Mission and Purpose

The mission of Backyard Healthcare Project (AKA Tucson Acupuncture Co-op) is to provide affordable, accessible, and easy-to-use healthcare options for everyone in our community through acupuncture and herbal medicine. Our purpose is to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families by providing substantial support for their health, including relief of pain; reduction in the frequency, duration, and intensity of distressing symptoms; and prevention of the onset of acute and chronic diseases.

We are a Community Acupuncture clinic, as defined by The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA), a national professional co-operative organization that promotes affordable, accessible acupuncture. This means that we abide by stringent POCA guidelines for maximizing public access to our services, and therefore qualify for inclusion in their national database of Community Acupuncture clinics.

Backyard Healthcare Project allows people of all incomes to access the powerful therapeutic, preventive, and palliative benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine. We benefit the public by providing extremely low-cost health care services for people from all walks of life, at all income levels. The average price for a single acupuncture treatment in the US is from $50-120. Our patients, however, pay between $15 and $35 for a single treatment.  Tucson Acupuncture Co-op has provided over 37,000 acupuncture treatments since opening in March of 2013.

INCLUSIVITY POLICY

Most inclusivity statements have a laundry list of all the things they won’t discriminate against: gender, religion, race, sexual orientation, disability, income level, nationality, etc. At Tucson Acupuncture Co-op, we won’t discriminate based on those things, either. More importantly, we want to make it clear that we not only welcome the people protected by such anti-discrimination statements, we will safeguard our space to make sure that it remains welcoming.

Any action or speech by patients or visitors that is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, ableist, body-shaming, or otherwise derogatory or hate-based will not be tolerated in our clinic. This includes clothing and tattoos: if you are wearing language or symbols that promote the disallowed categories above and disrupt the space, we will ask you to leave the clinic and only return when you can leave such symbols behind.

 

Board of Directors:

President:  Josh Whiteley, L.Ac.

Treasurer:  Ellen Vincent, L.Ac.

Secretary:  Edith Swiatek