The Herbalista Health Network recognizes healthcare as a fundamental human right and works to protect health access through clinical services and educational opportunities. We strive for a community based model of healthCARE that is based on solidarity and not charity.
Our web of programming is built to spread the knowledge, keep costs down, and give us all opportunities to share the love we have for our neighbors and planet. We hope you will join us as we Build Community through Herbalism!
- Herbalista Free Clinic – offering earth-based care in the Atlanta area to underserved populations via the Herb Bus, the Herb Cart, and most recently, the Dublin Herb Bike in Ireland.
- Harriet Tubman Foot Care Clinic at Mercy Community Church – providing care to our friends on the street.
- Herbalista Community Health Fair – bringing together local practitioners and health educators for this monthly free public offering.
- Self Care Stations – these mini-health stations (set up at community centers, occupations, and the like) empower their users and offer folks a chance to care for themselves with herbs and vitamins.
- First Aid Stations – collaborative care first aid stations offered at gatherings and festivals.
- Plant Rambles – seasonal herb walks to discover our local, urban medicinal plants
- Pay-It-Forward Medicine Making Workshops – sharing medicine-making skills while creating the medicines to stock the free clinics
- Grow a Row – promoting the local production of medicinal plants
- Herbalista Toolkit – a membership resource loaded with the tools to help you start your own community based project in your neck of the woods!
The Herbalista Free Clinic started serving Atlanta in February of 2013 from a VW bus. Nicknamed the Herb Bus, we had a vision of providing mobile herbal health care to under-served communities. We wanted to be a service folks could rely on and so set up regular monthly stops at set stations. We offered free clinical care, a spot of tea, and herbal education.
Our programming and services have grown and evolved these past several years in response to both the needs of our communities and the desire for better integration and sustainability. Our mobile fleet has grown to include two Herb Carts and now the Dublin Herb Bike in Ireland.
We are herbalists, not licensed medical doctors, and do not diagnose or prescribe. We work WITH our clinic guests and value an open, honest dialogue about their current concerns and health goals. We do our best to help them achieve those goals.
By the People, For the People
Herbalista Free Clinics have a focus on serving the homeless and other vulnerable populations, we recognize that under the current structure of healthcare in the U.S., we are all underserved. So long as our medical and governmental structure prioritizes pharmaceutical medicine and surgical intervention, the people are being denied their right to health. Herb and food based tonic therapy have been a necessary part of our evolution and survival as a species. Access to health care is a human right and our mission is to defend this basic right by nurturing the health of the people who live across this broad and beautiful land.
Inclusive Care (Non-discrimination Policy)
The Herbalista Health Networks welcomes students, volunteers, patients, clients, guests, and friends of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, economic strata, ability, sexuality, gender-orientation to join us! We believe in diversity, not discrimination!
While this project is a most certainly a labor of love, community support is vital to making our work a sustainable endeavor. Thanks to everyone who has supported this project herbally, inspirationally, creatively, organizationally, economically, logistically, and all the rest of it too!!
Viva la Herb Bus!