Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization (doing business as Crossroads Acupuncture) whose mission is to make healthcare accessible and affordable to people of all income levels through the support of local communities. We do this through providing low-cost services, training health providers in cost-effective techniques, and helping underserved groups establish and sustain their own community supported health projects.
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. 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. Crossroads has provided over 13,000 treatments since we started.
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2. Capacity Building: We train local providers in cost-effective techniques such as acudetox/ear acupuncture and moxa. 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.
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 115 providers who have offered more than 25,000 treatments since 2011.
Our training program fulfills requirements for national and state NADA certification in Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on receiving this training.
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, orphanages, and for free medical clinics such as St. Luke’s Health Clinic at the Community of Hope in Las Cruces. Consultation we offer includes technical support, curriculum development, clinic supply distribution, evaluation, public policy research and guidance for regulatory issues.
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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 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.