Image description: Mordecai Ettinger speaking in a classroom in front of a group.

Image description: Mordecai Ettinger speaking in a classroom in front of a group.

Health Justice Advocacy Program

In the US, 1 in 4 people with diabetes are now being forced to insulin-ration due to skyrocketing costs and the failure of health insurance to meet people’s most basic medical needs. Health insurance companies, such as UnitedHealth Care, the biggest US insurer systematically denies people necessary care and recently caused the death of the beloved disability rights leader, Carrie Ann Lucas, all while turning huge profits and aggressively lobbying against Medicare For All.

At the same time, the US healthcare system offers very little medical advocacy and patient’s rights support. The services available are often offered by healthcare providers, limiting the scope of activities and agency of these advocates even when these individuals have the best of intentions.

The Health Justice Advocacy Program addresses this gap that is life-threatening for so many.

Regenerative Economics and Community Resilience In Action

Because we are invested in creating alternative and generative community-based healthcare systems, we’re training cohorts of national health justice advocates that will receive compensation via:

  • community contributions from those receiving services, on a sliding scale

  • membership in a healthcare practitioner's coop through which they can receive and trade services and time sharing, members will eventually receive an annual dividend

  • grant underwriting through the Health Justice Commons

What Will Health Justice Advocates Learn?

The curriculum features 5 modules: 1) the history and current dynamics of the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC), 2) understanding translational medicine and evaluating medical research and clinical data, 3) the neurobiology of trauma/ historical trauma and healing/ resilience, 4) patient and insurance advocacy, and 5) human rights documentation and Participatory Action Research techniques. Curriculum combines popular education and Theater of the Oppressed techniques with interactive discussion, somatic practices and lectures.

Want to learn more or join the program? Contact Us!