July 16, 2019 — Thanks to the generous support of Anne Naito-Campbell, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) was among nine local nonprofits to receive gifts from the Naito family in May. The gift, valued at $50,000, benefits both the students and patients who now utilize the college’s Old Town clinic and classrooms. To celebrate, OCOM invites the public on the evening of August 7 from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM to an on-campus dedication ceremony to honor of the Naito family.
The relationship between the Naito family and OCOM begins with the building that once housed the family’s Import Plaza and now is home to the college’s campus and teaching clinic. Originally developed in 1911, the property was known as the Globe Hotel and had 500 open air cots, barely separated from each other and covered by chicken wire, where it only cost 50 cents a night to get a “room.” At that time, Portland’s Old Town was home to Japanese, Chinese, and other immigrant communities. Evidence of these historical roots were uncovered during the 2012 redevelopment of the site, when crews dug up several artifacts, including a Japanese herbal medicine bottle from the late 1800’s.
In the 1960’s, when the Naitos bought the then-vacant Globe building, the intent to start a retail import shop in the middle of what was then known as Skid Row. The flagship store carried a mixture of eye-catching and kitschy products from across Asia including lamps, wicker and wood furniture, porcelain figurines, glass bowls and vases, folding screens, and a wide variety of Buddha sculptures. Despite predictions to the contrary, Import Plaza was an instant success, and it demonstrated the Naito family’s commitment to developing the beauty and resilience of Old Town. It also generated the cash flow and spawned a retail chain that allowed the Naito family to acquire extensive real estate holdings.
At its peak, Import Plaza consisted of eight stores across Oregon. Closing in 2000 due to changes in retail trends, the flagship location lay dormant, waiting to become a part of a new vision for the Old Town neighborhood. OCOM selected the location as the perfect home for its new campus. In collaboration with the Naito’s, the redevelopment project was funded through a combination of tax credits, PDC funds; and conventional financing, and the campus has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The $15.2 million dollar rehab of the building took one year, included gutting all four existing floors for seismic retrofit purposes, and earned the structure LEED Gold certification. The project team included Beam Development, Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects, and LCG Pence Construction, LLC. On the roof is the old Import Plaza sign, restored and now emblazoned with the letters, OCOM. Culminating with the ribbon cutting in 2012, Anne Naito-Campbell and the Naito family have supported OCOM’s role in revitalizing the Old Town neighborhood. The relocation nearly doubled the college’s square footage, allowing OCOM to educate students and offer acupuncture, herbal, and wellness services to the public.
Founded in 1983, OCOM is a single-purpose professional graduate school that offers first professional and postgraduate degree programs in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. OCOM’s mission is to transform health care by educating highly skilled and compassionate practitioners, providing exemplary patient care, and engaging in innovative research within a community of service and healing. Our 1,500 graduates practice, teach, and research Chinese medicine in 50 states and across the globe, and have provided an estimated 10 million treatments over the past 36 years. Additional information about the college is available on our website, ocom.edu
May 1, 2019 — OCOM Library, the library of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) has been awarded a $39,610 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the State Library of Oregon. This grant will support the project, Kam Wah Chung: A Historical Archive of Chinese Medicine in Rural Oregon, which is a collaboration between OCOM and the Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site in John Day, Oregon. From July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, this grant will support the creation of an online digital archive that includes images and translations of various Chinese medical artifacts stored at the Kam Wah Chung site, a designated National Landmark.
This project will seek to help document the fascinating history of Chinese medicine in rural Oregon. In the late 1800s, two Chinese immigrants, Ing “Doc” Hay and Lung On, purchased the Kam Wah Chung building in the rural mining community of John Day, Oregon, where the two operated a Chinese apothecary and a general store until Hay’s death in 1952. The museum is well known for its treasure trove of artifacts detailing the Chinese immigrant experience in the American West. This project will focus on Chinese medical objects and other items that have been cataloged and translated by OCOM students and faculty; the resulting digital archive will be available to the public, and will be of interest to those concerned with Oregon history, the Chinese immigrant experience in the American West, or traditional Chinese medicine and herbal practice.
This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon.
The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Sherri L. Green, PhD as OCOM’s fifth President and Chief Executive Officer. She succeeds Interim President Bill McCrae in the position. In reflecting on her new role, Dr. Green feels “inspired by the community service orientation, national engagement, and leadership that exemplifies OCOM.”
Search Committee and Board Chair Karen Williams expressed gratitude for the comprehensive national search process: “An exhaustive effort brought so many qualified candidates into the applicant pool. Throughout the hiring process, Dr. Green demonstrated vision for the medicine, our mission, and the learning community that is OCOM. These qualities were evident to all who met her, and she is exceptionally qualified and enthusiastic to lead the institution in its next phase of growth.”
Prior to assuming her role as OCOM’s President, Dr. Green cultivated an impressive and diverse career that encompassed positions in nonprofit management, academic leadership, and research within the North Carolina university system. She is also trained in Chinese medicine with a lifelong focus on internal arts that culminated in a diploma in acupuncture from the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, where she became the college President in 2017.
Dr. Green also earned a PhD in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in one of the top ranked schools of public health — the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, South Carolina. Her diverse skill set is further demonstrated by her clinical license in social work and her graduate certificate in executive coaching.
Dr. Green has served as a mentor, teacher, health care provider, administrator, and as a principal investigator on numerous research and program grants, primarily focused on substance use disorders, trauma, and maternal and child health topics. For the past three and a half years, in addition to leading the Jung Tao School, she managed a large grant portfolio and led work in North Carolina with state and national partners to support primary care providers seeking to overcome barriers and address the opioid crisis with evidence-based strategies. Her diverse interests in health and medicine include bringing acupuncturists, behavioral, and allopathic health care providers together with state and national public health policy makers to develop innovative evidence-based programs.
On the opportunity to lead OCOM during the college’s next phase, Dr. Green believes “we are at an exciting and critical juncture for the field of Chinese and East Asian medicine. It is time to take our place at the national table for both clinical and research discussions involving acupuncture and integrative health. I envision a time when licensed acupuncturists work in community health centers and hospitals as a matter of course, truly bringing life-changing integrative health care to the masses. I think the timing isright for our profession nationally, and I believe OCOM, as a leading institution for our field, and working in coordination with others, can make a real difference integrating acupuncture into the fabric of our
nation’s health care systems.”
The unique combination of vision and experience are what swayed Board search committee member Cathy Chinn. “During the interview, she talked about her current research work and offered perspectives on OCOM’s potential in the future as a leader for our field. I knew then she is the best leader to take OCOM into the future.”
During a transitional period, Dr. Green will be serving in a dual role as President of both the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine and OCOM. This opportunity for smooth transition as well as innovative collaboration may lead to future partnerships between the institutions — in research, faculty development, and academic programs.
♦ On May 21, community members are invited to join the Board of Trustees and new President, Sherri L. Green, PhD, for an open house and Presidential tea. The gathering will be held in the OCOM campus’ KPC Community Room from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM*. Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 75 NW Couch Street, Portland, Oregon 97209
[*The time for this event has been updated.]
Founded in 1983, OCOM is a single-purpose professional graduate school that offers first professional and postgraduate degree programs in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. OCOM’s mission is to transform health care by educating highly skilled and compassionate practitioners, providing exemplary patient care, and engaging in innovative research within a community of service and healing. Our 1,500 graduates practice, teach and research Chinese medicine in 50 states and across the globe, and have provided an estimated 10 million treatments over the past 36 years. OCOM’s campus and primary teaching clinic inhabit a LEED Gold certified facility in historic Old Town Chinatown. Additional information about the college is available on our website: ocom.edu
OCOM is pleased to announce we are enrolling for new academic programs starting in Fall of 2019!
OCOM’s Master of Acupuncture (MAc)* degree program will prepare you to be a professional acupuncturist. You will study all aspects of acupuncture practice, including qi cultivation and Asian therapeutic bodywork. Simultaneously, students pursue coursework in anatomy, public and community health, and research sufficient to foster communication and collaboration in those fields. Students embrace clinical learning early in the program. Under exacting supervision, they provide patient-centered care for a wide range of conditions in a variety of clinical settings.
OCOM’s first professional doctoral degree program (DACM)** will prepare you to be a skilled practitioner of Chinese medicine. You will study all aspects of acupuncture, including qi cultivation, and Asian therapeutic massage. Simultaneously, students pursue coursework in biomedicine, public and community health, research, and integrative care sufficient to foster communication and collaboration across fields. Students embrace clinical learning early in the program. Under exacting supervision, they provide customized care to a wide range of patients in a variety of clinical settings. Students applying to this program dual-enroll in a DACM/MACM degree path, receiving both degrees upon program completion.
DACM Degree Completion Track** is designed for licensed acupuncturists who have completed an acupuncture degree which included Chinese herbal study. To enroll students will need to have completion of a master’s-level training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine (or equivalent) from a CAB approved school.
Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2019. Applications are reviewed and processed as they are received.
* The Master of Acupuncture (MAc) of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is accredited under Master’s Degree standards, by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068.
** The Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is not yet accredited or pre-accredited by ACAOM. Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes. This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and OCOM is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, OCOM can provide no assurance that pre-accreditation or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068.
OCOM Alumni Association Scholarship
Master's student Jordan Ganz received the 2018 OCOM Alumni Scholarship Award. The OCOM Alumni Association has provided this reoccurring scholarship opportunity for continuing OCOM students since 2013.
The association's Board had a difficult year deciding the winner of their scholarship. The stakes were high. Scholarship contestants were asked to create a marketing piece to promote their future acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice. Jordan Ganz’s professional brochure excelled in the competition.
OCOM’s 1,400+ graduates stay connected and create a pool of resources for growing the acupuncture and Chinese medicine profession through the OCOM Alumni Association. In addition, the association has made a commitment to continue to support students who excel in the program. For more information on the OCOM Alumni Association, visit alumni.ocom.edu.
Nathan J. Heide Scholarship
OCOM alum Nathan J. Heide, DAOM, LAc of Anjuna Medicine in Eugene, Oregon, awarded his $1,000 scholarship for 2018. Incoming OCOM master's student Zoe Meyers is the recipient of the 2018 Nathan J. Heide Scholarship Award.
In her winning essay, Meyers addressed how her training as a medical provider can restore a space for creativity, imagination, and self-expression in patients who suffer from disease. Meyers wrote “[In Chinese medicine treatments, the] …format of questioning allows patients to draw connections between the numerous body systems, between mental and physical wellness. In telling their health story in this unfolding and holistic format, patients view, perhaps for the first time, their fully integrated self. The practitioner can support this aim by fostering a safe, open space and making patients feel free to share every detail, even those that seem minor—perhaps risky—but contribute to their self-exploration. This practice of reflection deepens after clinical questioning as patients begin therapy that, unlike other treatments, carves out the peace and silence that patients need to achieve creative flow.”
OCOM is extremely proud to count on the support of its alumni and to channel their desire to stay connected. In the words of Dr. Nathan J. Heide, “OCOM is a leader in health care diversity and transformational development” and that is what drove him to develop this scholarship opportunity.
This is the first year of a multiple-year pledge of the Nathan J. Heide Scholarship. For more information about Anjuna Medicine, visit their website.
Beaverton Acupuncture Scholarship
This fall, thanks to the support of the Beaverton Acupuncture Herbal Clinic/Shuyi Dong Scholarship, OCOM is able to welcome incoming doctoral students, Nuttaphat Stonnisgul and Elizabeth Maximin, each with a $1,500 scholarship.
Shuyi Dong, MD, LAc and her Beaverton Acupuncture Herbal Clinic have demonstrated a strong commitment to support OCOM and the development of the acupuncture and Chinese medicine profession. For this scholarship application, the students were asked to speak about how their community and service experiences have informed the vision for their practice. Stonnisgul’s and Maximin’s testimonies gained them their award.
OCOM is grateful for the opportunity to carry the legacy of such an accomplished practitioner in our community and to honor her desire to support our graduate students.
The Trudy McAlister Foundation awarded their 2018 AOM Scholarships to participants of Acupuncture schools in the United States. We are proud to state that OCOM masters student Jasmine Lister was among five recipients of these prestigious awards of $2,000.
Jasmine, as well as other scholarship contestants submitted an essay and completed a thorough application process for this merit-based scholarship.
This paragraph from her winning essay best exemplifies Jasmine’s goals for her health practice: “My ultimate goal is to open a multi-disciplinary wellness center that interweaves meditation, nutrition, yoga, acupuncture, herbs, cupping and body work in my hometown, the Washington DC area. I believe that it is with my solid and diverse experience, that I can become a leader in the field of AOM. I will continue to transfer our medicine onto those from all socioeconomic backgrounds, which will ultimately have a greater effect on our community.”
Trudy McAlister was a grateful acupuncture patient who decided to create a national scholarship program specifically for students of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine through the AOM National Scholarship Foundation. OCOM and its student body welcomes the support from the Trudy McAlister Foundation and appreciates Trudy McAlister’s foresight in supporting acupuncture practitioners.
The AOM Scholarship Fund was established primarily to support students who show promise of making significant contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) in a modern context. The Foundation also supports research and related activities that promote the advancement of AOM. For more information about the Trudy McAlister Foundation, please visit trudymcalisterfoundation.org.