SCU Dean and Students Discuss Acupuncture and Healthcare Issues With Congresswoman
On May 29th, 2019 the College of Eastern Medicine (CEM) dean and students at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) met with Congresswoman Judy Chu to discuss issues pertinent to acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) education and its role in providing quality healthcare for all Americans. With the rapid increase of health problems and the opioid crisis in our nation, it is imperative to have alternative options readily available to serve the people in need. TCM has demonstrated efficacy in a natural approach through centuries, especially in the prevention of ailments, which brings tremendous benefit to our society.
Today’s student leaders will become tomorrow’s professional leaders. SCU is committed to developing leaders to be thoughtful and compassionate individuals who influence their professions and the community they serve. The student leadership representatives from the Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (DACM) program embraced this opportunity to meet with a member of Congress to discuss the current affairs of the acupuncture profession and healthcare. These soon-to-become doctors are the future generation of acupuncture leaders. Their goal is to be able to work collaboratively with our legislature and together, to mutually support each other in transforming healthcare and healthcare education.
Congresswoman Chu has been a significant advocate in advancing the status of acupuncture and TCM in the United States. She is the sponsor of the “Acupuncture for Heroes and Seniors Act of 2017,” a bill that provides access to qualified acupuncturist services for military members and veterans.
The meeting provided SCU DACM students the opportunity to discuss an agenda that benefits all Americans.