Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Moving Train of Community Acupuncture

“The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings 
should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Howard  Zinn, from  "You Can't Be Neutral On a Moving Train."

As promised last week, we’d like to say a couple things about our overly busy schedule, the opportunities this represents, and the ways our whole community of stakeholders in affordable healthcare can help.

1) We’re really busy. This is a good thing. Lots of people in RI are finding out about community acupuncture thanks to word of mouth from their friends, loved ones, and co-workers. People tell people when something makes them feel better and have better lives. Because coming for acupuncture makes people feel better and because most people are dead serious about healing (and because visits are affordable for most) lots of people are getting frequent and regular treatments because that's how it works. Of course we’re busy.

2) We need to hire one or two punks, acupunks that is. And we need more clinics in Rhode Island. The demand for affordable, reliable, trustworthy, and noninvasive healthcare is, obviously, limitless. Talk about job creation.

3) It’s extremely hard to find licensed punks to hire that want a real job and know how to do what we’re doing. (This is a bizarre reality; but, we CAN change it with your help.) This crazy fact exists because, even though there are plenty of wonderful and caring people from within our local community who would love to become punks and work with us or open their own clinics, they cannot nearly afford the exorbitant cost of acupuncture school. And, even if they were independently wealthy or were willing to just be in deep debt for the remainder of their lives, the training that they’d receive at said schools, cash cows who cater to people who will treat upper middle class and wealthy patients, would not at all prepare them to communicate with, much less do acupuncture with, lots and lots of working people with normal incomes and busy busy lives.

4) Part of the solution is to create a new acupuncture school, one which working people or students from working families can afford, and which prepares its students for a real, full-time job as an acupuncturist. That way, with a steady influx of well trained and caring new punks, community clinics can continue to flourish. And, new ones can be born right in the communities that need them.

Next week, we'll say a little more about how that can happen, and how we're already on our way! About what you can do to help. And about a very exciting year for Providence Community Acupuncture

In the meantime, feel free to read more about the new school we're actually starting with your help.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

!! What do you mean the schedule is full? !!

You may have noticed that our schedule has been super full lately. Sometimes, patients are having to wait a day or two to get the time slot they want. We wanted to apologize for the inconvenience, and to say that the ability for patients to get treatments when they need and are able to do them is one of our most important ongoing goals. If you need a treatment right now, we want you to be able to have one. We’re working on the jam. The schedule should already have more slack in it and will probably have more by Thanksgiving. Thanks for your patience.

But, there’s a few important implications of this development. Some temporarily frustrating implications, but mostly some exciting implications. Some implications which have to do with cooperatives, and YOU! 

Over the next few weeks, stay tuned here and on facebook for a little discussion about hiring community acupuncturists, starting new clinics, revolutionizing acupuncture training, and about a very fun conference/party this coming spring right outside of Providence. At the annual POCAfest, community acupuncture punks, patients and other community members from all over North America will be getting together to make big plans and have big fun right here in Rhode Island.