February 2nd and 4th marked a historical day for the acupuncture profession in California.
CSOMA President, Tiffany Tuftee and Board of Director Representative, Bruce Gustafson were in attendance to discuss unification of the profession. Assemblymember Evan Low and his colleagues helped organize the meeting to open the dialogue about why it is important to unite our profession in California. The takeaway message from our meeting:
To be heard on legislative initiatives that move our profession forward, we must have a clear and consistent message from the acupuncture profession as a whole.
Committee Updates – January 2018
Are you inspired about the acupuncture profession? Do you want to participate in CSOMA, but aren’t quite sure how to get involved? Have you considered joining a CSOMA Committee?
CSOMA’s committees meet weekly for around 30 minutes. CSOMA’s committees get A LOT done each week for our profession. CSOMA’s committees welcome inspired volunteers to collaborate on short and long term projects. Contact us to get involved!
Futures Committee Updates
Announced 2018 student scholarship essay contest (2 @ $250)
Sent outreach letter to western medical associations to help educate other practitioners about acupuncture medicine and build collaboration between medical professions
Guided board on revision of CSOMA’s mission statement
Reach out to all schools and student councils leaders to build broader student membership and work together to create more student benefits
Arrange speaking events at CA acupuncture schools to share and discuss current public policy, the need to join professional associations, national agendas being addressed by the ASA, etc.
Public Policy Action Committee Updates
NCCAOM Exam Position Statement
Created an Insurance Task Force to address many issues
Weekly tracking of legislative policy through CapitalTracks program
Attend ASA annual meeting on March 16-18 in Denver, CO
Create a fundraising campaign to hire lobbyist and legal representation for the profession
Advise national association (ASA) on national policy for NADA-only practitioners (social workers, etc.)
Continuing Education/Events Committee Updates
Online registration for attendees and vendors completed
Planning volunteer schedule… reaching out to students
Recording of event
Publications Committee Updates
Design and write patient education pamphlets to provide to membership
Support the publishing of CSOMA’s medical journal
Work with membership to find great blog posts for the website