Our model

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As a non-profit organization Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare (DBA Crossroads Acupuncture) works to make healthcare accessible and affordable in three ways.

1.  Low-Cost Services:  We provide services at the lowest cost possible for people seeking care, regardless of class, income level, sex, sexual orientation, religion, race or ethnicity.  las cruces el paso acupuncture Access to health care is a human right and it is our mission to work in every way to allow our community can access care when they need help. If you’d like to make an appointment at our community acupuncture clinic, click here.

2. Capacity Building:  We realize that techniques such as acupuncture are much more effectively administered and more accessible to low-income groups when front-line health providers have the capacity to provide protocol based treatments for the patients that they serve.  Therefore we train local providers in cost-effective techniques such as acudetox/ear acupuncture. Our trainees work within a variety of self-help, addictions, medical and behavioral health programs, primarily within impoverished areas targeting the indigent, the poor and underserved groups.  To date, we have trained over 86 providers who have offered more than 20,000 treatments since 2011.  Learn more about this project and how our Las Cruces clinic supports it.

3.  Consultation:  We also help underserved groups establish and sustain their own community-supported health projects.  Our consultation has offered support for churches, recovery programs, shelters for the homeless and mentally ill, IMG_0322orphanages, and for free medical clinics such as St. Luke’s Health Clinic at the Community of Hope in Las Cruces.   Consultation may include technical support, curriculum development, materials supply, evaluation, public policy research and  guidance for regulatory issues.  For support for your organization, email crossroadsacu@gmail.com.

The Las Cruces Bulletin recently did a story on our history and our non profit’s activities.  Read here…

More about our model

The Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare model draws from many different traditions and philosophies.  These include the NADA ear acupuncture (acudetox) model originating in the 1970′s, the barefoot doctor movement implemented by China and the World Health Organization  (WHO), the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement, and various types of health cooperatives including the Community Acupuncture (POCA) movement. Crossroads’ membership program (i.e. $75 a month or $800 annual rates) has been adapted in part from the CSA model.

From each of these models, we learn new, simple, humane, cost-effective and people-centered ways to provide client-centered care and empower underserved groups.  Our model focuses on techniques that can be accessible within mainstream health care as well as within local community centers, such as acudetox, community acupuncture, and moxa.

 

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