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Acupuncture Today
September, 2007, Vol. 08, Issue 09
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News in Brief

By Editorial Staff

TCM World Foundation Extends Student Sponsorship Application Deadline for Conference

The Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation has announced that it is extending the application deadline for sponsorships for up to 10 additional full-time acupuncture students to attend its sixth annual "Building Bridges of Integration for TCM" conference, held Oct.

19-21, 2007.

Interested full-time acupuncture students can download a sponsorship application at Entries must be received no later than Sept. 15, 2007. Sponsorships cover registration for the conference from Oct. 19-21. Travel and lodging stipends may also be awarded, based on the discretion of the TCM World Foundation.

For more general information about the conference, please visit:

Acupuncture Helping the Homeless

An innovative acupuncture program run by University of California, Berkeley undergraduates to serve the local homeless youth population is one of 13 recipients of $207,500 in grants from the university's Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund.

The Youth Acupuncture Wellness Program, which received a $15,000 grant, serves the homeless youth who live on the streets surrounding the university. In addition to providing acupuncture services, the clinic provides education services on mental illness and addiction, serves meals and can even give medical referrals when necessary. All services are free of charge. Acupuncture services are provided by Hope McDonald, a local acupuncturist who previously ran a clinic for the homeless in San Francisco.

The Youth Clinic is part of a larger student organization called The Suitcase Clinic, which provides medical, legal and other social services for homeless and low-income people in the Berkeley area.

Alan Steinbach, MD, clinical professor of public health and faculty advisor for the clinic, noted, "These are basically healthy people, not set in their ways, not mentally incompetent. They are a group in transition and are very open to influence."


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