QiWorks is one of over 200 community acupuncture clinics that belongs to a national cooperative, the People’s Organization for Community Acupuncture (POCA). Clinics such as QiWorks must follow certain guidelines in order to be members of POCA, such as treating patients in a community treatment room and offering affordable prices.
QiWorks is deeply committed to the community acupuncture model, for many reasons:
- The best way to let people know how well acupuncture can work is to make it affordable enough for people to try it
- Healing in a room with other people is better than being alone
- Acupuncture has been practiced in groups for thousands of years
To read more about POCA, please click here. You will find information about POCA’s efforts to start and sustain community acupuncture clinics around the country, including through mentorship, training, and its micro-loan program. POCA has also started its own affordable acupuncture school, called POCA Tech. POCA Tech is a nonprofit institution that started in 2014 and is training the next generation of community acupuncturists (a scarce resource for community clinics around the country). POCA Tech can definitely use the support of the public: to read more, and to donate to POCA Tech, click here.