Evelyn on POCAfest 2017

This past weekend I attended my first POCAfest in the mountains outside of Salt Lake City with part of our Sacramento Acupuncture Project family: Whitney and Molly. We were even lucky enough to have Cait make an appearance from Nebraska!

You might be asking yourself “What is POCA? And what the heck is POCAfest?” POCA, otherwise known as the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture, is an organization that brings together community acupuncture clinics from all over, helping new clinics get started, existing clinics thrive, and acupunks of all skill levels find new ways to improve. POCAfest is their annual gathering. It is a time to check in with fellow clinic owners and punks, talk about our vision for the future of CA, to recharge our dedication to what we do, and to laugh, a lot.

Over the course of the weekend there were panel discussions and lectures on things like building a strong patient base, acupunk self-care, proper body mechanics and palpation techniques. We talked about the current state of community acupuncture in the US and where we would like to see it go (more of it everywhere!).

As a first time attendee, the thing that was most striking to me was the passion of everyone present. From the POCAtech students, punks new to the CA scene, and practitioners who have been at it for 10 years, everyone was energized by their work and dedicated to the well being of their patients. It was great to meet practitioners from all over the country that are fired up about affordable acupuncture for their communities. At the heart of a community acupuncture clinic is the idea that everyone should have access to affordable care, and a safe place to rest and heal. The treatment room is an equalizer, it dissolves the borders of race, class, gender, age, etc and unites us in our humanity. POCAfest is a celebration of that.

OAP on the Radio!

We’ve been on KPFA a couple times!

Jeff from our Grand Ave. clinic and Tatyana from Sarana Community Acupuncture were on “About Health” talking about acupuncture in 2016

Oakland Acupuncture Project’s founders, Roselle and Whitney, were invited to appear on the radio program ‘The Herbal Highway.’ back in 2010 The show airs weekly on KPFA, Berkeley.

Whintey and Roselle talking about acupuncture in 2010

Welcome Katrina Hanson, LAc

I’ve been interested in herbal medicine for as long as I can remember, perhaps sparked by being raised by my botanist father and his deep love of plants. This passion led me to be curious about holistic medicine and so, seeking experience in the health field, I began work as an In-Home Caregiver for adults with developmental disabilities while obtaining my Bachelor’s in Public Health from The Evergreen State College. After graduation, I worked as a Community Health & Nutrition Educator in Ukiah, CA, where I was introduced to holistic healers of various kinds, and where I had my first acupuncture session – at Community Acupuncture Ukiah. I was intrigued, and this was enough to get me interested in starting AIMC Berkeley’s acupuncture program, where I could study not only the herbs I love but so many other healing modalities as well. Through the clinical program at AIMC Berkeley, I provided community style acupuncture through internships at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and San Francisco’s Homeless Prenatal Program. These internships and the program as a whole instilled in me a love of acupuncture, not just the herbs, and I can’t wait to share this love of acupuncture with all the amazing folks at OAP. I like to keep busy, so in my ‘spare’ time, you can find me guest lecturing at AIMC Berkeley, teaching students about supporting transgender health and creating an LGBTQ-friendly practice, as part of AIMC’s Masters curriculum.