Just got our beautiful, clean , clear POCA packet yeterday and I just want to say a HUGE, i mean HUGE! thank you to all the POCA Board, to Karen and Carmen in the POCA office, to all the writers in the Little Red Book No. 3, to everyone who has been helping behind the scenes to get this thing rolling and executed. I know for sure that these documents and these structures represent countless hours of researching, compiling, editing, discussing, problem-solving, patience, etc and i am so grateful for this effort. I want to hug each and every one of you and chocolate is on the way 😉

I know it sounds kind of dorky, but i just got all emotional about it all again. Like what a huge gift it is, how exciting to be part of something this wonderful, in awe of my comrades and their talents, eternally grateful for our willingness to work on behalf of our values, and on behalf of our patients, and so grateful of our support for each other.

Can’t wait to work with you all in our ever growing circles, to watch the POCAverse spread to every corner, to see patients joining in the fun even more, to blaze even more new frontiers together!!

We interviewed an acu student today for a reception position and at one point, he asked if we CA punks really did have as much fun as he’d read about. He honestly wondered if it could be true, or just some way to try to “sell” the model. Of course we laughed, because there is nothing to sell but joy and that it’s absolutely the most fun ever. Oh yeah.

Author: melissa

Found community acupuncture in my last year of acupuncture school and it was like cool water on the dry desert of aculand. It addressed all those nagging questions of how to make acupuncture accessible and inviting to people like me, in my own communities as well as actually make a living and I knew I would practice this way for the rest of my life. I have learned more (about acupuncture, about people and community, about myself) in the past few years of running a CA clinic and being an acupunk at another BDC clinic than ever before. It's one of my all-time favorite places to be. I am eternally grateful to this community for its welcoming support, its passionate determination and its irreverence for useless sacred cows. I look forward to our continued work in supporting community acupuncture clinics worldwide!

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