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Barefoot Acupuncture Movement (BAM) is a project under the umbrella of Crossroads Acupuncture and a hub for training community healers after disasters or civil unrest. BAM stems from the Barefoot Doctor movement that offered care for millions of people in rural and underserved areas in Asia.
“Our project offers Barefoot Clinics for trauma survivors and seeks to train local personnel how to set up clinics on their own as part of disaster response,” Bemis said. “We train frontline and community health workers in how to apply trauma-informed, culturally competent, and evidence-informed acupuncture techniques as a complement to behavioral health, first response trauma teams, primary care, and as a general support for wellness.”
“Our newest project will be at the Lincoln County Detention Center where we’ll be training their staff and IHS [Indian Health Service] workers on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, through a new grant, in July,” Says Bemis.