Two dark-skinned nurses measure the blood pressure of two light-skinned older women. The four women smile for the camera.
Two people smile and stand on either side of the Free Food Fridge, which is painted with the words "FREE FOOD" and "COMIDA GRATIS."
A dark-skinned woman with waist-length hair leads a group of people in a dance at the People's Health Sanctuary.

People’s Health Sanctuary (PHS) is a community-led mutual aid health initiative, based in North-Central Troy. PHS is a space for gathering, sharing food, moving your body, working through grief, cultivating a sense of safety, and embodying a culture of care. We know deep in our bones, just as our ancestors did, that our individual and collective health are inseparable.

Our theory of change is based in racial and transformative justice to create a liberatory model of community health care for all. Our goal is to establish a central space to share health skills, provide basic integrative care, and explore ways to build networks of communal health.

We are located on the 2nd floor of the Sanctuary’s NATURE Lab building, at 3319 6th Ave, and recognize that we are embedded within the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people.  

With the coming decades of radical change upon us, we propose fewer answers and more questions for how to reimagine a way of being. To do this, we begin by finding each other and, as the Zapatista maxim states, “Preguntando caminamos,” or, “walking while asking.”

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Recent Events

17 May 2023

Where: 2nd floor of the NATURE Lab building, 3319 6th Avenue. Discover end-of-life options available to you in a talk with Corinne Carey from Compassion and Choices. You will learn […]

13 May 2023

Where: NATURE Lab 2nd floor, 3319 6th Avenue The People’s Health Sanctuary (PHS) is a community-led mutual aid health initiative. Visit us to learn about what we do, and consider […]

27 April 2023

Where: 2nd floor of the NATURE Lab building, 3319 6th Avenue. Join us for for a Death Cafe, an evening of discussions about death and how to make the most […]

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