Health Autonomy Clinic: Addressing Social Disparities and the Crisis

Date(s) - Tuesday 06/02/2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Join us for a Health Autonomy Clinic focused on social disparities and the crisis, ways that POC communities/oppressed/marginalized communities are being affected, and programs and resources caring for essential workers, incarcerated and the detained.

You can register for this free workshop here:

(We’ll send a link to a video of the workshop to everyone who registers, so don’t worry if you can’t make it on Tuesday!)

The goal of “Addressing Social Disparities and the Crisis” is to counter the narrative that “everyone is in this together” and to highlight how this crisis is unmasking already existing social disparities. The session also focuses on how the crisis is being used to augment structural violence with the use of “essential workers,” and how the crisis is affecting communities of color, undocumented, economically marginalized, and indigenous communities. We will touch upon the way institutionalized healthcare training is being affected and how that affects historically marginalized communities.  Some basic questions will include how narratives around “chronic disease” can often gloss over structural violence, and the way the rhetoric around “essential workers” hides a more true “disposable” worker narrative. In addition, we will showcase how communities have organized themselves to address such issues and organize for broader support.

Presenters include:

Everyone it seems is struggling to keep up with the flood of information about the current crisis, the ways those in power are forcing us back to a “normal”, the over-reliance of the economy as a marker of anything lending towards health. And then we have the horrific news from Georgia and Minneapolis, the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, a stark reminder of the crisis behind the crisis. Covid has only exacerbated the social oppressions and disparities that mark the “normal” so many of the elites want to return to.

How do we understand what is happening to black, latinx, indigneous, poor communities in the midst of the crisis? How do we highlight their voices as we struggle for a new world, a new “normal” that includes marginalized populations?


Lisa Good
Lisa Good, MSW, is founding the director of Urban Grief, a trauma-informed community-based organization that educates on the effects of violence and supports those affected through outreach and victim advocacy. She is the former director of SNUG (formerly known as Cure Violence) and has over 25 years of human service experience. She is an experienced speaker and trainer, facilitating trauma-informed workshops such as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and community events, and faith-based workshops aimed at creating healing spaces and empowering community members through information about trauma, grief, and resilience.



Asi-Yahola Boutelle

Asi-Yahola Boutelle is a lifelong advocate and aspiring champion of social justice, born in Oakland and raised in San Francisco.  He holds Master’s degrees in Bioethics and Biomedical Sciences, and is currently pursuing degrees in public health and medicine.  His interests include the intersections of sociology and medicine, and community empowerment.  He has a wealth of experience with grassroots organizing and education in Boston and New York, which he looks forward to applying as an emergency physician in the service of all communities under attack by structural violence and oppression.  

Dr. Linelle Campbell

Dr. Campbell is a rising Chief resident in Emergency Medicine at Jacobi/ Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. Dr. Campbell received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. She holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from CUNY Brooklyn College. She is former Chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Emergency Medicine Resident Association and the Chair for the Resident Committee for the Academy of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine.  She also currently serves as a union delegate at her hospital for the Committee of Interns and Residents. Dr. Campbell’s interests include mentoring and improvement of the recruitment practices of underrepresented minorities into the medical field, resident advocacy, and  security and work place violence. 

Twitter: @DocNellCam; IG: @drboopsie

Luz Marquéz-Benbow

Luz Marquéz-Benbow is a Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow (JBC) where she is focused on building a survivor network of Black Latinx/Afrodescendantes to advance social change and movement building toward ending child sexual abuse. For over 15-years, Luz has worked on issues related to sexual assault. She is a member of Justice for Dahmeek, a group dedicated to getting justice for Dahmeek McDonald, unjustly shot by a Troy Police Officer; ending police brutality; and the creation of a civilian review board in Troy, NY.

Frank Coughlin

frank coughlin croppedFrank Coughlin, MD is Ooriginally from the Hudson Valley, but is now living in New Lebanon. He works as an ER physician at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and Samaritan Hospital in Troy. He helps run the “Health Autonomy at the End of Empire” podcast and is a member of the Lebanon Health Assembly. Coughlin is excited to build on the generations of strong communities in the Capital Region and to foster health autonomy as a liberatory practice.