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Acupuncture in the Public Health Setting

By Beth Sommers, PhD, MPH, LAc and Kristen Porter, MS, MAc, LAc

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Elizabeth Sommers, PhD MPH LAc is current chair of the American Public Health Association's Section on Integrative, Complementary, and Traditional Health Practices. A public health advocate, Dr. Sommers is committed to ensuring that healthcare including wellness is a right not a privilege. She can be reached at .

Kristen Porter, PhD, MS, MAc, LAc is a social entreprenuer, gerontologist, and acupuncturist. She founded Zen Executive, LLC, to provide marketing support to holistic practitioners. Her gerontological research includes the study of CAM and aging, HIV/AIDS, and minority aging. Her two decades in integrated health included 16 years as a director at Pathways to Wellness, the creation of 15 hospital-based acupuncture programs, and NCCAM funded research on acupuncture, HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.

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