September 9, 2005

AAOM Update on Hurricane Katrina Relief

Acupuncture Today has received the following e-mail from the American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM) regarding its efforts to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Katrina Disaster Relief

September 6, 2005

Greetings Colleagues:

In response to relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina, the AAOM has consolidated the relief activities where practitioners and patients can lend support.

We will update our membership as donations are received from our practitioner and patient community.

Actions and Information to Assist the Relief Efforts

Post Katrina Disaster Relief Announcement: We suggest all practitioners post a sign in their office for the next few weeks to accept donations for one, or all of the following:

AAOM (Payable to) - 100% of proceeds are donated
Check Memo: Katrina AWB (AWB is Acupuncture without Borders)

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 162340
Sacramento, CA 95816


American Red Cross - Katrina Relief Efforts - 100% of proceeds are donated

Mailing Address:
National Headquarters
2025 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006


The Salvation Army - Hurricane 2005 Relief Efforts - 100% of proceeds are donated

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 4857
Jackson, MS 39296-4857

Post Supporting Information: We suggest that you place this news alert and the accompany documents on a clipboard in your office, so that your patients might read about the combined efforts of the Acupuncture Community.

To learn more about the programs being offered, please read below.

Acupuncture Without Borders: A team of acupuncturists from around the country is setting up a program to work with people suffering from the devastating psychological (among other) effects of Hurricane Katrina. This group is devoted to using acupuncture and the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol for treating trauma from disasters and conflict. (Click here to read more -- PDF file.)

Donations: AAOM will collect and send 100% of the proceeds to these efforts. Checks can be mailed to the following address. In the memo column of your donation, please indicate Katrina AWB.

American Association of Oriental Medicine
PO Box 162340
Sacramento, CA 95816


Make a Katrina AWB Online Donation

Jobs for Katrina Victims: AAOM's Job Board is featuring, at no cost, a job board for Katrina victims.

Many of our members have been directly or indirectly affected by Hurricane Katrina. In an effort to help the victims of the Katrina Hurricane rebuild their lives, we are participating in This is a job board dedicated to serving the victims by helping them find new work opportunities. This service is 100% free to both job seekers and employers.

We are asking our members to spread the word about If you have a job opportunity available, please post it to the job board. Or if you know someone that has job openings, please encourage them to use the site.

We are also asking you to help us spread the word to the victims. If you know anyone that has lost their job or needs temporary work due to the hurricane, please make them aware of this service.

Local Disaster Relief: We do recommend you contact your local Disaster Relief Center in your State, or your City, to see evaluate the local efforts that can use your support. We have found that many communities are setting up Relief Centers for Victims and will be looking for any support you can provide.

Let us Offer a Chain of Peace: In closing, let us all create a Chain of Peace (PDF) in extending our love and our support to the victims of the Katrina Hurricane.


AAOM Board of Directors & Staff

William Morris, OMD, MSEd, LAc
Gene Bruno, OMD, LAc
Cynthia O'Donnell, AP
Atara Noiade, Msci, LAc, DOM, AP
Kelly Welch, MS, LAc
Roger Brooks, AP, LAc
Thomas Lee, LAc, PhD
Deborah Lincoln, Lc. Acp., RN, MSM
William Pettis, OMD, LAc
Anita Park, OMD, LAc
Martin Herbkersman, MTOM, Dip. OM, LAc
Rebekah Christensen, Executive Director
Brian Smither, IT Manager
Zenia Aguilera, Membership Coordinator


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