Possible student observer from POCA Tech
POCA is responsible for providing the info and support to start and continue running this office ever since I opened. The co-op started a school in Portland a few years ago to train acupuncturists to serve their communities as community acupunks. I have recently been asked to allow a student observer to fill their observation hours here. With the protests in Portland, fires across the West, and risks associated with traveling during a pandemic, traveling to Portland for school and clinic has become difficult to put it mildly.
We're working out the details to see how this could work. I haven't made a decision yet. But I am leaning towards helping this student take their next step in the process of doing this kind of work. Paraphrasing the director of POCA Tech, "Our student interns have self-organized a free weekly clinic shift for protesters. So they are getting lots of practice treating the effects of tear gas, rubber bullet wounds, cracked ribs, etc. I did not foresee this as an area of specialization for POCA Tech interns, but as far as 2020 goes, it's a bright spot."
Why wouldn't I want to support that!?