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AOMAM August Newsletter

In This Issue

Scroll through our newsletter for information on:
  • Call To Action - List Acupuncture as Profession in Census
  • Rosemary Britt and the MN Secretary of State Health Committee
  • National Opportunity to Represent Our Profession with National Academy of Medicine
  • Full 2015 Legislative Report
  • Coffee hour with Congressman Emmer
  • Opioid and Pain Summit
  • Next KFAI Radio Topic: Opioid & Pain Management
  • New monthly membership options
  • Support GoFundMe campaign

Call To Action - List Acupuncture Profession in US Census Information

Have you stopped to wonder why acupuncture isn't listed as a profession in the US Census?

This year it was on the docket, but it didn't pass. We now have the opportunity to voice our opinions, but only until October 5th to send our comments and petitions.

This process is managed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Here is the recommendation:

17-0005 Sector 62 Health Care and Social Assistance — Acupuncturists

Docket Number 17-0005Sector 62 Health Care and Social Assistance — Acupuncturists

Docket 17-0005 requested a new industry for acupuncture practices.

The ECPC does not recommend creation of a new industry for acupuncture practices at this time, but the size and national certification status for this field may warrant possible industry consideration in the future. In addition, the ECPC encourages the author to request an occupational code through the revision process for the Standard Occupational Classification.

The notice can be accessed and reviewed at:

John B. Murphy Chair

Economic Classification Policy Committee

Office: (301) 763-5172


Let's Put Acupuncture in the Frontline of Policy!

HUGE thank you to Rosemary Britt for submitting her application to serve on the MN Secretary of State's Health Committees! We look forward to her updates and to how this process unfolds.

MN Sec of State’s Health Committee Openings


(Deadline for applications was June 28th)

National Opportunity To Represent Our Profession

Another key opportunity to participate in a larger dialogue with other healthcare providers on a national level and help give our profession a voice at the table. For those interested, please consider joining the National Academy of Medicine's Steering Committee on Health and Healthcare!

Special Announcement on Behalf of the National Academy of Medicine

Request for Input

With a new administration on the horizon, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is undertaking a new initiative, Vital Directions for Health and Health Care, to inform the next administration – and the nation – about the most pressing issues in the next phase of health reform. Vital Directions for Health and Health Care will mobilize the most incisive minds to envision and recommend the future of health care. The initiative will be guided by a steering committee (see below) comprised of respected leaders with a wide array of expertise related to health and health care.

The primary products of this initiative will be:

1) a branded series of NAM-published, individually-authored Perspectives that set forth the top priorities for action related to health reform

2) a synthesis document, authored by the steering committee, that draws on the Perspectives and illuminates the path forward.

Over the next 18 months, the steering committee will meet in person three times to determine the scope of the initiative, enlist experts to author Perspectives, review the Perspectives, and author the final synthesis document. Once the perspectives and synthesis are published, the NAM will convene one or more symposia focused on the topic areas, which will serve as a venue for the authors to discuss their views and for the public to engage in a dialogue on the next steps in health reform.

The first meeting of the steering will be held in fall 2015. During that meeting, the steering committee will determine the scope of the study and select specific topic areas for the individually-authored Perspectives. Potential topics may include financing and delivery reform, health in the digital age, workforce and training, and mental health.

If you have suggestions for potential topics to be considered by the steering committee, please send your input to by August 14th. Please see for updates and contact Morgan Kanarek ( with questions.

Full 2015 Legislative Report...Coming September

We have been working hard this year, along with our lobbyists, towards key legislative issues and will have a full report this September outlining the in's and out's of what transpired during the 2015 legislative session, along with how this will impact next years effort and focus.

Also of equal importance, is the call to fundraise for the 2016 legislative support. It will be critical to help move some of these initiatives along, but as with most things these days, it requires both time and money.

Our goal is to maximize our legislative impact as much as possible, and we will fundraise heavily this fall leading into early winter when the time begins again to budget for lobbyist/legal support.

We need your help! Your input! Your support!

Donate today online ( or on our GoFundMe site....every and any amount goes towards reaching our goals and is EXTREMELY appreciated (and needed).

Another way to help us fundraise is to become a member or renew your membership. As many of you know, our organization is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. ALL of the fees and money raised via fundraising and membership goes towards our strategic objectives and minimal operating costs.

Please do so online and spread the word to your colleagues!

Join Rep. Tom Emmer for Coffee with Congress in St. Cloud!

Tuesday, Aug. 18th, 9am

3001 Clearwater Road

Saint Cloud, MN

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits invites you to join us on Tuesday, August 18 at 9 a.m. for Coffee with Congress with U.S. Representative Tom Emmer, Minnesota’s new Representative of the 6th Congressional district.

Congressman Emmer was elected to represent central Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014, taking office January 6, 2015. He serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and it’s subcommittees on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and Monetary Policy and Trade.

An avid hockey player, lawyer, entrepreneur and father of seven, Emmer served as a member of his local city council and three terms in the Minnesota House before running for Governor in 2010 and being elected to U.S. House in 2014. In his first year as U.S. Representative, he is working on building relationships throughout the vast 6th district and in D.C., while focusing on issues including transportation and trade.

Bring your organization's thoughts and ideas related to your mission and community. We will hear Congressman Emmer’s remarks about what is happening in Washington and engage in a Q & A on the issues you care about.

This event is free, but we would appreciate your RSVP.

Save the Date: August 25 Summit: "Opioid. Pill. Problem."

Tuesday, Aug. 25th, 8:30am-5:30pm

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, United States

Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Moving Forward Together

Join stakeholders across our state and community to define Minnesota’s problem with prescription painkillers and determine how to best address it. You’ll hear from experts in the field as well as those directly and indirectly affected by prescription drug abuse. We will rally together to address the pain pill problem.

Keynote Speakers Include

Governor Mark Dayton | United States Attorney Andrew Luger Senator Amy Klobuchar | Congressman Tom Emmer
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek

Who Should Attend?

Physicians; dentists; nurses; pharmacists; public health officials; addiction treatment providers; acupuncturists; peer and recovery coaches; educators; law enforcement officers; attorneys; drug court representatives; corrections officials; medical students; state, tribal and local government staff; community leaders; and anyone else interested in this important topic.

Registration: Admission is free!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus Minneapolis, MN 55455

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KFAI Radio - Next Topic: Opioids & Pain Management

Our next KFAI topic will be on the opioid prescription and pain management.

Interested in joining the conversation? Or just want to call in and ask a few questions during the show? Please do!

Look for future Facebook event meetings to start a planning for the show and organize our thoughts. This is open to all, so don't hesitate to join if you are interested!

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.
Donate Here:

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.

Donate Here:

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

Acupunture Now Foundation - On Amazon Smile!

Just wanted to let people know that our love of Amazon online shopping could (also) go towards supporting the "Acupuncture Now Foundation".

Remember, if you want Amazon to donate to Acupuncture Now Foundation Inc, you need to start each shopping session at the URL, and we will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases.

Perhaps, AOMAM should look into this as well to help us reach our fundraising goals...