WCA just showed up in Portland’s shiniest periodical, Portland Monthly Magazine, in their “Best of the City” issue: “our surefire, gotta-get-cracking, must-do list of the city’s most fabulous people, places, and things”. And not even in the “local color” section, in the beauty section of all places. Of course, the needle -er and needle -ee in the photo, our acupuncturist John and receptionist Carolyn, are of course extremely attractive. But what is this strange feeling I’m having? Is this what it feels like to be fashionable? I had no idea. I can’t post a link because the articles are not online, but here is a quote: “And while it might sound a little strange to lie alongside up to 15 other people while your head resembles a pincushion, plenty do. In fact, the clinic sees around 420 patients a week…the sliding scale rate of $15 to $35 is plenty doable, even if your private insurance company just laughed you off the phone when you asked if acupuncture was an approved treatment.” I think we may have just slipped into the mainstream.
The theme for this conference is “Breaking Barriers”. You know, there are so many barriers to break in acupuncture that it was really hard to choose which ones to talk about for this speech. But since I’ve spent so much time talking about classism as a barrier, I thought it might be fun to shift gears a little and talk about numbers.
This is a unique time; the community
acupuncture movement is in the process of shifting its foundation
from CAN to POCA, from a 501c6 nonprofit to a cooperative. There’s
change happening at every level. We’re only about five years old as
an organization, and yet we’ve done a total overhaul already.