Health Autonomy Clinic: Addressing Social Disparities and the Crisis

Date(s) - Tuesday 06/02/2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Join us for a Health Autonomy Clinic focused on social disparities and the crisis, ways that POC communities/oppressed/marginalized communities are being affected, and programs and resources caring for essential workers, incarcerated and the detained.

The goal of “Addressing Social Disparities and the Crisis” is to counter the narrative that “everyone is in this together” and to highlight how this crisis is unmasking already existing social disparities. The session also focuses on how the crisis is being used to augment structural violence with the use of “essential workers,” and how the crisis is affecting communities of color, undocumented, economically marginalized, and indigenous communities. We will touch upon the way institutionalized healthcare training is being affected and how that affects historically marginalized communities.  In addition, we will showcase how communities have organized themselves to address such issues and organize for broader support.

Presenters include:

  • Dr. Brenda Robinson, DNP, City of Albany Human rights Commissioner, founder of Black Nurses Coalition
  • Lisa Good, Urban Grief
  • Asi-Yahola Boutell, Medical Student at Albany Med
  • Dr. Francis Coughlin, Emergency Room Physician, Samaritan and Berkshire Med

More information coming soon!


Dr Brenda Robinson
Dr Brenda Robinson, DNP, is the City of Albany Human rights Commissioner, and founder of The Black Nurses Coalition.  She will speak about her virtual Telephealth clinic, phone buddy program, and the need for leadership accountability in dealing with health disparities in communities of color.
Lisa Good
Lisa Good, MSW, is founding the director of Urban Grief, a trauma-informed community-based organization that educates on the effects of violence and supports those affected through outreach and victim advocacy. She is the former director of SNUG (formerly known as Cure Violence) and has over 25 years of human service experience. She is an experienced speaker and trainer, facilitating trauma-informed workshops such as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and community events, and faith-based workshops aimed at creating healing spaces and empowering community members through information about trauma, grief, and resilience.



Asi-Yahola Boutell


Frank Coughlin

frank coughlin croppedFrank Coughlin, MD is Ooriginally from the Hudson Valley, but is now living in New Lebanon. He works as an ER physician at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and Samaritan Hospital in Troy. He helps run the “Health Autonomy at the End of Empire” podcast and is a member of the Lebanon Health Assembly. Coughlin is excited to build on the generations of strong communities in the Capital Region and to foster health autonomy as a liberatory practice.