When There is No 911: a 4-Day Street Medic Intensive
August 3 – 6, 2017
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
9am – 5pm
PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Limited space available
Sliding Scale Donation: $100-$400
Tampa area activists are holding a special training at Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture. This class will cover fundamental skills of emergency care in urban, suburban, rural, wilderness, and disaster (short, long, and very long ) emergency situations. Skills that will be covered range from quality patient assessment to detailed treatment across a broad spectrum, from urban environment care within the present functioning medical system and street medic work, to survival medicine in a breakdown scenario.
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BACKGROUND: What Are Street Medics?
Street medics originated in the U.S. during the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s. They approached medicine and their efforts as a form of self-defense and political action. Street Medics provided medical support to the American Indian Movement, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, the Young Lords Party, Black Panthers, and virtually every protest since. Both the Young Lords & Black Panthers were instrumental in bringing acupuncture to the people who needed it most here in the US and are forebearers of the community acupuncture movement. Street medics in the 60s & 70s were involved in free health clinics developed by the groups they supported in addition to their efforts during demonstrations and disasters.
Today street medics can be found in rural, urban and suburban settings, providing support, safety, and aid to people during natural & human disasters, public emergencies, demonstrations, and direct actions. Street medics have varying levels of additional training, ranging from ”some first aid” to being licensed health care providers – though most have the skills of first responders with supplemental knowledge of folk medicine & herbalism. Street medics are expected to keep their skills current by pursuing continuing education and maintaining an involvement in action medical responses.