Why I Joined POCA

I Joined POCA because I wanted to see models for health care and business that were sane, and where people power and helping each other is more important than politics and profits.

 

There are so many reasons to JOIN POCA- Let's hear yours.

 

Joining POCA is easy just click here for registration information and a list of membership benefits.

This story was posted on February 28 2013 by crismonteiro.
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  • March 1 2013 at 9:37 AM
    alexa writes:

    I joined POCA because we can accomplish so much more working together than we can as individuals.

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  • March 1 2013 at 9:46 AM
    spitfire writes:

    I joined POCA because I wanted to put forth my two cents to ensure that community acupuncture is happening all over the place, because I effing love you guys, because I am thankful for my job, my work, and my know-how-to-be a machete to the jungle of pain out there, OooohRAH POCA!!

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  • March 1 2013 at 12:02 PM
    crismonteiro writes:

    Ooh Yeah- Alexa-and Spitfire….

    POCA has over 1,000 members- let’s hear from more of you-  WHY did YOU join POCA?

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  • March 1 2013 at 12:31 PM
    MMDobson writes:

    I joined POCA so that more people in my own income bracket could get acupuncture (without having to dig into their hypothetical savings).

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  • March 1 2013 at 2:30 PM
    Wadelp writes:

    I joined POCA because being a lonely acupuncturist sucks.  Have a community is awesome!

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  • March 1 2013 at 4:16 PM
    crismonteiro writes:

    TTAFKAW and MM- being isolated sucks—affording things like health care (and hopefully retirement)  Yay!

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  • March 1 2013 at 4:43 PM
    melissa writes:

    I joined POCA because I couldn’t believe a group of folks was crazy enough to design the answer to my prayers and I had to be part of it. Also, appreciated that they are willing to really show up as themselves (and even say fuck!)
    Best professional decision I’ve ever made.

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  • March 1 2013 at 6:05 PM
    sizzlek writes:

    I joined POCA, I volunteer for POCA, I support POCA because it is an organization that takes action based on what it believes is best for the greatest number of patients.

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  • March 1 2013 at 8:38 PM
    Roppy writes:

    I joined POCA because, it’s an organization that is about putting acupuncturists to work.  There is no acu organization that does that other than POCA.  so, fuck, yeah!

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  • March 1 2013 at 8:40 PM
    Roppy writes:

    And in POCA, I can admit to other punks that I think Lonny Jarret’s books are really boring and we all laugh in agreement.

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  • March 1 2013 at 9:22 PM
    StillpointCA writes:

    I joined POCA because after 13 disappointing years of being a part-time acupuncturist I was ready to quit.  When I found the CA model a huge light went off in my head, and wouldn’t let me sleep until I had done something with it.

    POCA and all that it offers in the way of camaraderie, support, information (oh, so much information!) and vision has given me the tools I needed to be able to ‘live the dream.’

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  • March 2 2013 at 9:04 AM
    kevingermain writes:

    Because I saw a community of people who recognize the real need to engage with each other and to the community at large.

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  • March 2 2013 at 9:08 AM
    Presence_CA writes:

    I joined POCA because i believe people of ordinary means should be able to get quality acupuncture from skilled providers without going into debt.

    Also I think the amount of guidance available here in all aspects of starting and running a clinic is really staggering and, when you consider the cost of business coaching, is an absolute steal for the cost of membership.

    I volunteered for POCA Tech because i have been involved in acupuncture education for well over a decade and strongly feel that it is time to try a different approach.

    I feel really happy to be able to contribute to the organization and the re-thinking of acupuncture education, how it is done and who it serves.

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  • March 2 2013 at 11:33 AM
    andy wegman writes:

    ...because it’s a family of people that I genuinely see eye-to-eye with.

    POCA is the outward result of people getting together to do good work from the heart.

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  • March 3 2013 at 11:27 AM
    Lisa B. writes:

    I joined POCA because acupunking is the best job I’ve ever had and I can’t do it alone.

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  • March 3 2013 at 3:42 PM
    KevinCampo writes:

    I joined POCA because… there’s always going to be clean, clear ways to help the head and hands aspect of being a better acupuncturist. POCA allows us the messy, challenging, uplifting and inspiring way to work on our hearts.

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  • March 4 2013 at 10:09 AM
    korbenp writes:

    Access! Just like the ways at our clinics we do things based on people being able to find us, be attracted, and be able to come - I think of joining POCA as growing a movement based on a rational and just and clinically effective way of doing medicine so that more punks can find us and open more rational clinics so that more of my family and friends and also everyone I’ll never know can get regular acupuncture. And so there’s that many more shared social spaces in the world.

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  • March 4 2013 at 10:11 AM
    korbenp writes:

    And because i really really appreciate having a job.

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  • March 4 2013 at 10:46 AM
    mollyfread writes:

    i joined POCA because when i first read the LRB in my 2nd year of school, i knew CA was for me. i can live out my values every day by offering affordable care to regular people. i love being part of the healthcare solution. i love volunteering for POCA because this is a group of people who truly, creatively makes shit happen.

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  • March 8 2013 at 2:06 PM
    urbanapuncture writes:

    I joined POCA because We can!

    I can’t do this by myself and stay sane - we can.
    I can’t change acupuncture - we can.
    I can’t build a sustainable community business- we can.
    I can’t live in multiple cities so all my loved ones can get regular affordable acupuncture-we can.
    I can’t make acupuncture more useful and accessible to more people all around the country- we can.
    I definitely not going to open an affordable acupuncture school -we can!

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  • March 10 2013 at 8:06 PM
    JG writes:

    I joined POCA because acupuncture is awesome and everyone should have access to it.  POCA provides support, education and inspiration in the true spirit of community enrichment.

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  • March 21 2013 at 9:48 AM
    raychill writes:

    I joined POCA because I believe regular acupuncture can help to heal the world. I hope in my lifetime to see clinics like this all over; breaking down the barriers that pain and suffering can cause and creating space for communities to heal & grow together.

    Being a part of POCA is comforting also.
    (sort of like when you wake up the community room that was empty when you arrived; and is now full of familiar faces, friends & neighbors all comfy and snoozing!)

    Knowing there is a whole group of us working to create access to acupuncture for all, gives me hope for humans… in a world that sometimes seems so bizarrely wrong, chaotic and backwards; the clinics seem like a pool of tranquility, each with a ripple effect, spreading healing and calm.

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