As a Minnesota-based company, we are devastated by the senseless murder of George Floyd and those before him, but uplifted by the incredible change that has happened in the last two weeks. These events have also shined an uncomfortable light on the lack of diversity in not only the wellness industry but Chinese medicine specifically. At DAO, we are faced with our own inadequacies and lack of action when it comes to creating not just an inclusive space, but an anti-racist space (if you aren’t sure of the difference, read this). That ends now as we commit to create the change that is needed in the wellness industry and beyond.
Chinese medicine practitioners want to help people. It’s inherent in this medicine. Here are three ways you can help improve diversity in our field, right now.
1. Dive In Well
If you’re looking to “do the work” in a way that is actionable and non-performative, learn from Dive in Well. With a mission to expand diversity and inclusion in the wellness industry, they offer incredible tools for small business owners. Download their Diversity in Wellness e-workbook by contributing to their crowdfunding campaign. At DAO, we’ll be diving deeper with founder Maryam Ajayi to develop specific action items we can implement to better serve the health and wellness of all communities.
2. Help heal the communities who need it most
We’re incredibly inspired by the practitioners in our community who have offered free acupuncture services to those who need healing the most. The income gap in this country is wide and the pandemic has accentuated the disparity. Share your services and healing abilities - it could be just one session or a pro-bono community style acupuncture clinic in a low-income neighborhood. If you’re donating sessions as a part of Black Lives Matter, reach out to us and we’ll send complimentary herbs as well. As a consumer, ask your acupuncturist if you can sponsor a session for someone who may not be able to otherwise afford it. After closing their clinics for the past several weeks, this is a difficult time for acupuncturists to donate their time and services. We can all help ease the burden for them.
3. Support a Black acupuncturist
If you’re making a concerted effort to support Black-owned businesses, BlackAcupuncturist.com is a national platform for black acupuncturists in the United States and those who wish to find them. This is a place to come, to gather, and to grow for the betterment of black and brown people. Licensed Acupuncturists are listed by state. Find an acupuncturist near you.
How are you working to make your business and this industry more accessible? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to learn more and help if possible.