Standing Strong in Our Medicine
OAA Conference and Annual Meeting via Zoom!
9:30 - 10:30 am - Advocating for Traditional Chinese Medicine through our Lobbyists Lorne Bulling and Dan Cushing from PacWest
Meet our lobbyists, Lorne Bulling and Dan Cushing. They will present the OAA's 2021 legislative agenda: insurance reimbursement rates, dry needling, prior authorization, and balance of power issues between providers and insurers in contracting. They will also challenge attendees to get involved in this advocacy work all over the state while training them to do so!
10:45 - 11:45 am - Advocating for our Patients through Trauma Informed Care
Lydia Bartholow, DNP, PNMHNP, CARN-AP
Participants will get a highly accessible and easy to understand overview of the neurobiology of toxic stress and trauma, which allows a deeper understanding of how and why we might change systems, communication, policy, and practices to better support the people we wish to serve.
Lydia will discuss the prevalence of trauma in our communities and why it is imperative, now more than ever, to support people who have survived adversity by shifting our own work. We will attend specifically to how acupuncturists can shift to be more trauma aware, from paperwork and forms to space considerations and more! This workshop includes racialized trauma and an overview of cultural humility practices in the context of trauma informed care.
12:00 - 12:45 pm - OAA Annual Meeting
The OAA President, treasurer, and committee chairs will update you on how the association is doing in our mission. We will also have elections for 3 open positions and vote on a minor proposed change to our by-laws.
Michael Max, MSOM, LAC
This presentation is open to anyone outside of Oregon or our profession.
1:00 - 3:00 pm - Advocating for our best selves by facing our struggles with Money, Power and Authority
As the culmination of the day, Michael Max, of the Qiological Podcast and 22 year practitioner, will be presenting the keynote. Michael will reflect on what he calls "The Big Three" struggles for acupuncturists. "Working through the issues of money, power, and authority is the fertilizer for circumstances that foster a fierce, compassionate, and loving healer. These big three will ground you into a wellspring that allows you to be more trustworthy toward patients. You'll know your limits. You'll be able to yield from strength and create a sustainable practice that will nourish your patients, family, and yourself".
His presentation will challenge us to consider how these "big three" can trap some of us, but. can also be harnessed to help us become embodied, centered, and effective healers.