We imagine and work towards a medical and public health education, research, and practice that centers and prioritizes the narratives and experiences of womxn of color and communities that have been marginalized.
The Freedom School for Intersectional Medicine & Health Justice is a community of students, professors, and community members involved in medicine, public health, and health justice work. We are dedicated to creating an intersectional medicine and public health that is community-centered and advocates for the collective liberation and healing for all people, especially those most vulnerable and marginalized in society.
We challenge and transform outdated modes of medical and public health research, education, and practice.
We are concerned by the intellectual silos of medicine and public health, as this is destructive to the patients we serve, to the foundation of medical education, and limits our ability as future practitioners and researchers to truly heal and gain insight into understanding how social and health outcomes come to be.
We are a learning community.
Building on the Freedom School legacy of the 1964 "Freedom Summer Project", we gather bi-weekly in SF Bay Area throughout the academic year and summer to engage in our own curriculum that integrates critical theory, community health site visits, and the occasional turn-up as platforms to challenge outdated theories and modes of learning found in medical and public health education, research, and practice.
While we are based in the SF Bay Area, we welcome and mentor those who would like to start their own Freedom School or use our curriculum for health justice work in their own programs/communities.
We are healers, artists, and activists.
In addition to our learning community gatherings, we are believers in putting our imagination into practice and creating spaces that put our vision into reality.
We engage in several grassroots service and activist projects that put our imagination of what medicine/public can be into action.
In particular, we are in the formation of a photo exhibition of women of color in medicine, a clinic, and a coalition of medical students dedicated to demanding reform in medical education.