Weekly Address from Mary Faria: Week 6

AOMA weekly updates (week of 8/ 17 /20)


1. AOMA’s desire to combat racism –

- Training for faculty and staff on implicit bias and inclusion will be launched at the next Faculty meeting. The launch will provide faculty and staff with information on what and why and finalize the schedule of workshops/training sessions.


2. Plans and issues related to COVID-19 crisis including clinic and campus re-openings

- No updates but a reminder that if anyone does not meet the screening criteria, they must quarantine for 14 days before returning to class or campus.


3. Key operational issues or updates

· We understand there have been some frustration on the part of students who had very slow or no response with Advisors. We apologize and are making every effort to correct this, thanks so much for your patience.

· We are in process of upgrading all of the computers in our classrooms and adding advanced cameras that should make a significant difference for distance learning in the Fall.

· We continue to establish important partnerships for the advancement of TCM and for research. Three new partnerships will be with The Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management (AACIPM), Integrative Medicine for the underserved (IM4US), both offer opportunities for collaborative research and Influential Point (not-for-profit doing acupuncture research in the heath disparities space.


4. Important announcements or answers to questions sent in by students, faculty or staff

· AOMA was highlighted when Dr. Sharad Kholi of People’s Community Clinic (PCC) was invited to present before a Congressional Hearing on the Opioid Crisis. The Pain Management Program that has been a collaborative project with AOMA was held out as a best practice that should be considered to be spread nationally.

· AOMA has been given a wonderful promotional opportunity with Austin Fit Magazine. At no cost AOMA has been given 12 months of article space in the magazine. A wonderful opportunity to educate the readers about integrative medicine, acupuncture and TCM! First article was in this month’s edition (August).

· Just a reminder that our food pantry is still available to anyone with food needs. Please just contact the South Herbal Dispensary to arrange a pick-up time.

Take care, stay safe and stay healthy (mind, body and spirit).

With Love and Peace,

Mary