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Watch our Public Policy Director Leslie Emerick and WAEMA member Sue Schultz at a hearing for companion bills SB 6038 and HB 2203.

Watch their testimony in the Senate (starts at 1:24:12)

Watch their testimony in the House (starts at 17:41)

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  • October 07, 2016 2:23 PM | Ash Goddard

    I took the morning off today to accompany our hardworking lobbyist, Leslie Emerick, at a special Governor's address at the University of Washington.

    Along with many leaders of the medical community statewide, the Governor issued an executive order that brings together state agencies, local public health organizations, law enforcement, tribal governments, and other partners to act on opioids.

    The four goals outlined are:

    1. Prevent inappropriate opioid prescriptions and use
    2. Treat people with opioid use disorder and connect them to support services, including housing
    3. Save lives by intervening in overdoses
    4. Use data to focus and improve our work

    Offering effective treatment options for patients with chronic pain was also brought up. During the panel Q&A (see below) that followed the Governor's address, Leslie posed the question of whether acupuncture is being considered in the many agency and organizational discussions that are taking place statewide. The response from the panel members was a certain yes. We were pleased to hear that our medicine is being included and will be following up with various organizations to that end.

    The panel members:

    WEAMA will continue to support you in your profession by attending important meetings such as this (which sometimes also afford opportunities to meet people like the Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler!)


    In the meantime, please consider how you, too, can play a role in this important issue. More discussion to come at the Fall Membership Meeting! See you there!

    ~Ash Goddard
    President, Washington East Asian Medicine Association

  • October 05, 2016 10:50 AM | Ash Goddard

    Our website now has a searchable "Practitioner Directory" so our members may be more easily located. The directory is searchable by various criteria including name, zip code, city, clinic name, and specialty, so please be sure to check your profile at and update if necessary! 

    This new benefit is yet another step WEAMA is taking to heed the suggestions of our members and better serve you in your practice and profession.  Thank you for your membership.

    We'll see you on October 16 at the Fall Semi-annual Membership Meeting just around the corner! 

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    Also, in the application process, some members have chosen to not display certain information in their profile, so this information will be hidden on the directory.  Other members would not like to have some information to be displayed publicly.  We want to honor your preferences with this Practitioner Directory.  Once you login, select PRIVACY to edit the fields you would like to display or hide.

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