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Pathways to Wellness,Inc. is a nonprofit public health organization committed to providing equal access to high quality holistic care. Within a compassionate and empowering environment, Pathways provides complementary therapies for our clients as an adjunct to their Western medical care. Working in partnership with community health centers and organizations, Pathways aids in the development of a continuum of care for our clients in body, mind and spirit.

History

In the winter of 1988, a group of Boston-area acupuncturists began to talk about the fact that they were treating increasing numbers of people with HIV and AIDS. What had begun as a trickle of clients soon grew into a steady stream as people spread the word about the effectiveness of acupuncture for people with HIV/AIDS. In 1990, the vision developed by the founding members came to fruition as the AIDS Care Project (ACP) opened its doors.  For the first several years all acupuncturists worked on a volunteer basis.

Steadfast in its mission to provide access to care, as the face of the epidemic changed, ACP also changedto meet the diverse and complex needs of infected populations by opening satellite clinics in major hospitals, neighborhood health centers and community service organizations throughout the state with specific focus on communities of color and the LGBT community.

In the year 2000, ACP expanded its services beyond HIV/AIDS and created Pathways To Wellness, a public health modeled holistic therapies clinic open to all people on a sliding scale. Pathways was created to allow the agency to treat paying clients to generate revenue in light of dwindling public dollars and to share their decade of expertise in working with chronic illness with the broader population.

From these modest beginnings Pathways/ACP has grown to become one of the largest public health holistic therapies clinics in the world, and the largest provider of free acupuncture care to people living with HIV in the nation. Pathways currently provides over 14,000 treatments to over 500 clients annually.

Pathways/ACP has an ongoing commitment to the field of research and procedural accountability. In 1999, the Department of Public Health AIDS Bureaus contracted with ACP to develop Standards of Care for Acupuncture provided under their aegis. Pathways/ACP’s comprehensive data collection and reporting structures have been instrumental in helping to ensure ongoing federal funding of complementary therapies.

Pathways to Wellness also offers worldwide educational presentations for agencies, corporations, consumers, and conferences as well as continuing education courses, internships, and ongoing supervisory consultation for practitioners. Pathways staff have taught in Africa, Cuba, Ireland, Spain, Thailand, Australia, and throughout the United States.

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