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Support INCITE! New Orleans Women's Health Clinic and Apothecary
by For Continuing Solidarity!
07 Feb 2006
WOMEN'S HEALTH CLINIC AND APOTHECARY
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina huge gaps have been left in care provision for low-income and working class community members who may not have access to insurance but still need affordable health care.
Women particularly have been ignored by mainstream health care structures. Being the carriers of children aka the future it is imperative that this gap be filled. We are seeking to provide health care for women that promotes a holistic approach to health and understands that surrounding social realities affect physical health.
As we provide actual services, we will be promoting community based educational and preventative health programs in the forms of workshops, story circles, support groups, peer counseling, peer education, and all around self-involvement of the community in it own health. Though many women
lack access to prescription medicines, integrated health strategies, such as herbal medicines and preventative care may be able to provide people with alternatives. We do not believe that specialization, licensure and credentials should stop people from living healthy lives. That kind of community self-involvement is a necessity for people to lead self-determined lives.
We have been offered space. Now we need everything else. Due to limited access to the most basic resources, including power and near grocery stores, we understand that providing adequate care will involve some form of mobility and flexibility. We also know that eventually we will need lab capacity. However at this point we feel that this list covers the basic needs we have to get a health center up and running.
File Cabinet (locked)
Couches and comfy chairs
Art and other decorative items
Food (for gatherings/workshops)
Mental health/self help
Basic Herbal remedies
Intimate Partner Violence
*Latex Gloves/ Non-Latex Gloves
*Blood pressure cuffs
*Pearl cover 4 thermometer
*Over the counter medication (Tylenol, etc)
*Vitamins (calcium, iron, B complexes, vitamin E)
*Over the counter yeast infection stuff
Keepers/Diva Cup/other alternatives to tampons and pads
*Asthma medications and inhaler
*Antibiotics (broad spectrum)
*Hormones (esp. Thyroid)
*Birth control pills
Urine Dip Sticks
Hem occult Tests
Fetal Heart Monitor (portable)
Spare Money to supplement other people's workshop ideas and projects (such as a salve workshop, cooking workshop, self-examination workshop, etc.)
* Please send supplies to:
WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE CENTER,
c/o People's Hurricane Relief Fund Center
2226 Ursulines Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
* Please clearly write "Women's Health Center" on the outside of the box as well as on a clearly visible sheet of paper on the inside of the box.
* It would be really helpful to send materials UPS to avoid having to go to the post office at this time.
* It would also be very helpful if you could e-mail us a list of supplies sent, the date that you sent it, and, if available, a tracking number, so we can ensure that the supplies get to the health center. Please e-mail this info to incite_national (at) yahoo.com
* When we receive the supplies, we'll confirm this with you so that you know that it's all good!
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING WOMEN OF COLOR ORGANIZING IN NEW ORLEANS!