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Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans Project                                                                       September 17, 2007
Dear ,

We had a well attended and inspiring conference call last week and wanted to share with you some of the useful ideas and thoughts that were explored.



First, we hope to accomodate everyone's schedule with our future calls and to that end we have planned the next conference call for:


Monday,  October 1, 2007

11:00 a.m. Pacific Time


Instructions for Joining the Call

 1.  Dial the conference call number: (641) 715-3300
 2.  You will be prompted to enter the Pass Code which is: 789816 followed by "#"
 3.  Follow any other prompts as they are self-explanatory
 4.  When prompted to announce yourself please tell us your name and where you are calling from.

 *  Press 6 to mute (like if your dog is barking), and 6 again to unmute.


Vets Project Informational Conference Call on September 12, 2007


General Topics of Discussion
  • Clinic startup inquiries, advice and updates
  • Organizations that can be approached, in addition to the VA
  • Age restrictions and parental permissions
  • Utilizing teams of volunteers for clinic operations
  • 5 needle protocol as an effective, simple, manageable treatment allowing for ease of clinic setup and operations
  • What materials are available from AWB for clinic startup and organizing Vets Day Events
  • Email and Yahoo groups for organizing teams and keeping in touch
  • Insurance - general liability should be covered by sites
  • ADS participation in treatment - will depend on state regulations
  • Promoting clinics:  Advertised as treating PTSD symptoms, sleeping problems, nightmares, flashbacks
  • Organizing a Vets Day Fundraising Event - Kit now available*

Individual Comments, Suggestions and Queries


Laura Wolf (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Gave outline of setup and operation of the Albuquerque Vets Clinic.
  • Noted that there are state to state differences with VA's, some even have acupuncturists on staff.  Important for volunteers to check in their state.

Stacey Hachenberg (Baltimore, MD)
  • Getting started - meeting 2 times per month with 8-10 other volunteers in Baltimore area, making lists of supplies and ways to do outreach.
  • Working on donations for supplies, looking for site.
  • Shooting to Launch a Clinic on Vets day.
  • Group has been using a Yahoo group and 2 email groups to keep connected and updated.  People are posting almost daily!
  • Have connections to VA and VFW within volunteer group.

John Convey (W. Hollywood, CA)
  • Working with council member at City Hall in West Hollywood who has offered a meeting room at City Hall as a clinic site.
  • Questions have come from locations about slip and fall insurance - does acupuncturist need to have it or does the site cover slip and fall with their general liability.
Diana stressed the need to be familiar with your state acupuncture regulations, regarding consent forms and other acupuncture documentation required for treatment (e.g. does your state require individual consent forms, or is a group form acceptable?).
  • Has been getting support with advertising and referrals within the community.
  • Has 2 other acupuncturists volunteering their time. 

Gregory Ross (Oakland, CA)
  • As a Vietnam Vet with a diagnosis of PTSD, feels there is a stigma with terms like PTSD and Depression.  Feels that is is better to avoid these words in advertising but instead use them in  1 on 1 discussions to clarify what you are treating.
  • Veterans for Peace, Vietnam Veterans against the war, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans against the war, are likely to be good outreach places.  Go for the Peace groups on a national level. 
  • Notes that there is a difference between VA Hospitals and VA Assistance Centers - latter might be more independent and receptive to our project .

Joanne Wu (Takoma Park, MD)
  • In the DC area, has  3-4 volunteers meeting.
  • Joanne's office will be their clinic site.

Diana Fried (Executive Dir., AWB, NM)
  • We've been getting feedback saying "YES, use the term PTSD" because it lets people know there is something out there to treat PTSD.
  • Acupuncturists should have their own malpractice insurance and check with their insurer to see what is required of them when treating in a setting other than your private clinic.
  • The site locations should have their own general liability (slip and fall) which covers accidents on the grounds.
  • Who are we treating?  - We are treating trauma and stress: insomnia, anxiety, lack of focus etc., including treating the broadest definition of "family."  Open it up as far and wide as possible. 
  • We recommend at least two practitioners on site for each clinic.
  • Is there an age restriction? - none yet - practitioners should use their best judgment about who and how to treat.  Ear seeds are great for treating kids without needles.
  • If needling 16 year old or younger - get parental signature on consent form.
  • AWB will focus press efforts in areas with clinics up and running by Veteran's day and will do a big PR push if many Vets day events are planned around the country. (be sure to let us know if you plan to do an event)


* Remember that Veteran's Day is November 11th and we recommend utilizing this day as an opportunity to get the word out there about your clinic and the Veterans Project by holding a Community Acupuncture Fundraising Event.  The Event Kit is now available for download! Email veterans@acuwithoutborders.org with the subject: "Vets Day Event Kit Wanted"  to get the link.


We look forward to talking with you in the future!
 

Sincerely,
 
Diana Fried
Acupuncturists Without Borders

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