I am involved in a group that began a couple months back now that is looking at the idea of a healthcare cooperative, self-care, free clinic, a new model of healthcare, universal health care coverage for all. We have met half a dozen times and meet again tonight. I have been thinking of what I can offer this group. I am good at finding resources and I am thinking that for now I can offer up a list of resources that perhaps can help educate folks on some of the above issues. We had one workshop on moving through the holiday season with grace. We have also had a local naturopath offer up his educational services on a free will donation basis to anyone in the community. I am in contact with a woman from the Freedom Center to see if we might coordinate a workshop that she can offer regarding radical mental healthcare & freedom. Also in the works is a workshop on Emotional Freedom Technique.
One important model we are looking at is the Ithaca Health Alliance. If you browse through this site there is a lot of information to glean from it. While every community is different there are some important components that our community might be able to model after. We'd like to get someone from Ithaca to come and talk with our group. There is also a book by Paul Glover that outlines this model called Health Democracy: Liberating Americans From Health Insurance.
A Friend Starts A Website: Willimantic, Now & Then
Another cool thing that is going on in our community is that a friend has started a website of his writings about our community. You can see these at Willimantic, Now & Then. Thanks for sharing your great works Mark! I love the picture of him on the homepage in his apron. Stop by and read about our great little community.