As I get older I notice that aches and pains take longer to go away. As a kid, I was very active and nothing could hold me down but today, my neck and shoulders are sore, and stay sore, for what seems to be weeks after doing some light gardening. Massages are good but I’ve been itching to give acupuncture a try! People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) is a cooperative owned by acupuncturists, students, patients and supporters that harnesses their time, energy and resources to create a sustainable economic foundation for delivering affordable acupuncture.
POCA strives to create living-wage acupuncture-related employment and supports its members from schooling to start-up success. The cooperative is working towards their goal of providing affordable, quality acupuncture care for at least 50 million Americans by 2020, and as a collective, contribute to healthy communities.
Anyone can join the POCA cooperative as a patient/community member, an organization, clinic or Acu-punks/student. Membership fees are on a sliding scale and range from $25 to $5000 per year depending on membership type and level of commitment. Fees collected help the organization with initiatives that include:
- supporting punks (acupuncture students) open, manage and improve community acupuncture clinics
- develop micro-loan programs to open more clinics and keep them operational
- promote legislative industry change
- increase affordable acupuncture access for all.
Thank you People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) for making our world wonderful.
LET ME KNOW, REPLY BELOW: Have you tried acupuncture before? How was your experience?