Teaching community health workers how to apply safe, simple acupuncture techniques

Training acupuncturists how to work within the Barefoot Model

An Introduction to the Barefoot Model

Models of care

WE TEACH

COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE

Doing acupuncture in a group setting allows people to share the healing experience with others. Similar to how acupuncture is traditionally practiced in Asia, patients do not require patients to disrobe. Our advanced training program for community health workers teaches basic protocols that are used mostly in the legs, arms and head, a style known as distal acupuncture. We also make sure our clinics are either free, by donation only, or offered on a sliding scale.

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NADA EAR ACUPUNCTURE

The NADA model is a standardized auricular (ear) acupuncture protocol taught to community health workers. These types of Barefoot clinics provide a barrier-free approach to recovery and disaster relief services that can be offered in a group setting for people seeking assistance. Also known as acudetox, the model was developed in New York at Lincoln Hospital as an addiction therapy and has since been integrated into a variety of disaster relief settings.

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MOXA APPLICATIONS

Moxa (also known as moxibustion) involves heating the dried leaves of Artemisia*, commonly known as mugwort, and applying it to acupuncture points. Traditionally taught to patients and their family members in East Asia, moxa is cost-effective (25 cents per treatment) and easily applied within any community space. Our Japanese rice-cone moxa curriculum was inspired by the use of moxa to treat Tuberculosis by the Moxafrica project in Uganda and South Africa. Our students learn how to apply several basic, simple, and safe Moxa protocols to treat a variety of conditions.

SELF-EAR ACUPRESSURE

As part of our NADA ear acupuncture courses, we teach health providers, community health workers, parents, and teachers how to apply ear acupressure techniques for stress relief, focus and concentration, as well as food and drug cravings. These techniques are great for kids, and can also be used on both adults and children.

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VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON TRAINING

TRAININGS & COURSES

We offer in-person and virtual training for community health workers and acupuncture educators.  All courses can be used toward an apprenticeship in different certificate areas, some of which can be used towards local licensure as a provider.

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APPRENTICE PROGRAMS

Acupuncture Detox Specialist (ADS)

Learn how to apply this group-based NADA ear acupuncture (acudetox) for addictions, behavioral health, psychiatric care, trauma, and disaster relief.

Certified Barefoot Trainer Apprenticeship

Learn how to teach the Barefoot model within our programs.

Advanced track for eligible NADA ear acupuncture, community acupuncture, moxa providers and educators.

Barefoot Health Promoter

Community Acupuncture training program for community health workers.

Customized capacity building programs tailored to the needs of community health workers and front-line nurses and health specialists.

ACUPUNCTURE

WHAT WE TEACH

  • Safe, simple, and effective protocols 
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Customized capacity building for health promoters
  • Cost-effective and sustainable models for acupuncture care
  • Adjunctive addictions and mental health care
  • Support for pain and chronic illness
  • Disaster response mobilization

Community Workers in the Congo

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WHO WE TRAIN

  • Nurses, doctors, and health workers
  • Counselors, social workers
  • First responders and humanitarian aid teams
  • Acupuncturists and teachers

HOW WE TRAIN

  • Competency-based apprenticeship
  • Meeting students where they are at
  • Building sustainable programs
  • Local autonomy over care and planning
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