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People’s Health Sanctuary Open House

December 3 @ 11:00 am 1:00 pm EST

Where: NATURE Lab 2nd floor, 3319 6th Avenue

It is with great joy that we would like to announce the opening of the People’s Health Sanctuary! It has been a 3 year process, complete with construction delays, other obstacles, and oh yes, the pandemic.

We now step into the time to bring the space to life.

We invite you to come with us, to “walk while questioning”. We are holding the first in a series of Open Houses on December 3rd from 11-1p. We’ll have food, blood pressure checks with Dr. Tina Omorogbe of Chasing Health, African Dance with Olivia Frempong of LivFit, and childcare. In addition, we will have a “Dream Board” where we hope folks will help us dream together what it is we would like to see in the space. Be it a space for youth to hang, cooking classes, chats with a pharmacist regarding medications, massage, yoga, death cafes to dream circles, we’d like to hear! And if you feel like there is something you’d like to offer, please let us know as well! We look forward to seeing you and continuing on the path towards a communal health practice in the Troy and Capital District region.

Guest facilitators:

Dr. Tina Omorogbe: With over 29 years of nursing experience, Dr. Tina Omorogbe is an experienced family nurse practitioner at Albany Med Health Systems. Born and raised in Nigeria, she migrated to the United States in the late 1980s to pursue a career in medicine. She obtained her bachelor’s in nursing, followed by master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in family practice from Sage Colleges. Dr Omorogbe completed her Doctorate in nursing practice from Chatham University in August of 2021, focusing her capstone on improving the knowledge of hypertension and medication adherence in patients with high blood pressure.

Her clinical knowledge, expertise and love for people has moved her to extend her passion out of the hospital walls and into underserved communities through her non-profit work. Founded by Dr Omorogbe, Chasing Health Inc. teaches underserved communities of color about high blood pressure by providing free blood pressure screenings and educational sessions at barber shops, beauty salons, cultural organizations, churches and schools both domestically and abroad. In January of 2020, Chasing Health partnered with Urhokhuosa village clinic in rural Nigeria to deliver a transformative community event where 90% of attendees had high blood pressure. Dr Omorogbe is married with three children and a grandmother of two lovely grandsons.

Olivia Frempong: A licensed fitness instructor, Olivia Frempong is the founder of LivFit. As she describes it, through LivFit she teaches “Afrobeat fitness as a way to connect my love for dance and movement with my love for my homeland and continent of beautiful Africa.”

We are committed to lowering the barriers to access for events at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. For people who are hard of hearing or deaf, blind or low-vision, or whose physical limitations can interfere with a satisfying experience, let us know two weeks in advance so we can make appropriate arrangements.

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