MetroWest Whole Health is part of a larger network of community acupuncture clinics. A truly visionary and invigorating social experiment! We’re a bonafided member of a cooperative called the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture… or POCA for short. POCA has more than 300 member clinics: clinics, individuals and acupuncturists from all over the world!
MetroWest Whole Health to many of us, feels like a one-of-a-kind thing. Well, it is definitely a special place. But it’s actually part of an international movement of acupuncturists and community acupuncture clinics who are committed to changing the way health care is created and sustained in our world. We’re very excited to introduce you to POCA. POCA is a multi-stakeholder cooperative. It’s mission is to ensure acupuncture is available to regular folks with ordinary incomes. We’re working to open and grow clinics throughout the country.
And you can join too, if you choose!
“What else is in it for patients, besides bringing Community Acupuncture clinics to new communities?” Free stuff!!!
- Each patient receives 3 FREE treatment cards to give to their friends or family, to be redeemed at POCA-member-clinics!
- New patient paperwork fees are waived (FREE) for POCA-members at all POCA-member clinics.
- Every POCA-member receives FREE acupuncture on his or her birthday!!!
- Patient members will receive the FREE POCA newsletter Sticking Together, which will soon have more articles written for patients.
- POCA patients will have the opportunity to vote in POCA elections.
- Patients can offer hands-on support for the organization POCA and/or their local POCA clinic.
More POCA Information:
Patient and Community Memberships range from $25 to $100 annually
Call (971) 400-8739
Or just tell us and we’ll get you an application
The purpose of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture is to create a stable and sustainable economic foundation for the delivery of affordable acupuncture, and to establish and maintain structures to that end.
POCA is a Cooperative owned by patients, acupuncturists, students, community acupuncture clinics, and their supporters, that organized collective investments of time energy, participation and money, to further its vision.
POCA serves a variety of member interests, including access to affordable, quality acupuncture and the creation of living-wage jobs in the acupuncture profession.
POCA contributes to vital, healthy communities by providing hands-on member support for the success of Community Acupuncture clinics from schooling to start-up to success.
By joining the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA), you show your support for this groundbreaking organization, and will be an integral part of this exciting new step in creating accessible and affordable healthcare together.
Membership Types: Details, Benefits & Fees
Patient/Community Member: $25 – $100
One free treatment the week of your birthday, 3 referral cards good for a free treatment at any POCA clinic, waived new patient fees at any POCA clinic, the ability to contribute directly to POCA clinics by volunteering for one of POCA’s many committees and projects, and by providing hands-on support to your own local community acupuncture clinic.
Acupuncturist/Student Members: $45 – $90
Access to the famously comprehensive online forums for community acupuncturists and the new CAN 101 wiki; a free CAN membership, 1 free treatment the week of your birthday, 3 referral cards good for a free treatment at any POCA clinic, waived new patient fees at any POCA clinic, the ability to contribute directly to POCA clinics by volunteering for one of POCA’s many committees and projects, and by providing hands-on support to your own local community acupuncture clinic.
Clinic Members: $50 – up to 1% of clinic’s annual gross income
A listing on POCA’s Locate A Clinic page. The ability to receive the time, talents resources and energy that Patient/Community Members and Acupuncture/Student Members choose to invest in Clinic Members. Access to a national hiring network for community acupuncturists. Materials and support to help Clinic Members create jobs and be good employers. Access to programs that POCA will develop, such as microloans for Clinic start-up or expansion; bulk purchasing; collective marketing; and transition support.
Organizational Members: $100 – $1000
Organizational Members receive the opportunity to advertise in POCA’s monthly newsletter, “Sticking Together”, and to market their goods or services to POCA members.
Contact Information for POCA
3526 NE 57th Ave., Portland, OR 97213