workshop on June 2nd.


Sliding scale $125 early bird (until May 1); $150 afterward

Student rate: $100

Includes snacks, Friday lunch and dinner, Saturday lunch, 14 (?) CEUs (California and NCCAOM pending; we hope they'll give us all 14)

All proceeds go to POCA Tech

Dinner with NADA on Saturday June 2 is $20 (paid separately)


Friday June 1

9:00 am Opening & Introductions; an overview of WCA’s/POCA Tech’s partnership with CareOregon, especially the Health Resilience Program: a discussion of trauma-informed care practices and implications for other POCA clinics

9:30 - 10:30 Panel on POCA clinics/ public health partnerships/social justice partnerships: what have we tried, what has worked, what might be some emerging best practices for addressing health disparities via community acupuncture


10:45 -- 12:00 pm split into 2 small groups focused on public health and social justice partnerships respectively for questions and discussion, then the groups switch


1:00 -- 2:30 Workshop about the relationship, overlap, contradiction, etc between service work, public health and organizing/movement building to address health disparities, in order to build that analysis and conversation together


2:45 -- 5 pm Discussion in small groups


Off-site socializing

Saturday June 2

Workshop: Enacting the mission of the POCA Cooperative in light of the need to address health disparities: what emerging trends mean for the structure of the cooperative.

POCA’s mission is to work cooperatively to increase accessibility to and availability of affordable group acupuncture treatments.


Panel: organizing with NADA to address health disparities

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), a not-for-profit training and advocacy organization, encourages community wellness through the use of a standardized auricular acupuncture protocol for behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, and disaster & emotional trauma. We work to improve access and effectiveness of care through promoting policies and practices which integrate NADA-style treatment with other Western behavioral health modalities.


Working groups 


Optional dinner with NADA members


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