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Moving The Profession Forward

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

 Moving The Profession Forward

Colleagues and Friends:


I would like to thank all of you who have supported the AAAOM over the years as you continue to show your support by joining or renewing your membership and contributing your time and money. Our AAAOM board and staff are ready to launch our professional association into the next phase of our evolution as a community.

During the past several years, we have been building the association as we carefully study our past and current legislative, regulatory, occupational, and organizational factors. Through this extensive environmental scan and our previously completed strategic initiatives, the AAAOM presents its 2013-2016 strategic plan. This unique plan is designed to serve as the first of several milestones on our roadmap to substantially grow the profession’s opportunities to achieve widespread patient access to acupuncture, uphold a national professional standard, and significantly increase success in clinical practice.

Our strategic plan details three core goals in alignment with our mission statement: 1) Advance the profession, 2) Advocate for the profession, and 3) Grow our AAAOM membership. Each of these goals contains priority projects and key performance indicators that will ensure their success, many of which were based on the excellent feedback we received from the community in our last survey.

Projects to advance our profession relate to the development of a core competency model that will propose a consolidation of our many academic degrees while optimizing and detailing the competencies for each degree. We hope to receive extensive review of this model from subject matter experts, current practitioners, and students so we can build a consensus-based national standard. This will allow us to update our model bill and model regulations so that the AAAOM and our state association partners can unite and move forward together.

The advocacy goal encompasses projects related to the creation of robust and passable licensure bills in the six remaining unlicensed states, the pursuit of federal acupuncture coverage for Tricare and other federal programs, and the education of third-party payers about the qualifications needed to practice acupuncture as well as the advantages and cost-effectiveness of directing more patients to acupuncture.

Finally, our strategic goal to build AAAOM membership is designed to include a range of activities related to building our brand, modernizing our membership structure and creating barrier-free membership categories for students and advocates, enhancing our website and registration process, significantly enhancing our customer service policies and technologies, and continuing to invite feedback from our workforce surveys so that all practitioners can voice their support and concerns.

The aforementioned strategic plan along with a public comment form will be sent out under separate cover in several weeks.

Again, I am grateful for all the support you have shown us. I look forward to updating you on our progress regularly in the coming months.


Michael Jabbour, MS, LAc

President, AAAOM Board of Directors

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