“Sustainable Medicine: Healthcare After Oil” in Waitsfield, VT

Didi Pershouse will be speaking in Waitsfield, VT on September 30th, 2010, at 6:30 PM at Waitsfield Elementary School. (see directions below)

How much of modern medicine is dependent on cheap oil? If oil prices double or triple, how much of our current health care system would still be functional? For example would hospitals and ambulance companies still be able to make enough of a profit to bother staying in business?

Didi Pershouse, founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine, and author of the Sustainable Medicine Manifesto, will talk about what she learned while visiting and researching Cuba’s extraordinary post-oil health-care system: that creating affordable, local, “powered-down” health care is an important piece in building resilient communities and citizens. And that it can be done.

She will discuss how to create an inventory of an area’s current health care related resources, to see what infrastructure is currently available, what resources and skills a town may want to bring back, and whether current laws and regulations in their area are supportive of small-scale powered-down health care models. Participants will learn about how other areas have succeeded in creating low-cost sustainable systems that provide high quality care, discuss ways to build resilience that are specific to the needs of the town or area, and come up with an action plan for the coming months.

About the Presenter:
Didi Pershouse founded the Center for Sustainable Medicine in 2006, which functions simultaneously as an international think-tank and as a small-scale experiment in operating an affordable community clinic in one’s kitchen, office and living room—along with children and dogs. She was also the founder and director of the Two Rivers Clinic–a group practice which provided Primary Care Natural Medicine, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Psychotherapy, and Body-Mind Therapies for rural communities in the Upper Connecticut River Valley for over 14 years.

Contact:
Didi Pershouse
The Center for Sustainable Medicine
P.O. Box 277,
Thetford Center, VT 05075
(802) 785-2503
www.sustainablemedicine.org
sustainablemedicine@gmail.com

The event is being hosted by Mad River Valley Transition Town to bring
awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing us in health care
with regards to peak oil. Seed money for this talk was provided by the Anne Slade Frey Trust.

Directions:
From I-89
Take EXIT 9 toward US-2/MIDDLESEX/VT-100B/MORETOWN
Turn LEFT onto CENTER RD
Turn LEFT onto US-2/THEODORE ROOSEVELT HWY
Turn RIGHT onto VT-100B. 8.0 mi
VT-100B becomes VT-100. 4.0 mi
3951 MAIN ST (Waitsfield Elementary) is on the LEFT

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