Street medics are a community of health workers who are specifically trained to respond to the health needs of people at demonstrations, in progressive social movements, and at encampments.
Street medics are called upon to deal with a wide variety of illness and injury: crowd-control, chemical weapons decontamination, weather and temperature-related illness, altered mental status, sexual assault, and handcuff injuries, all in resource-scare, unsecured environments. Street medics also provide preventative care and public health promotion in protester encampments. Street medic care is ethical, empowering, and do-no harm.
Those who already have advanced first aid or medical training will want to take this course as we cover many topics that are specific to protest healthcare. People with no healthcare background will learn valuable skills that can be used anywhere, not just at protests. In this highly participatory training, you will learn to use your skills in complex, high-tension, low-resource situations. Expect to have fun!
Location: Manhattan. Address and subway information emailed upon registration.
Cost: $50 with a sliding scale. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please explain your needs when registering. Payment in the form of cash or check can be made on the first day of training on May 19th.
For registration info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have further questions, please contact email@example.com for more information.
Instructors from Common Ground Health Clinic, Latino Health Outreach Project, Medical Activists of New York, Black Cross Health Collective, Mutual Aid Street Medics, Katuah Earth First!, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief in Haiti, Mountain Justice 2005 Medics, and The Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (Ramallah).
posted by: Matt Anderson, MD