Alternatives to EMS 2 – Call for Contributions and Save the Date!

The Rosehip Medic Collective is beginning work on a second installment on their “Alternatives to EMS” project. Two years ago we presented case studies, history and theoretical discussion of institutional Emergency Medical Services and alternatives both past and present. We sought input from street medics, disaster responders, outreach workers, and others—but mostly we critiqued different methods of providing emergent care and dreamed about what could come next.

imagesNow we are embarking on a story-gathering project that will culminate in an anthology – a sequel to our “Alternatives to EMS” zine, featuring the personal stories of informal/unlicensed and professional health workers.

READ – Alternatives to Emergency Medical Systems 1.0 (PDF)

We are looking for stories of individual and group successes or learning moments in working towards community-directed care. We define this as being care that:

  • Believes consent and best practice are equally important
  • Respects the parameters of care set by the communities with whom we work
  • Supports all people’s rights to understand, access and direct their own health and wellness
  • Embraces harm reduction and non-judgmental care
  • Prioritizes self-care of providers

We are looking for stories of individuals and groups that have organized to confront, challenge, dismantle, or subvert harmful and oppressive healthcare systems. We want to hear stories of broken rules, collaboration, re-appropriation of resources, insubordination, and lessons learned the hard way.

  • How did you confront dangerous or ineffective top-down management as a healthcare provider?
  • How did you work with co-workers to provide care in unsupportive workplaces?
  • How do you stand up for yourself/your patients/your coworkers against oppression in the healthcare system?

We want to speak with professional and volunteer disaster responders, street medics, nurses, EMT/Paramedics, outreach workers, village healthcare workers, herbalists, doctors, and people of other backgrounds and healing traditions. People may choose to prepare and send us written statements, or to contact us to set up phone and in-person interviews. We also welcome recommendations of illustrations, documents, or interview subjects. Anonymous and attributed submissions are welcome.

If you have ideas or submissions for us, please email us at and let us know what you are thinking and how we can best contact you.

Save the Date!

Portland locals and near-by friends, on November 18th we will have a pre-release party and story gathering event! More details coming very soon!