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Benefit for Free Community Health Care Progams

Thursday, September 09, 2010
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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3158 Mission St, SF

Benefit for Free Community Health Programs in Oakland & New Mexico

Speed of Darkness

El Rio, 3158 Mission St., SF
Thursday, September 9
Doors at 8pm
$5-10 sliding scale

Proceeds will be split between the following programs:

Street Level Health Project started in 2000 in East Oakland with the goal of improving the health and well-being of underserved urban immigrant communities in the Bay Area. The organization is an entry point to the health care system for those most often overlooked and neglected, namely the uninsured, underinsured, and recently arrived. The programs are particularly geared towards the local day laborer population. Street Level offers a wide variety of free services, including: medical screening, a lunch program, mental health support, and more. The Herbal Medicine/Nutrition program began in October 2009, with the aim of offering alternative and preventative options for both acute and chronic conditions. These services are available in Spanish & English every Tuesday afternoon.

Crystal, NM is located in the heart of the Navajo Nation approximately 30 miles northeast of Window Rock, AZ, the Navajo Nation capital. With this project we are hoping to bring comprehensive, alternative, holistic methods of treatment to the community, on private property. This concept is more similar to traditional Navajo healing ceremonies which are generally hosted by a family rather than an impersonal clinic setting which is antithetical to Navajo cultural beliefs. The Begay family, a large, locally well-known, extended family, has hosted many traditional ceremonies, and has kindly offered to host this project as well. We hope not only to bring more culturally compatible medicine to the community of Crystal, NM, but we also hope that there is a spark of interest on the part of some local residents in learning CranioSacral Therapy or Traditional Chinese Medicine, in which case, an apprenticeship program will be offered.
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