Children's Hospital Los Angeles was ranked among the top ten pediatric hospitals in 2008 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital’s Pediatric Pain Management Clinic treats children suffering from chronic pain associated with various illnesses. In January 2009, Yo San University and the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic pioneered a collaborative program integrating TCM and Western medical practices in the treatment of children with chronic disease and pain. This program is the first of its kind at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, with acupuncture being offered for the first time in the hospital’s history. The treatments are offered on an outpatient basis and are free of charge. Future plans include utilizing the current program to conduct meaningful research in pediatric acupuncture, and expanding acupuncture services to other clinical specialties within the hospital.
Venice Family Clinic is a non-profit, multidisciplinary medical clinic serving low-income residents in the Los Angeles area. It is the largest free clinic in the country. Yo San University has volunteered to provide free acupuncture treatments at Venice Family Clinic on a weekly basis since 2001. For patients from low-income families, the benefits of acupuncture—especially its ability to alleviate various discomforts and symptoms at a fraction of the cost and within a reasonable time frame—is extremely significant. In 2005, at the invitation of the Venice Family Clinic, Yo San University began participation in the multi-disciplinary Integrative Chronic Pain Clinic program. This chronic pain program at Venice Family Clinic’s Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center uses acupuncture and chiropractic care, as well as counseling, to help patients manage pain from back injuries, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other conditions. This award-winning program, now in it’s 4th year, is funded by the California Health Care Foundation, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, and other charitable organizations.
Being Alive (LA) is a non-profit organization operated by and for people living with HIV/AIDS, offering emotional support, treatment education, prevention, advocacy wellness and social services for people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2000, Being Alive and Yo San together created a program that focuses on maintaining general wellness for HIV/AIDS patients while treating the various symptoms associated with HIV infection. Clinicians and interns from Yo San University provide weekly acupuncture on site in West Hollywood, CA, treating a broad range of conditions such as pain, neuropathy, stress, headaches, and digestive disorders.