Rupa Marya, Do No Harm Coalition at Standing Rock
The UCSF Do No Harm Coalition has been invited to help create a free clinic at the camp of the Standing Rock for Lakota, Dakota, and their supporters who are gathering to protect access to clean water and ancestral lands. With the militarized local state response to the camp, several people have voiced feeling unsafe accessing basic primary care in surrounding communities.
The UCSF Do No Harm Coalition will be working in partnership with local Lakota physicians, medics based in the camp, National Nurses United, traditional practitioners and the Standing Rock Tribal Council. They are excited to offer the opportunity for trainees (residents, medical students, nursing students) to join attending physicians in this unique clinical setting where the structural and social elements of disease will be addressed in tandem with offering basic primary care to a population of 2,000-5,000 people living temporarily in a camp setting.
In addition, they hope to find novel expressions of intercultural dialogue between indigenous practices and their own clinical practices in sustaining balance and health in the local population. They will be heading to Standing Rock with the support of the UCSF Global Health Core to meet with tribal leadership and local health workers in order to complete a needs assessment to determine the proper way to be of service.