Timeline of the Movement

  • 1970

    Young Lords and Black Panthers take over Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx. They create Lincoln Detox and begin offering auricular acupuncture in a community setting. Lincoln Detox is dismantled in 1979.

  • 1974 - 1984

    South Bronx's Lincoln Recovery Center develops the basic five ear-points NADA protocol for the treatment of addiction.

  • 1985

    NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) is founded.

  • 1994 - 2001

    Lisa Rohleder and Skip Van Meter work in public health clinics using the NADA protocol.

  • 2000

    First future POCA clinic (Working Class Acupuncture) opened by Rohleder and Van Meter in Portland, Oregon. They call their treatment style and business model community acupuncture.

  • 2004

    The community acupuncture model is replicated when Boulder Community Acupuncture opens

  • 2005

    4 community acupuncture clinics are open.

    The Little Red Book of Working Class Acupuncture (Rohleder and Van Meter) is published

  • 2006

    11 community acupuncture clinics are open.

    The Remedy: Integrating Acupuncture into American Healthcare (Rohleder) is published.

    Acupuncture Today publishes Rohleder’s columns on social justice and affordable acupuncture.

    Community Acupuncture Network (a professional non-profit) formed.

    First Community Acupuncture 101 workshop held.

  • 2009

    115 community acupuncture clinics are open

    Acupuncture is Like Noodles (Rohleder et. al.) is published

  • 2011

    200 community acupuncture clinics are open

    POCA (People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture) incorporated in the state of Oregon

    Award-winning filmmaker Brian Lindstrom’s documentary Community Acupuncture: The calmest revolution ever staged released

  • 2012

    First POCAfest held

    Over 750,000 treatments performed in POCA Clinics in 2012

  • 2013

    Fractal: About Community Acupuncture (Rohleder) is published

    Over 900,000 treatments performed in POCA Clinics in 2013

  • 2014

    POCA Tech opens