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AWB 2020 Updates

The latest news, events & projects related to the Covid-19 pandemic, protests and natural disasters

New Covid-19 Safety Manual Available

AWB has created a supplement to our standard clinic manual to support practitioners with extra safety guidance during Covid-19.  Feel free to download and use as needed.

How to Run a Safe AWB Community Acupuncture Healing Circle (aka Mobile Field Clinic) During CoVid-19

OCTOBER 2020 UPDATES

Puerto Rico Clinics

In partnership with the Fundacion Comunitaria of Puerto Rico, AWB is offering weekly trauma healing clinics in Puerto Rico to support people still reeling from Hurricane Maria and recent earthquakes in the southwest part of the island.

See our Facebook Event Page for the most up to date information on clinics. 

Partnership with Botanical Bus

We are now partnering with the Botanical Bus, an amazing mobile indigenous herb clinic, to bring mobile clinics to CA farmworkers during the fire and grape-picking season. The Botanical Bus is a bilingual mobile herb clinic that empowers holistic health through culturally relevant, community-driven programs. Our first clinics will be helop October 10th in Sonoma, CA and October 17th in Santa Rosa, CA. 

See our Facebook Event page for the most up to date information on clinics. 

Mobile Trauma Relief Clinics

AWB volunteers have established mobile clinics in Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, Ashland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and other cities affected by violence, protests, and West Coast wildfires. AWB volunteers have been awesome, offering acupuncture and ear seed treatments to fire fighters, evacuees, social justice activists, and people without homes. These clinics are being set up for long-term trauma healing work.

See our Facebook Event page for the most up to date information on clinics. 

Disaster Relief Kits

We have created Disaster Relief Kits that provide practitioners with enough supplies and PPE to start a mobile clinic that will treat 200 people.

Thank you to everyone that has donated! So far, we’ve raised $3,000! We are aiming for $10,000. You can help by donating below. 

Covid-Era Training Resources

We are creating new on-line training resources for acupuncturists and health professionals to work in their communities, with a special focus on how to do safe community acupuncture in the CoVid era. This clip is taken from a new full-length training video we are producing.

Greece, Haiti, Mexico Projects

We continue to work with our community partners in Haiti, Greece, and Mexico to bring acupuncture treatments and herbal medicine to refugees, asylum seekers, and disenfranchised communities. This video is from a clinic at a farmer’s market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

SEPTEMBER 2020 UPDATES

Wildfire Clinics

Wildfires are raging in much of the Western US and AWB volunteers are responding with pop up clinics to support evacuees and first responders. If you have taken our Healing Community Trauma training (live or online) and would like to start a relief clinic in your area, OR if you would like to inquire about joining a relief effort in progress, please contact Catherine Herbin at coordinator@acuwithoutborders.org

If you are a practitioner in California and think you may be interested in volunteering at some point, please register as a volunteer with Integrative Healers Action Network (IHAN) as soon as possible. We partner with this group for clinics throughout the state and practitioners need to be registered to work on IHAN sites. It only takes a minute and will ensure we can respond quickly to these rapidly developing fires. 

 

JULY 2020 UPDATES

AWB Stress and Trauma Healing Clinics

The need for stress and trauma reduction in our communities has never been greater. CoVid, economic devastation, and entrenched racial/social injustice has deepened the need.

As some shelter-in-place rules have relaxed, AWB has started organizing/supporting in-person community acupuncture clinics. AWB has developed new guidelines for how to do safe group clinics during CoVid (see below).

AWB affiliated clinics have been held, or will soon be held, in:

  • Minneapolis
  • Los Angeles
  • Seattle
  • Berkeley
  • Sacramento
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • Navajo Nation
  • Southwestern Puerto Rico

We hope to expand clinic organizing to New York City, Philadelphia and Miami in the near future.

If you are interested in starting a clinic and have undergone AWB training, great! If you haven’t, or you want a refresher, take our ONLINE FIELD TRAINING COURSE. If you’d like guidance on how to set up a mobile clinic or long-term trauma healing project in your community email Carla Cassler at director@acuwithoutborders.org.

AWB International Projects

MEXICO

AWB continues to support ongoing projects globally. The AWB Border Project assists the Parteras midwives in Tijuana, Mexico, sponsored by the Refugee Health Alliance. AWB did four service trips to work with the midwives in Tijuana, before CoVid prevented us from doing in-person field service.

Currently, the midwives provide obstetrical care to over 80 pregnant people, as well as primary care to hundreds of asylum seekers residing in Tijuana shelters. In February, AWB volunteers trained 10 of the Parteras midwives/students to do Nada ear acupuncture treatments. Though AWB can’t resume field trips to work with the midwives yet, we are able to support their life-saving work with fundraising, herbal medicine supplies, and tele-training.

Here’s a recent message from Ximena Rojas, lead midwife at Parteras (pictured at right):

“Acupuncture is going on every day. Today I treated our clinic volunteers and we are thriving. Our 347 active patients are coming for herbs, acupuncture, prenatal care, and to have a relationship with someone in Tijuana. It is beautiful, what we are creating and the birth center is up and running too. Thank you-AWB is amazing and the Chinese herbs are so helpful for the birthing moms and the people in shelters with CoVid fevers. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

 

GREECE

AWB-trained acupuncturist Gaia Ivri (right) has set up an AWB-sponsored clinic for refugees on the island of Chios in Greece. Gaia is part of AWB-Israel, and received her training as part of AWB’s Medicine of Peace project in Israel-West Bank.

The island, close to Turkey, shelters over 7,000 refugees from the Middle East and Africa. While conditions in the camp are dire, there are no cases of CoVid on the island, including in the camp, due to strict lock-down measures taken by the Greek government this spring.

Meanwhile in Athens, AWB is helping local acupuncturists incorporate as AWB-Greece. Once this happens, trauma-healing projects like the one in Chios, as well as treatments offered at refugee community centers in Athens, can gain funding and support from EU foundations. AWB is mentoring this effort and supplying projects with funds and supplies.

AWB – Los Angeles is Offering Free Herbal Consults
AWB C.A.R.E.S. is offering free support services to health workers, first responders, and essential workers in Southern California with herbal medicine and stress reduction tools. They are offering:

  • Telehealth herb consultations free of charge
  • Most herbs prescribed by your practitioner will be free of charge or discounted
  • How to reset your system under stress
  • Self-help techniques at home and in the field

Visit the AWB C.A.R.E.S. Website for more info and to make an appointment. 

 

AWB Offering Ear Seeds Kits to Frontline Workers

AWB is supporting front line/essential workers and highly vulnerable communities with non-needling stress reduction tools. We have made a short instructional video on how to apply ear seeds to yourself or to another person. We have also created Ear Seed Kits with supplies and instructions.
  • Kits are FREE for frontline/essential workers and can be ordered by writing to director@acuwithoutborders.org.
  • If you are not a frontline/essential worker, you can order Ear Seed Kits HERE.

AWB Increasing Online Training Options During Pandemic

CoVid prevented AWB from doing live in-person trainings for practitioners this spring, so we have converted our basic field training to a new online course called Healing Community Trauma in Times of Crisis. This 30-hour CEU class prepares acupuncturists and other health professionals to provide trauma recovery treatments in disaster and conflict zones.

AWB offers the training tuition-free to BIPOC practitioners – leaders who are providing healing services in communities across the US.

We also just released an online version of Module 2 of Repairing the Shattered Heart, AWB’s trauma-informed care certificate program. Module 2 offers a clinical tool kit for trauma-informed care including:

  • Ear, scalp, and body acupuncture protocols for trauma
  • Herbal medicine and essential oil therapy for trauma
  • Exercises for trauma recovery
  • Trauma-informed therapeutic touch

This summer, AWB is offering a series of live webinars on current topics of interest to acupuncturists and other health practitioners, including:

 

Cultivating Resilience and Strong Immunity

To help our communities deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, AWB released a series of newsletters containing numerous resources to support practitioners and patients.

You can read all the issues here

 

Reflections on AWB’s Work from Our Partners and Colleagues

 

RAMON SERRANO, LAC

AWB just received a grant from the Fondo Fundacion Serrales to provide trauma healing clinics in Southwestern Puerto Rico in the coming year. This part of the island has suffered devastation from Hurricane Maria, numerous earthquakes, and now, CoVid, just in the past two years. Ramon Serrano, coordinator of AWB service projects in Puerto Rico, offers some thoughts on the needs and impact of our work.
 

GUY PAGE, FOUNDER OF INN SPOT COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE

In 2017, Guy Page, an Air Force veteran from San Diego, attended an AWB training where he discovered community acupuncture. This experience compelled him to quit his job and finance a community acupuncture clinic, The Inn Spot, in which he is now healing his veteran population with free services. The Inn Spot is part of the Military Stress Recovery Project clinic network sponsored by AWB.

 

DR. ROBERT WOODBINE, ND

In May, AWB was invited to speak at the NCCAOM-ASA Town Hall , an online forum created in the wake of CoVid to support acupuncturists in the US. We presented on the topic of CoVid and Mental Health, with a shout-out to practitioners to join and create AWB projects to address trauma in their communities. The response was huge (3,000 people attended), and some of our recently organized trauma clinics came directly from the Town Hall.

As part of the presentation, Dr. Robert Woodbine, an acupuncturist/naturopath from New York and a former AWB board member, spoke about CoVid, trauma, racial justice, and how our profession can contribute to community healing.