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Category: Community News

April 6, 2022

News from the Board of Directors

Wishing President Emeritus Yasuo Tanaka & Chair of the Board Emeritus Dr. Shuji Goto well in their retirements!

AIMC Berkeley wishes President Emeritus Yasuo Tanaka well in his retirement & has begun the search for a new President for the College.

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February 9, 2022

Celebrate Black History in East Asian Medicine

While we celebrate Black Acupuncturists & local Black innovators, activists, creators, entrepreneurs, scholars, teachers, caregivers, and community members year round, we’re excited to share some opportunities for our community to celebrate Black History Month this year. You can use the links in this article to educate yourself about the radical Black history of Acupuncture, find Black Acupuncturists near you, and support local Black owned businesses.

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November 29, 2021

Acupuncture is Activism: Updated Zine by Maya Z.

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A look at the activist movement to bring healthcare & healing to the BIPOC community in the U.S.

Read this interactive zine to be more informed about discrimination & racism in healthcare. Learn how the Black Panther Party and other activists fought for public health initiatives in the 1960’s and 1970’s and what that has to do with the history of Acupuncture in the U.S.

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November 2, 2021

Intern Olympics & Community BBQ

This October we started a new AIMC Tradition: the Annual Community BBQ & Intern Olympics!

Students, Supervisors, Teachers, Administrators, Friends, Families & pups all gathered in mid-October for a fun day of BBQing and friendly competition.

A Day of Fun

One day in October of 2021, we founded a new AIMC Tradition: The Annual Community BBQ & Intern Olympics. Students, friends, family, and all of our staff & faculty members were invited to join us for a day of fun, food, and friendly competition in Tilden Regional Park.

The Intern Olympics

The Intern Olympics started with an opening Wuji posture ceremony, followed by balloon needling, blind herb taste testing, point location bingo, and a Jeopardy grand finale. Spirits and excitement were high as our competitors stood to win a consortium of herbal goodies, CBD products, some amazing Shen Nong t-shirts, fancy acupuncture …

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October 11, 2021

Shuumi Land Tax & Indigenous People’s Day

Proudly supporting rematriation efforts to honor Indigenous ancestors, modern visionaries, & the future generations.

Here at Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, we are proud supporters of the work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust. We have a lot of respect for the land we are on, which was once home to the Ohlone people.

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June 21, 2021

Campus COVID-19 Updates

Limited Library Re-Opening & Fall 2021 Policies Announced

Current Policies on Campus

Per CDHP guidance, as a healthcare facility, we will continue to require temperature checks and masking of vaccinated & unvaccinated patients and practitioners visiting our in-person clinic and inside our building generally. We don’t anticipate making any major changes to this policy before the start of the fall semester (see “Fall 2021 Policy” below).

Library Re-Opening
Message from the Library sent 6/21/2021

The AIMC Library is cautiously reopening on a limited basis. Le Jiang will be staffing the Library on Wednesday mornings from 9 AM to 12:30 PM starting June 23rd. We may add more hours in the weeks ahead, depending on staffing availability and demand.

There is a pass system to limit capacity for the time being and those passes are found outside …

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June 14, 2021

Updates on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives at AIMC

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." -Maya Angelou

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou

Strategic Plan & Goals

As an institution, we have come together to further incorporate Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI) efforts into our long-term vision and goals. AIMC Berkeley supports the following vision:

To serve as a center for the promotion of health and wellness and care of the community through education, outreach, and patient care with focus on diverse patient populations including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and low-income individuals
To serve as a center for international collaboration in the development of acupuncture and integrative medicine

The third goal of our strategic plan, designed to help us meet our Mission & Vision, is to “promote institutional & community diversity by serving all members of …

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April 26, 2021

Ear Seeds for Racial Health Justice

Student volunteers use ear seeds to provide care at the Sankofa Market in Sacramento

Disparities in Healthcare

Of the many things brought to light during the Covid pandemic, U.S. healthcare disparities are among the most disheartening. The virus has made visible the vast inequities that plague our healthcare system, as well as the many other contributing factors that manifest in poor health outcomes that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous, and Latino populations.

Racial and ethnic disparities in the healthcare setting gives rise to serious moral and ethical dilemmas – healthcare is simply not available equally to all segments of the population in the United States.

According to CDC data, Indigenous Americans have suffered the highest death rates from the pandemic with 1 out of every 390 people (total population) dying from Covid. One in 555 Black Americans have died, and 1 in 665 …

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March 17, 2021

President’s Statement: Anti-Racism & Violence Against Asians

AIMC Berkeley stands in solidarity with the Asian & Asian American community.

Art by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya.

AIMC, Berkeley’s President Yasuo Tanaka issued the following statement today (March 17th, 2021):

AIMC Berkeley stands in solidarity with the Asian & Asian American community and denounces the disturbing rise in race-based hate crimes towards members of this community. We are heartbroken by the violence perpetrated against Asian women in Atlanta yesterday, and condemn the xenophobic and racist behavior that has been increasing at an alarming rate. Many of our beloved teachers & supervisors are Asian elders; we are particularly disturbed the targeting of Asian elders in racist attacks across the country & particularly here in the Bay Area. We acknowledge that while we are seeing a relative increase in violence, prejudice and crimes against Asian people in …

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March 3, 2021

How to get your burning East Asian Medicine questions answered…

We love hosting virtual events & sharing wisdom from the field with you. What should we share next?

We’ve loved hosting virtual events & sharing the wisdom of East Asian & Integrative Medicine on our social media & on our blog.

What do you want to learn from us next?

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