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Wade on Reception and Why It Matters

An experienced CA punk who has lived through every variety of clinic reception talks about the different models -- and why reception matters to a punk. Are you a new punk wondering why your clinic isn't busier? Are you a receptionist wondering if what you do is really

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POCA Coop Transition Summary

It's been a year since the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic, and community acupuncture clinics have been deeply affected . Many clinics have closed, sadly, never to re-open. Other clinics closed during lockdown or never closed at all, and quickly learned how to revamp their operations to keep

POCA is Closed

"POCA is closed."

There was a momentary silence after James Lorr aka “Jimmy Jabs” spoke those three words during a Zoom meet-up on Monday, March 16.  Justine Meyers organized the on-line hangout.  Many of us gathered together to check in, to share information and

Why more punks in more places…

"Why more punks in more places… Because the woman who was stung by a bee last week needed relief that creams didn’t give her and didn’t want a steroid shot for pain and inflammation.

Because the older woman who comes for pain

Don't Stop Believing: Why CAP Supports POCA's Membership Drive

At the Community Acupuncture Project in West Seattle, we can’t, don’t and won’t  stop believing in POCA! Since our inception in 2009, we’ve been a part of the Community Acupuncture Network (CAN) which grew into our national coop, the People&rsquo

Highlighting a Really Neato POCA Tech Punkling Project

If you’ve been reading Michael’s blog post about the Worst Job in POCA/CA….you might be hiding in the supply closet of your clinic cringing and wringing your hands and thinking.” How oh HOW can I prevent such a catastrophe..or maybe more on point..those

The Acupuncture Profession has 99 problems, but NADA ain’t one of them.

The most common question I get when promoting New Hampshire’s new ADS law is: “does acupuncture only treat addiction..”


Last year, I advocated for a law.  It became the biggest acupuncture media campaign in New Hampshire’s

Incarceration & Access to Care: One Clinic's Story

There are many ways our clinics work to ally ourselves with local community organizations, campaigns and efforts. Fortifying local movements through offering organizers and directly impacted people a place to rest, find some relief from emotional and physical pain is one service we can provide.  Such direct service

POCA Tech's First Show & Tell

A couple of months ago, I was talking with a patient in the POCA Tech student clinic at WCA Rockwood, and she told me about how she'd been tracking her symptoms since starting acupuncture and had used the data as a basis for a statistics lesson for her

A Call for Cooperation

POCA is a place. We come together to heal the pain and stress, and promote the general health of ourselves and our wider community. When we are here, we balance the conflicts of american acupuncture vs. community acupuncture, the actual vs. virtual, individual vs. collective, competitive vs. cooperative, and

Guest Post: Travels through the POCAverse

Off the top of my head, I've visited Working Class Acupuncture and talked Ilse into giving me her autograph.  I've also been to Circle Comm Acu, Sarana, Oakland Acupuncture Project, Persimmon Comm Acu, Beach Comm Acu, Long Beach Comm Acu.  I'm sure there's

Healing my grief through Community Acupuncture

I went to a funeral in Florida this month. It was for my best friend Jenny’s mother, Diane.  It was important for me to go because Jenny died over 5 years ago and I couldn’t attend her funeral. 

Florida is a difficult

POCA's newest, coolest, most co-operative member benefit: The POCA Passport

Just in time for our Spring Member Drive, The POCA Membership circle offers our newest coolest, most cooperative member benefit, The POCA Passport.  It won’t get you out of the country, but hopefully it will inspire you to travel to more Community Clinics on (and even

Too Much All The Time: Ask Uncle Andy

Thanks to all who wrote with great hiring questions, to share difficult circumstances (not fit for this blog, unfortunately) and to ask for a bit of clinic space-searching advice.  I loved hearing from you all.

This question is submitted by a reader

Remembering Ann

I’ve lost three people to cancer this year. All women, all around my same age, all business owners. First was the sister of one of my dearest friends, back in the spring. Last week it was our beloved POCA comrade Ann Rich. Then a few days ago,

Fall 2015 Membership Drive Begins Today!

The fall Membership Drive is here!  Starting today, and for a whole month

You have the opportunity to talk to people about membership in POCA You have the opportunity to renew your clinic's membership. your own, and people who come to your clinic You have the


Since the last time we were in Marin, lots of things have changed from the young organization we were then.  People/volunteers come and go, philosophy becomes more specific, goals become more concrete, but one thing hasn’t changed - there’s always a mountain of

A Self-Organizing Parade

POCA Fest is over for now but I’m still floating in the POCA Over-Flow- the abundant heart-felt, head expanding, energetic surge that comes from getting together with all of you. POCA Fest is what I want the world to look like: groups of friends, old and new,

Why We Belong to POCA

People need community and human connection and while the physical community is slowing shrinking the online community grows.  I've been told that the average person spends 1 hours each day on Facebook.  Even though people are not physically seeing each other as much, we as humans still

Guest Blog on Sarana's first membership drive – Oct 2014

From Pam Chang, POCA BOD member volunteer:

This fall was our first 'official' participation in a POCA membership drive. Other years, we've only made an effort to re-enroll our reception volunteers during membership campaigns. This year, spurred by my role as a POCA board member and

Stillpoint and the Automatic Membership model

Stillpoint Community Acupuncture opened in August 2011, in the small town of Langford BC, a pocket community of Victoria. Since we opened, we have provided over 13,000 treatments, and have only twice dipped into our overdraft, something that we are quite proud of.

About a year ago we began

POCAFest Fall 2014 Keynote: Sustainability for the Next Generation

POCAfest Fall 2014 Keynote: Sustainability for the Next Generation

Before I begin, I’d like to continue a tradition started by Lisa Baird and acknowledge that this is the traditional territory of the Santee people, and that we’re visitors here.


What Yoga Can Learn from Community Acupuncture

http://moonlitmoth.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/community-yoga-a-community-healing-movement-or-what-yoga-can-learn-from-community-acupuncture/ (the original post and blog contain many wonderful links to further exploration around inclusion, accessibility, etc so please click through!)

When I was at my yoga teacher training two summers ago I over heard a conversation between two people in my training. They

Build Community and Tell Your Story!


POCA: Loving Yourself, Loving Your Community   So I went to a seminar on growing our co-ops. It was a beautiful enriching experience. It gave me  a new understanding of what POCA is and I wanted to share it with all of you.     

Picking My Head Up and Looking at the Big Picture


Sometimes it's exhilarating to look up, to feel connected, and to realize we are not alone, we are all working together and helping each other.


I love POCA.


I love the community it's created

The fractal metaphor, with visuals

I have to admit, the fractal metaphor has been lost on me until I saw these pictures. http://imgur.com/a/Cjh54/#4 In the same day, Zem posted this Ted Talk from Amanda Palmer on "The art of asking."  She developed a network with her fans.

I've Been Asked to Write a blog about my CA Journey

I've been asked to write a blog post on my CA journey.

Some background: I've been in practice since 1995 in a variety of settings. I worked in a rheumatologist's office, a community HIV clinic, a CAM clinic at a hospital. I had private room practices in various

More about the Fractal: Community and Digging Deep

This is a two-part post about the fractal. Part one is about something that happened recently at WCA: we made a mistake and a patient got mad at us. Statistically speaking, this should happen a lot more often than it actually does. In this case, the mistake was that

On Community Acupuncture and D.I.T.*


Last week I signed a five-year lease for a ground floor clinic space in downtown Guelph, and my POCA micro-loan application was approved. Guelph Community Acupuncture will be opening in late January. It’s kind of a big deal. Amidst the fatigue and the lists

Community Acupuncture , Community Medicine, Family Medicine, Ancestral Medicine


Today was one of those days where the thread of experiences I had while needing in the clinic made me well up a little several times.  Today something showed itself in such clear ways that I figured I should write about it, I suspect many

POCA Fest 2012 Opening Address - Demetra Delia Markis

Did you miss POCA Fest 2012?  Want to relive the glory? Watch the opening address by our fearless Executive Director Demetra Delia Markis.  CAUTION: This video contains strong but inspiring language.


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