Advocacy for Holistic Health Care Communities

For 25 years, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) has opened the door for acupuncture in mainstream healthcare, disaster response, addictions and behavioral health settings. This panel discussion features some of NADA’s leading activists who will tell how NADA’s grassroots constituency does this. Ample time will be provided for questions about how acupuncturists can partner with allied health professionals and empower communities with the tools of Oriental medicine.

What the Spirit of NADA Means for Acupuncturists

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine – Clinic Building, Room B (2nd floor) 10541 SE Cherry Blossom Drive, Portland, OR 97216


Carol Taub has been a leading figure for NADA and throughout the U.S. acupuncture profession for more than 20 years. She has facilitated NADA public policy legislation in several states, and started one of the first NADA programs in inner-city Los Angeles. She currently serves as OCOM’s Dean of Academic and Student Affairs.

Sponsored by OCOM Professional Development Center

David Eisen is a co-founder of NADA and is a former president of the association. He helped launch Central City Concern, one of the nation’s largest integrative acupuncture-based healthcare programs, in Portland, Oregon. He currently is the Executive Director and practitioner at the cancer, HIV and dual diagnosis program, the Quest Center for Integrative Health.

Jay Renaud, with his wife Mary, published the first independent journalism on the subject of acupuncture for behavioral health and addiction beginning in the early 1990’s. This followed Jay’s career since 1975 as a clinician, administrator and advocate in the addictions field. He recently retired as manager of the NADA national office.

Mary Renaud has over 30 years of experience as a nurse in both clinical and administrative roles, utilizing NADA methods with children and families, and providing NADA training for other nurses in Washington. She also served as an editor / publisher of NADA Literature and Guidepoints: News from NADA. She recently retired as manager of the NADA national office.

Ryan Bemis has over 12 years of community health and outreach experience. He works as an addictions specialist at Central City Concern, and as a journalist, policy analyst and advocacy consultant for NADA. He currently is organizing NADA projects in Juarez, Mexico and along the U.S.-Mexican border.