About Backyard Healthcare Project

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 50,000 acupuncture treatments since opening in March of 2013.

Inclusivity Policy

We provide services to all individuals, regardless of gender, sex, race, color, income, national origin, age, ability or disability, marital status, familial situation, religion, size and shape, sexual orientation, veteran status, or political beliefs. Our patients’ access to and level of care are never based on any of these factors. We actively promote our services to patient populations who have unmet healthcare needs.

Board of Directors

Erin Schmitt, L.Ac.

Ellen Vincent, L.Ac.

Peggy Boyter