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AOMAM July Newsletter

In This Issue

Scroll through our newsletter for information on the Red Ribbon Ride volunteer opportunities, new monthly membership options, MN Secretary of State Health Committee openings, KFAI Radio call for topics, and support for our GoFundMe campaign.

Join Us This Year - Red Ribbon Ride

Red Ribbon Ride - AOMAM Acupuncture Treatment Tent - Volunteer Sign-Up

In a few short weeks the MN Red Ribbon Ride will begin and our AOMAM Acupuncture Treatment Tents will be at three of the four stopping points at Waconia, Mankato and the St. Paul Capitol.

There's stillroom for more volunteers!

We need MN licensed practitioners to treat, along with students and volunteers interested in greeting/intake. We also welcome those who want to network and talk to people about acupuncture!

Sign Up Here:

The event will be held at the following Red Ribbon Ride locations:

1. Mankato – Friday July 17th at Loyola High school

Shift 1 - 2:00 – 4:00pm

Shift 2 – 4:00 – 8:00pm

2. Waconia - Saturday July 18t at Waconia High School

Shift 1 – 2:00 – 4:00pm

Shift 2 – 4:00 – 8:00pm

3. St Paul – Sunday, July 19th at the Capitol

Shift 1 – 10:00 – 12:00pm

Shift 2 – 12:00 – 2:00pm

Please make sure you check the Minnesota Acupuncture Forum on Facebook group, that's where we share info & updates on the event. Please check in regularly!

About the Ride

Join us for the Annual Red Ribbon Ride in 2015. This is a four day, nearly 300 mile bike ride that will start with an Opening Ceremony at 6:30am at the Mall of America on Thursday, July 16th, and end with a closing ceremony at the beautiful State Capitol in St. Paul, July 19th at 1:30pm. The Ride will travel southwest to overnight stays in Belle Plaine, Mankato, and Waconia. Join hundreds of others on this 300-mile journey that benefits eight incredible Minnesota AIDS service organizations. They are African American AIDS Task Force, The Aliveness Project, Clare Housing, Hope House of St. Croix Valley, Minnesota AIDS Project, Park House, One Heartland and Rural AIDS Action Network. Learn more about our benefiting agencies.


The mission of Minnesota Fighting AIDS on Bikes (MN-FAB) is to educate the public about HIV and to raise funds and awareness to support Minnesota AIDS service organizations. To do this, we will organize and produce the Red Ribbon Ride - a safe ride for the participants and fiscally responsible for the benefiting agencies.

MN Sec of State’s Health Committee Openings - Let's Put Acupuncture in the Frontline of Policy!

Below is a notice from the Sec of State’s office regarding current vacancies on two health policy councils that should be of interest to our profession. More information is available on the SOS website. Please pass this on to anyone you think may be interested.

Application forms are available online and must be submitted by July 28, 2015, to assured of full consideration by the appointing authority. Appointing authorities may choose to review applications received by the Secretary of State after July 28.

See HOW TO APPLY at the end of the message.


Below is a list of agencies with vacancies. Please visit our website for complete descriptions.

Vacancies: Six seats including:
One Dental Therapist Representative
One Consumer who received services from one or more Minnesota Health Care Program (such as Medical Assistance/Medicaid, Prepaid Medical Assistance Program, or MinnesotaCare) or a family member/caretaker of a recipient of such services
One Licensed Physician who represents a health plan currently under contract to serve medical assistance recipients
One Licensed Physician actively engaged in the practice of medicine in Minnesota
One Non-Physician Health Care Professional licensed or registered in their profession and actively engaged in the practice of their profession in Minnesota
One Licensed Physician Specialist actively practicing their profession in Minnesota

Vacancies: Fourteen seats including:
Two Consumer Representatives who have been impacted by an opioid abuse disorder or opioid dependence disorder, either personally or with family members
One Licensed Physician actively practicing in Minnesota and registered as a practitioner with the DEA
One Licensed Pharmacist actively practicing in Minnesota and registered as a practitioner with the DEA
One Licensed Nurse Practitioner actively practicing in Minnesota and registered as a practitioner with the DEA
One Licensed Dentist actively practicing in Minnesota and registered as a practitioner with the DEA
Two Non-Physician Licensed Health Care Professionals actively practicing in Minnesota and whose practice includes treating pain
One Licensed or Registered Mental Health Professional actively practicing in Minnesota and whose practice includes treating patients with chemical dependency or substance abuse
One Medical Examiner for a Minnesota County
One Member of the Health Services Policy Committee (also known as the Health Services Advisory Council)
One Medical Director of a Health Plan Company doing business in Minnesota
One Pharmacy Director of a Health Plan Company doing business in Minnesota


Submit an Application
Complete the application form.

Applicants should include the following documents:
• Open Appointments Application Form (completed, signed and dated)
• Letter of Interest
• Resume or Biography

Applications may be submitted online, by email to, or by mail or in person to:

Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155-1299

The monthly Notice of Vacancies is posted on the first Monday of every month and is provided by email to those who subscribe for the notice.

In accordance with the Minnesota Open Appointments Law, the Secretary of State acts as an administrator in publishing vacancies, receiving applications and recording appointments. Applications will be reviewed and appointments made by the appointing authorities; questions about specific vacancies and appointments should be directed to the appointing authority. Applications are kept on file for a one-year period.

The 2014 Open Appointments Annual Report is available online and includes a complete listing of state boards and councils that follow the Open Appointments process, descriptions of these agencies and membership, and statistical information about appointments and vacancies during the 2014 fiscal year. A print version of the report is available at the Minnesota Bookstore, (651) 297-3000 or 1-800-657-3757.

KFAI Radio - Opportunities for Topics

We are seeking topics for our next KFAI Radio show!

This is a great advertising opportunity to get our professional name out there, plus its free, which in this day in age of advertising can be hard to come by.

Interested in talking about your practice, what you're seeking? Or provide an area of focus that you're passionate about, such as herbal medicine or outreach projects your clinic is involved in. There are many possibilities for us to work with!

Contact us at AOMAM for more information:

AOMAM Monthly Membership Options

We are pleased to announce another membership option to better serve our practitioners!

Our website will include a monthly membership option, in addition to the standard options. The monthly option is $13.00 per month and is a re-occuring subscription for one year.

GoFundMe - Help Us Fundraise!

Help us heal you. Acupuncture for all.
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Licensed acupuncturists in Minnesota are nationally board certified medical practitioners, licensed by the Board of Medical Practice.

  • Acupuncture is the insertion of any solid core needle into the body that is intended to elicit a therapeutic response.
  • No other professional is as highly trained in all strategies for using acupuncture than a Licensed Acupuncturist.
  • Acupuncture has been proven to effectively treat acute and chronic health conditions and diseases. It is less expensive and less invasive than many other standards of care.
  • Acupuncturists are one of the only medical professionals trained in true preventive care including nutrition and lifestyle practices.
  • The expertise of acupuncturists is highly recognized and they are being integrated by the top medical facilities in the country including serving our troops in our military hospitals.
  • The Joint Commission recognizes acupuncture as a more effective resource for pain management than drug therapy.

The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association of Minnesota (AOMAM) is a non-profit, professional organization of Licensed Acupuncturists who are dedicated to promoting the benefits of Acupuncture to all Minnesotans. We are educating our representatives and advocating for safe and affordable holistic healthcare via acupuncture.

HERE’S WHERE YOU COME IN! Your donation will help AOMAM do the following:

  • Educate the public on the distinct benefits that only acupuncturists are trained to provide
  • Ensure that patients are treated safely and effectively by Licensed Acupuncturists.
  • Ensure acupuncture is covered by insurance companies to make it affordable for all acute and chronic conditions.
  • Enable state representatives and professional colleagues to better understand that qualified integrative medical resources are available for better patient care today!

Make healthcare more accessible for you and your family! Make a donation today to help us reach our goal! Thank you.

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**Donations to this campaign are not eligible for tax deductions.