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Health Autonomy Clinic Webinar: Community Support in the Time of COVID

April 7, 2020 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm EDT

We are in the midst of a “tsunami of social life” that is unprecedented in modern life.  The age-old ideas we had barely begun to formulate around community health and care are now being required in ways that no one was prepared for. Medical staff don’t have the protective equipment they need, children are out of school,  many are without work, so many people are alone and afraid. We are learning how to hold each other without being together. This webinar hosted by the Health Autonomy Clinic will focus on: helping you wade through resources, answer questions and also point towards building mutual aid networks throughout the region. The focus of the call will be this question: What questions do you have about the Coronavirus and community support? During the webinar, we will answer questions that people have submitted beforehand.

About the Webinar:

We’ll break the webinar into these parts:
Part 1: review of medical information 
Part 2: what to do at home (i.e. immune support, staying connected, point to resources about mental health)
Part 3: community support networks that exist or are being built up, ie what can we do for the community 

About the Presenters:

A head shot of Ariela Zamcheck, a white woman. She has shoulder-length curly hair. She is wearing a black shirt with a stethoscope, and she is smiling.

Ariela Zamcheck, DO is a family physician currently studying at the the School of Public Health at SUNY Albany and the New York State Department of Health as part of a fellowship program. She grew up in the Bronx, NY, received her BA at Oberlin College, attended medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine, and family medicine residency at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, NY. She is interested in learning to shape public health practices to address health disparities. 

A picture of Frank Coughlin, MD. He is a white man with long dark hair pulled back, wearing glasses. He is looking to the left and is smiling. He is sitting on a gold, flowered couch with his legs crossed. Behind him on the wall is an anatomy poster of the back of a woman, and a teaching skeleton.

Frank Coughlin, MD is originally 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.

A portrait photograph of Aileen Javier, a latinx woman who is wearing a black t-shirt with a fish that says "Resist" and a pink scarf. Her hair is pulled back, she is wearing earrings, and she is smiling.

Aileen Javier is a Community Health Worker/ Outreach Educator/Family Advocate. She is passionate about fomenting community health by supporting and empowering people to successfully navigate the local social and health care system. Experienced providing social support, culturally appropriate health education and connecting people with the resources available in the community. She has a certificate in Community Outreach Education and worked as a Family Advocate in Massachusetts.

A picture of Jesse Marshall, a white man with short curly hair. He is standing in front of a tree trunk, he is smiling, and he is wearing a tan shirt.

Jesse Marshall is a trainer and consultant around worker-ownership and self-governance. He’s a co-founder of Capital Bookkeeping Cooperative and works on self-organization and facilitation for Extinction Rebellion in the Capital Region and NYC. He’s lived in Troy since 2013.

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