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The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) is a rapidly-growing cooperative of people involved in the community acupuncture movement: acupuncturists, patients, clinics, and supportive organizations.

 

BAC is a proud member of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA), which is an organization made of independent yet similarly minded clinics, businesses and individuals.

Currently there are 129 clinics listed on POCA’s website, this allows people to refer family or friends who live out of town to affordable acupuncture near them, and for traveling patients to continue treatment where they go.  But that’s not all POCA does.  They offer support and micro loans to bolster the acupuncture business world, helping make acupuncture more accessible.  As if that wasn’t enough they have also started an affordable acupuncture school!

POCA has been a backbone for BAC, here are the things POCA has done for us:

  • Offer forums & blogs on common interest issues that come up.  This gives us a feeling of connection, isolation is common in the acupuncture profession, and this co-op puts a stop to that.  Every time a business related hurtle arises at BAC we consult the great POCA database and find our answers or others who’ve been in a similar situation.
  • Tips for start up and running a business.  And complete detailed instructions on how to do so.  Running a business was not a main focus in our acupuncture education.  So if we don’t have a business background, this could be new turf, and for us it was.
  • Forms and documents til your heart’s content.  With a little branding we collected most of our documents (if not all) from other clinics who have openly shared them on POCA.  This includes the entire process of going Non-profit, along with an 80+ page application.
  • Real life continuing education credits, in Idaho Licensed acupuncturists are required to complete continuing education coarse’s annually. While the ancient Chinese medicine theory is interesting, (and there are several great options for continuing education coarse’s out there), POCA offers topics that apply specifically to community style acupuncturists.
  • In the future it’s an option to seek support from POCA for expansion of the clinic.
  • POCA’s affordable acupuncture school, POCA Tech makes it an option for community clinics like BAC to hire a community trained acupuncturist.
  • POCA continues to represent the working class, in acupuncture law making & alternative healthcare.  Collectively we stand up in support of each other.

How we give back to POCA & you can too:

 

508282991Our POCA map hanging on the wall at BAC. We have many business cards from all around the state’s to share, or you can find a clinic on their website.

~BAC team