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Street Medic Training

Street Medic Training

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 (contact Charly directly if this is a concern, please)
To register contact Charly at 828-779-1623 (text) or caurelius1@gmail.com

COURSE OVERVIEW

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.

Our trainer Charly Aurelia says, “Sometimes there’s no time to Google for the answer. You can’t consult your mentors, the stars, or your power animal. You need to act NOW!  So now what?”

➪ Learn more about the course here ✚

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.

ABOUT CHARLY: Our Lead Trainer

Charly Aurelia was a National Registered Paramedic with two decades experience in urban, street medic, suburban, large event, rural, wilderness, and disaster emergency care and rescue. He also was a Pre-Hospital Medicine Professor at 4 colleges and has trained many Fire/EMS departments in New York, Connecticut, and Maine. Charly has served on a Disaster Medical Assistance Team and has been both a Firefighter/Paramedic and a Fire Officer.
Charly’s training and experience include high angle, structural collapse, trench, confined space, vehicle extrication, flatwater, swiftwater, and ice rescue. Additionally, he has experience in structural, interface and wildland fire mitigation and command, as well as being a Hazardous Materials Technician and having training in wilderness search and rescue as command in a lost person incident.

He practices and teaches nonviolent /conscious communication skills including bystander intervention workshops where participants learn intervention and de-escalation methods. 

Charly has been teaching emergency medical care, self-protection, outdoor skills, and communication skills for over two decades.

 

Nettles for Health

Nettles for Health

Nettles to Heal Allergies and Inflammation Nettles (Urtica dioica) are a popular herb in traditional Western herbalism, and frequently used to boost immunity and for the abundance of bioavailable minerals stored in its dark leaves. It is important to be able to identify this plant in our yards and when out in the woods for… Continue Reading

Self Care: 12 Tips Acupuncturists Hope Everyone Remembers

Self Care: 12 Tips Acupuncturists Hope Everyone Remembers

Acupuncture wisdom? It’s really about self care. There are many simple practices that, when committed to, can drastically improve a person’s symptoms and overall quality of life. If only everyone remembered to do them! Now you have them in writing. Acupuncturists from around the country have created a list, responding to the question: “what is one thing… Continue Reading

Spring Allergies

Spring Allergies

Spring is here: new beginnings, fresh starts, and spring allergies. For the next six to eight weeks, our blooming trees — oak, cypress and bayberry — created enough pollen in 2002 to put Tampa at the top of the list of the worst towns for bad spring allergies. According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation things have improved for Tampa’s… Continue Reading

Breathe to Reduce Stress

Breathe to Reduce Stress

Stress Busters! When life gets chaotic, and it invariably does, how do you cope? One convenient, effective (and free!) option is controlled breathing. Paying attention to your breath invokes the relaxation response, which can reduce stress, ease anxiety and promote clear thinking as well as slow down your heart rate and lower blood pressure. Making… Continue Reading

7 Acupuncture Tips for a Healthy Fall

7 Acupuncture Tips for a Healthy Fall

Fall is here! New seasons are an opportunity to realign with our body’s natural rhythms. Fall’s shorter days and cooler temperatures can help encourage the transition. From an acupuncture perspective, autumn is about refinement. A time to pare down, to let go of excesses we gave ourselves in summer, and focus on what’s necessary for winter.  Even here… Continue Reading

Zines!

Zines!

  A zine is an independently or self-published booklet, often hand-made & affordably-priced. Often devoted to specific and unconventional topics. Our zines focus on community & health, because that’s what *we’re* about!  Because they don’t have any sort of corporate backing, zines are very rugged, opinionated, individualized, and much more charismatic than larger, more popular… Continue Reading

Self-Care and the Acupuncturist

Self-Care and the Acupuncturist

Ever fall off the self-care wagon, and have no idea how to jump back on? Not even sure what self care is?  Here’s my definition: Self-Care is any activities and practices we do on a regular basis to reduce stress and maintain / enhance our well-being. It aims to help us: – Take care of physical and… Continue Reading

Clinic Hours

Monday: 2PM – 8PM

Tuesday: 2PM – 8PM

Wednesday:  2PM – 8PM

Thursday: 2PM – 8PM

Friday: Closed

Saturday: 9AM – 2PM

Sunday: Closed

Walk-Ins Often Possible.
Appointments Recommended.

POCA

POCA

Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture, our staff, and volunteers are members of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture. POCA is a co-operative run and fueled by co-op members who believe that acupuncture should be available to people: learn more about that here.

We see acupuncture changing lives every day. It’s simple, safe and effective, as well as the most widely used medicine in the world! Last year POCA clinics, about 200 of them in all, gave more than 1 million treatments. Our goal is to make that number 50 million treatments by the year 2020.

We support the Community Acupuncture movement with our POCA membership and our volunteer hours.

We know that acupuncture can change the world, and would love for you to join us in The Calmest Revolution Ever Staged!

Interested? Help spread access to acupuncture by learning more about POCA.  Click here to join online.  Or drop by Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture to talk with us more about our favorite co-operative, POCA!

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Wed 8/23: Last acupuncture appointment begins at 4:15pm
Thurs 8/24-Mon 8/28: The clinic will be closed.
We return to regular hours Tues 8/29th!
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