Stakeholder Meetings for Sunset Review
This past month The AAC held the first of its internal stakeholder meetings for our upcoming Sunset Review. Becky Burgess, LAc of Urban Herbs in Avon hosted a group of AAC members from the Vail Valley, Carbondale and Paonia. The AAC board was represented by President, Liz Spetnagel and the AAC lobbyist, Lara Lee Hullinghorst. Please keep an eye out for announcements of upcoming opportunites to attend a stakeholder meeting near you! We will also be hosting a meeting via ZOOM to accommodate who might not be able to make their local meeting.
Here is some great feedback from the Colorado Acupuncture Group on Facebook from fellow practitioners who attended the stakeholder meeting in Vail Valley.
“Today I attended the first stakeholder meeting for the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, which was held for the practitioners in Summit through Garfield counties.
I wanted to hop on here and encourage everyone to attend their respective stakeholder meetings. It was incredibly informative and productive.
I received a better understanding of the importance of the upcoming Sunset Review on our Practice Act. I feel strongly that our lobbyist, Lara Lee Hullinghorst, is more than qualified. She has a thorough understanding of the political process, a strong alliance to acupuncture, and is well-connected within our legislation to make sure we are doing a better job at protecting our profession over the next 10 years.
I was also given some tactical resources- like who I should be contacting in my area and the best way to raise awareness, issues, and garner support from local legislators.
Please join the AAC and show your support for the folks that are voluntarily working their butts off on our behalf!! And definitely show up to your stakeholder meeting- they are listening!”
“I was there as well, and want to second Becky's experience. It was informative, illuminating and ultimately empowering. Most of us are very busy, so taking a couple hours away from work or recharge time can be low on your priority list. Make the time and get to know what we can and cannot expect. Every single one of us that attended got more out of it than we expected!”
AAC Board Meetings
Speaking of meetings, please check our website for the dates, times, agendas and call-in information for upcoming AAC Board meetings.
June ended with Liz Spetnagel, DAOM; Mark VanOtterloo, DAOM; and Tuesday Wasserman, DACM. representing the AAC in Vermont at the Society for Acupuncture Research Conference. SAR (https://www.acupunctureresearch.org/) is an important organization for anyone interested in being aware of and participating in, the most current research around our profession. The topic of this conference, “Acupuncture Research, Health Care Policy, & Community Health...Closing the Loop”, provided extremely useful information as the AAC moves forward in our work with the Opioid and Other Addictive Substances Interim Committee this summer in Denver where we will be represented by Tuesday Wasserman, DACM.
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