"211 kilometers north of Guatemala City in the village of Coban, our Barefoot School is training a cooperative of Mayan community health workers how to offer NADA ear acupuncture (community acupuncture). One of our students, Ophelia, shared with us that her husband was ready to migrate to the US/Mexico Border. She begged and convinced him to not leave. Then she shared her vision with our group: to make her village a better place, so that her tribe does not have to leave their homes."
OUR GLOBAL NETWORK
We partner with humanitarian organizations in Goma, Eastern DRC to provide training to healthcare and social workers from 8 different agencies. In a country of immense beauty and natural resources, this region has seen decades of conflict and pandemic resulting in widespread human suffering. Since 2017 those trained now offer free treatments in the community who report relief for a wide variety of medical and psychological conditions.
The US/Mexico Borderlands
El Paso Shooting
In 2019, locally NADA-trained Acudetox providers set up mobile tents at the Wal-Mart site of the shooting, serving first responders, survivors, and the larger community as part of the #ElPasoStrong project.
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
In 2011, we were invited by groups in Cd Juarez, Mexico, to help respond to violence in the region. Today, our Barefoot Health Promoters serve marginalized neighborhoods in the former murder capital of the world. The first free-tuition community acupuncture school in the world was founded in 2015, through the Catholic Diocese of Cd. Juarez, Mexico.
Opiate Response in New Mexico
With our central office based out of Las Cruces, NM at Families and Youth Innovations, we partner with drug courts, jails, hospitals, harm reduction and addictions care in a region where opiate overdose rates are among the highest in the US. We offer alternatives to addictive pain meds, help people safely withdraw and support people towards drug-free pain management.
There are few acupuncturists in the southern part of NM and the borderlands, therefore our our umbrella non-profit organization, Crossroads Acupuncture, sets up community acupuncture clinics in the area's small towns and offer full body care on a sliding scale.
Borderland acudetox directory
SETTINGS WHERE WE TRAIN
Once staff and volunteers are fully-trained, these programs can offer acupuncture and acudetox ongoing care in a cost-effective model for the most underserved people. Accessibility is mostly limited by regulations in the locality and clinic that they work in, and our experienced team will assist with assessing if and how personnel can be trained.
ADDICTIONS AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE
12-step and Self Help
Veterans and military care
Psych med withdrawal
HUMANITARIAN AID AND DEVELOPMENT
Community development projects
Refugee and migrant care
Battlefield acu applications
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER PROGRAMS
Cancer and Sickle Cell Care
HIV/AIDS and Immune support
Pastoral and hospice care
Blood pressure and cardiac care
Jails and prisons
Drug and Tribal courts
Parole and probation programs
In collaboration with local groups in Nicaragua, we have launched a community acupuncture school for health promoters, offering training for 50 volunteers and campesinos operating in places where severe health disparities are prevalent as a result of poverty, climate change, and injustice.
Our goal is to help community health workers in establish and sustain health services for their own people in rural and urban areas of the country affected by trauma.
We partner with indigenous Mayan community health cooperatives and community health projects that offer acupuncture for stress management alongside COVID-19 vaccine distribution and testing. Health Promoters working in small villages offer the NADA ear acupuncture for their communities to support their struggle to create a better world in places where thousands of Q’eqchi’ tribal members are migrating north.
We will be returning to Guatemala in 2022 to work with other Q'eqchi' groups, for our Solidarity Acupuncture Immersion Program.
Our Global Partners
Saint Oscar Romero the Martyr Migrant Shelter, Mexico
, Catholic Diocese of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Vision en Accion, Mexico
Caritas, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Pastoral Obrera, Mexico
Catholic Diocese of Tarahumara, Mexico
Finca Micelio, Nicaragua
Hermanos por Salud, Nicaragua
Casa Migrante, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Casa Tabor, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
RISE (Reach, Intervene, Support and Engage), NM
Acoma Pueblo, NM
Aliviane Harm Reduction, NM
Center for Integrative Counseling, NM
Aliviane, El Paso, TX
Casa Hogar, El Paso, TX
Sisters of the Poor, Mexico
Casa Ben Linder, Nicaragua
Tierra y Vida, Nicaragua
Ciudad Juarez Mental Health Department
Pastoral Obrera, Mexico
Guatemalan Acupuncture and Medical Aid Project
Acupuncture for Community, Australia
Coban Women’s Indigenous Cooperative, Guatemala
Guatemalan Village Health
Families and Youth, Inc, Las Cruces, NM
Community of Hope, Las Cruces, NM
Amador Health Center, Las Cruces, NM
Indian Health Services, Mescalero Apache Reservation, NM
Women's Intercultural Center, Anthony, NM
Lincoln County Drug Courts, NM
Otero County Drug Court, NM
Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM
Casa de Salud, Albuquerque, NM
Gadsen School District/Desert Pride Academy, NM
Olive Tree and Sierra County Detention Center, NM