African American History of Acupuncture & How Its Erasure Contributes to Racial Health Disparities

05/05/2021 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM PT



DATE: Wednesday May 5, 2021, 12:00 PM PST

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Tenisha Dandridge, L.Ac.

CREDITS: 2 CEU/PDAs  (Approved FL, NCCAOM, pending CA)

COST: $35

REFUND POLICY: Full refunds offered up to 3 days prior to webinar.

This webinar will be offered online through Zoom. We will email students Zoom link at least one day prior to webinar. Please call 503.477.9731 or email trainings@acuwithoutborders.org with any questions.

NOTE: This webinar will not be recorded.

In light of the recent social political events, acupuncturists have found themselves in need of a more complete history of acupuncture in the United States. This class will cover the history of African American Activists that helped to popularize Acupuncture in the 1970s, how this became the foundation for POCA, and why the subsequent erasure of that history has contributed to the racial health disparities gap instead of closing it as was intended. This class will also cover historical concepts as social determinants of health so that participants will have a better understanding of how racial battle fatigue presents today and how TCM can help address this ongoing public health crisis.


  • To learn a more complete history of acupuncture in the US; 
  • To understand some historical roles of racism as a social determinates of health;
  • To understand what is racial battle fatigue as well as some presentations in the body;
  • To understand the pivotal role acupuncture can play in combatting the health crisis created by racism.  



Dr. Tenisha Dandridge L.Ac., a Sacramento native, started her undergraduate at Morgan State University in electrical engineering and computer science. After the loss of her maternal grandmother, she became interested in natural medicine. Dr. Dandridge had a growing cornucopia of her own health concerns that were not being addressed or well managed by the standard medical model. After a chance meeting with an OBGYN trained in Chinese herbs, she fell in love with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. The treatment was so successful at treating her own health concerns, she went to Bastyr University to finish her undergraduate degree.


Dr. Dandridge has been in private practice for more than 11 years. She received a B.S. in Natural Health Sciences and an M.S. in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Bastyr University in 2008 one of the leading schools of Natural Medicine in the United States. Bastyr’s program included 1000+ clinical hours in acupuncture, 400+ clinical hours with Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her Doctorate in 2018 from Pacific College of Health and Science in 2018. Dr. Dandridge has certificates in Clean Needle Technique, CPR, Acutonics, Dr. Tan DNT, Electro-Acupuncture, Micro-needling, Facial Acupuncture, and NADA.


She is the author of “Unusual Tale of Acupuncture, Racism, and African American History in the USA,” co-founder of BlackAcupuncturist.com.


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