Dear Acupuncture Colleagues of Arizona,
You may be wondering who Acupuncturists United of Arizona is and why you’re receiving this newsletter. What you formerly knew as the new AZAMAA (Arizona Asian Medicine and Acupuncture Association) has a new name. Yes, this is the new association that was formed summer of 2017, in order to nurture community amongst all Acupuncturists in AZ and to further and protect our profession.
We hope you find the new name easier to remember and motivational in supporting Acupuncture as the medicine we practice and the livelihood we depend on. Above you’ll see a link to the new website and we invite you to visit, look around and consider membership if you haven’t already joined.
It’s been a few months since the first conference was held in Phoenix in September, which was a success thanks to all of the speakers and to everyone who attended. The AUAZ Board is meeting monthly now to plan new events and to work on important issues such as revising our scope of practice through the state legislature, healing relationships in the Acupuncture Profession city and statewide, developing an easy to use website for members and creating paths of communication in order share ideas and find support.
Currently, AUAZ is the only Acupuncture association in Arizona and it was started with the purpose of providing the representation of the Acupuncture profession at the state level. Many of us think that the AZ State Board of Examiners is an entity that exists to protect our profession but this is incorrect. The AZ Board of Examiners are positions appointed by the Governor’s office to protect the public from unlicensed and unethical Acupuncture Practitioners. They do not protect us, the Licensed Acupuncturist, from other professions, insurance companies or the public. They do not lobby for our profession or look for opportunities to promote Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine or provide for its future. The only way we have representation for ourselves is through us. The AUAZ Board is made up of L.Ac.’s who volunteer their time to serve the profession and all L.Ac.’s in AZ. Members of AUAZ are L.Ac.’s who recognize the importance of professional representation and protection and whose membership fees help the association help them. Membership is an action taken to protect the investment made in becoming a TCM practitioner. It’s an action taken to preserve, promote and protect our livelihood.
Without a professional association, especially at this time, we are an open-door to any other entity, professional or political, that sees the opportunity to declare our unprotected resources as their own, or desires to assert their dominion over us. Independence is critical to what it takes to practice TCM however, it’s not an asset for the survival of our profession in the long term. An intention of AUAZ is to move us all forward in unity, cooperation, forgiveness, professionalism, and prosperity. Unity building gatherings are happening between groups of L.Ac.’s in Flagstaff, Tucson, and Phoenix. Everyone is welcome and updates and events will be posted on Acu United Facebook Page and at https://acuunited.org. Let this newsletter be your invitation to join us.
Thanks for reading,
Stephanie Nelson L.Ac., Tucson
By the way, we are looking for someone to serve on the AUAZ board as the Southern AZ Representative.
And…for another reason to consider joining check out the video below. It’s an idea who’s time has come.
Thanks to Richelle Speilman L.Ac. Flagstaff AUAZ Northern Representative for sharing.