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POCA Clinic Member Changes

Recently I saw a bumper sticker for a local food co-op that said, “I own a grocery store with some friends” and I thought of POCA. Back in 2011, when we made the transition from the Community Acupuncture Network (which was a 501c6 nonprofit) to POCA, one of

Open Sourcing Modern Acupuncture: Part Four, Stamina

Recently I had an interesting conversation with a prospective POCA Tech student, who described to me his efforts to research acupuncture schools. He told me that he spoke with a current student at a Classical Chinese Medicine program, who reacted with horror when he heard that the prospective student

Public Service Announcement: POCA and Ear Acupuncture!

One of the best things about POCA, I think, is that it’s based on self-organizing: members are free to identify needs and then work together to meet them. Recently, a group of POCA members in different states/provinces (Arizona, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Ontario) began discussing the

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

On Beginning, Again - for new and old punks. Part 1, Guest Post by Cait Cain

I’m finally writing a POCA blog - my name is Cait and I own Lincoln Acupuncture Project here in Lincoln, Nebraska. Some say adaptability is what keeps us alive, but it’s also what keeps us engaged, expanding, growing and learning as individuals and, as a

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

POCA and the Commons: POCAfest Keynote 2018

 by Lisa Baird and Lisa Rohleder

1. Lisa B: the tragedy of the commons

A couple years ago one of my patients asked if her uncle could interview me. He’d written a book about business, and he was very interested in Guelph Community

As Seen in O, the Oprah Magazine

If all POCA clinics would like to add that as a tagline, they totally can:



This isn't my favorite mainstream press mention of POCA, and the photo

Time to Make Friends!

(outside of the acupuncture profession)

That’s the theme of our upcoming June 1-2 workshop in PDX.  It’s all about relationship-building, reaching out, and cultivating partnerships and alliances among like-minded people and organizations -- who are often more friendly to community acupuncture than

To Be Safe for Myself and Others (Guest Post by Jade Fang)

I guess I am in my 9th year as a part of POCA and before that CAN.

I've seen a lot of things happen and wanted to help articulate something.

POCA's mission is to work cooperatively to increase accessibility to and availability of

I Heart Safety Data

There sure is a lot going on around here lately. Anybody else feel like it’s hard to keep up? Anyway, this could be two separate blog posts but I’m putting them together because they’ve got a common theme: safety data. Which I like

Utah Update

Let’s start with the good news: the rule change amendment proposed by the Acupuncture Advisory Board of Utah, which would require new applicants for acupuncture licenses in Utah to have the NCCAOM certification in Chinese Herbology, is NOT moving forward.

This means that POCA Tech

Position Paper Part 3: Retaliation

Last week on January 4th, the Utah Acupuncture Licensing Board posted its agenda for an electronic meeting on the following Tuesday, January 9th. There were two discussion items on the agenda, described only as 1) Letter of Concern, and 2) Rule Change Amendment.  There was no indication why any member


2017, like 2016 before it, was a hard year for a lot of people. I’m a big fan of year-end gratitude lists, *especially* when it was hard.

At the top of my gratitude list is POCA, particularly for its most recent donation to POCA Tech -- $14,500. $10,000 of

Tangled Up in POCA-


Shelby here, an enthusiastic punkling at POCA Tech and membership circle volunteer, knee deep in the membership drive. In preparation for the membership drive, I had the honor of interviewing and collecting posts from folks in POCA so that y'all could read, enjoy and be

POCA and Public Health Workshop

Please save the date!

for what? a meeting with your comrades about POCA’s developing relationships with public health initiatives

when? Fri June 1 and Sat June 2 2018 in Portland OR;  on Sunday June 3rd there will be a NADA regional meeting, so if you

Patient's Perspective: Why Should I Join POCA?

If you're like me, Milwaukee Community Acupuncture is the only place you have ever received an acupuncture treatment. I didn't realize how different MCA was from most acupuncture clinics in the U.S. until a while after I started coming. Most acupuncturists see only one patient at

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

Doing Something Useful (Beyond Our Usual Usefulness!)

There was a recent discussion on Facebook and now within the POCA forums among some POCA members regarding ways of participating in a National General Strike Day on February 17th.  Some clinics are planning on being closed, others will be open and donating some or all of the

Cross-Posted: the $9 Tomato

Check out this excellent reflection on micro-farming and community acupuncture from  new POCA Punk member Lisa Williams in Vermont!

What We're Built to Do

No organization can do everything. Every organization can do something, and each organization is charged with the social responsibility to do that which it can, it is built to do.  A. Philip Randolph

Since I’ve realized how important self-organizing is to POCA Tech, I

Losers Holding Hands

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, comrades, we should all be feeling pretty flattered right now.

And if anybody’s wondering what our reflection might look like in the warped mirror of capitalism, there it is: the Modern Acupuncture franchise, with its sleek recliners

Trade-offs and Truth

I haven’t been writing much, on the blog or on FB, for awhile in part because I felt like I couldn’t do any of that and also do my POCA Tech job. During the Candidacy site visit in the spring, one of the site visitors

The Practice of Cooperation: Presentation by Dr. Andrew Zitcer

The Practice of Cooperation: How Co-ops Can Transform Social and Economic Relations Andrew Zitcer Drexel University awzitcer@gmail.com POCA Tech 11-4-2016 DRAFT NOT FOR PUBLICATION; PLEASE CONTACT AUTHOR BEFORE DISTRIBUTING OR CITING

Good afternoon. Thank you so much for having me here today.

POCA as a Knowledge Commons: POCAfest Keynote

I'd like to acknowledge that we're on the traditional territory of the Miwok people, and I'd like to acknowledge and thank everyone who made it possible for us to be here, including the people who built these buildings and who clean them and care for them

Registration for POCAfest 8 in Marin Headlands is now Open! Sign up here!

POCA Fest Fall 2016 – Marin Headlands
 September 23-25, 2016

Join us for the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture Fall 2016 conference. This fall’s POCA Fest is for punks, receptors, patient/community members, POCA supporters, students, friends and family. Last time we were at Marin we

What Would POCA Tech Do without POCA? No, Seriously

The occasion for this blog post is yet another donation from POCA to POCA Tech of $10,000. And in addition to thanking all of our members, and particularly those who participated in the May Membership Drive (thank you! thank you! thank you!) I wanted to expand this post into a

The Making of a Revolutionary -- Keynote by Greg Jones

Before we get started, I’d like to acknowledge that we are on occupied territory of the Cherokee Nation.

Our clinics are pretty special places. No matter where in the world we are located they are places where people from many different backgrounds, socio-economic classes, and

New POCA Tech FAQs

You can find them on the POCA Tech site also.

I don’t understand the requirement to work in or start up a POCA clinic after graduation. Can you explain that more?

We suggest that all prospective students do some market research on acupuncture

How Community Acupuncture Changed Me: Guest Post by Cera Mae

I’ve been thinking a lot about the theme of this spring’s POCAfest in Nashville. Community acupuncture has certainly changed me, and I feel like I can offer some unique perspectives.

We all have our individual back story to describe how we wound up