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COMMUNITY EVIDENCE: HEART, FLESH and BLOOD in 2018

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COMMUNITY EVIDENCE: HEART, FLESH and BLOOD in 2018

56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn , NY 11206
June 30th, 2018 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
EVENT TYPE:  
Workshop
WEBSITE:  
http://www.nurtureart.org
EMAIL:  
gallery@nurtureart.org
PHONE:  
718-782-7755
OPEN HOURS:  
Thurs through Mon, 12-6pm
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

Public Program
COMMUNITY EVIDENCE: HEART, FLESH and BLOOD in 2018
Collaborative afternoon of Do-It-Yourself Blood Pressure, HIV, and Allostatic Load Testing
Saturday, June 30, 2–5pm

In this first session of NURTUREart’s 2018 residency for new collaborations artist, organizer, writer, and founding member of What Would an HIV Doula Do? Theodore (Ted) Kerr and family nurse practitioner, acupuncturist, and professor Ronica Mukerjee DNP, FNP, MsA, LAc will bring their respective skills and experiences together in an effort to better understand the role of the doula in HIV and related care. Central to their conversations is that HIV can not be compartmentalized but must be understood in relationship to: race, gender, sexuality, class, geography, history; as well as other health realities such as heart disease, incarceration, and the impacts of epigenetics.

In 2012, the FDA approved an over-the-counter HIV test in which people do not have to send away for their results, thus introducing a new era of self determination in the ongoing AIDS crisis. The new tests, like blood pressure kits and the growing awareness of how political and social stressors impact our health, are an additional tool people can use to activate self determination when it comes to issues of health. Through community conversations, visualization projects and collaborative testing events, Kerr and Mukerjee will explore self testing and the role community and medical providers can play in helping us all more fully consider ideas around health.

With less reliance needed on medical providers to track, test and monitor our own health, what is the role of community? How can we hold space for each other as we navigate self-determination, the state, ideas of collective care, and our well-being? These are the questions at the heart of COMMUNITY EVIDENCE, a free event in which Mukerjee and Kerr will support members of the public as they choose to self test one, some or all of the following: blood pressure, HIV status, and allostatic load, which refers to the wear and tear on the body that occurs as a result of repeated marginalization coming from the state and the culture.

This event is free and open to the public.

Theodore (Ted) Kerr is a Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based artist, organizer and writer whose work primarily focuses on HIV/AIDS. His writing has appeared in The Village Voice, Hyperallergic, BOMB, Women Studies Quarterly, IndieWire and many other publications. His art circulates online, has been on view at La Mama Galleria, and is in the permanent collection of the DePaul Art Museum. He is a founding member of What Would an HIV Doula Do? and was one of the interviewers on the Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute. He is currently a CulturePush Fellow, and teaches courses on social justice and HIV/AIDS at The New School. tedkerr.club

Ronica Mukerjee DNP, FNP, MsA, LAc is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Acupuncturist. She is clinical faculty at Yale University, clinical director at CHASI, a community based syringe exchange in Staten Island and clinical director at an integrative clinical practice in New Haven, CT; Tree of Life Primary Care and Recovery. Ronica completed her Doctorate of Nursing program at Yale University, focusing on the ethical care of trans patients. She is clinically certified in HIV care as well as buprenophine treatment for opioid use disorder. Additionally, she provides clinical consultation for 2 tele-medicine clinics in New Delhi and Calcutta, India for trans women seeking hormonal care.

What Would the HIV Doula Do? is a community of artists, activist, academics, chaplains, doulas, health care practitioners, nurses, filmmakers, AIDS Service Organization employees, dancers, community educators, and others from across the movement joined in response to the ongoing AIDS Crisis. They understand a doula as someone in a community who holdsspace for others during times of transition. They see HIV as a series of transitions in someone’s life that does not start with being tested or getting a diagnosis, nor does it end with treatment or death. They understand that no one gets HIV alone, and so no one should deal with it alone. Foundational to our process is asking questions. hivdoula.work

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