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NATURE Lab: Health Autonomy Clinic – Session 1

November 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm 8:00 pm EST

Health Autonomy Clinic with Dr. Francis Coughlin and JJ Luceno. As part of the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s growing NATURE Lab, JJ Luceno and Dr. Frank Coughlin are working to establish a central space in Troy to share health skills, provide basic integrative care and explore ways to build networks of community health. Though caring for our elders, our children, or cooking soul-nourishing food for family or friends may not be deemed ‘real’ healthcare, they know that in fact, it’s what holds us together and keeps us sane. Let’s bring our skills together to build a space where creative, joyful health is possible and accessible.

On Tuesday, November 12th we will be hosting the first in a series of “Health Autonomy Clinics.”  At the core of the clinics will be tangible services and a place to connect. The clinic will include basic first aid materials, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. We hope to offer childcare during the hours. We are looking for practitioners that would like to offer skills or interactive demos during the clinics, as a first step to building a health network in the region.

There will be an Open House from 4-5pm and a Community Conversation from 5-6:30pm. From 6:30-8:00, we’ll roll up our sleeves and develop strategies for our next session. 

More about our session leaders:

An image of Dr. Frank Coughlin, lounging on a couch and smiling, with his legs crossed wearing a dark blue sweater and dark pants.

Dr. Frank Coughlin 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.

An image of JJ Luceno, smiling and looking back and up at the mural painting behind her of a bird in front of colorful graphics.

JJ Luceno is usually found tight-roping between the plant world and the story universe. She has worked as an educator in many settings: in the woods and urban gardens with children, in shelters with survivors of domestic violence and facilitating health, and in sex and puberty education with families. She believes in the undeniable need for liberation medicine and hopes that storytelling and skillsharing can help us reimagine the ways we can care for ourselves and each other. Luceno grew up in the Hudson Valley and now lives in New Lebanon, NY.

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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