The People’s Wellness Initiative is a network of Catskill, Hudson-Valley and New York City based herbalists offering direct wellness support to individuals and families in Black and Brown communities. Learn more and participate in their GoFundMe campaign here!

From the organizers:

Did you know that :
1 in 920 Black Americans has died of Covid-19 (108.4 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 1,110 Indigenous Americans has died of CV-19 (or 90.0 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 1,360 Latino Americans has died of CV-19 (or 73.5 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 1,450 Pacific Islander Americans has died (or 68.9 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 1,840 White Americans has died of CV-19 (or 54.4 deaths per 100,000)
1 in 2,200 Asian Americans has died (or 45.4 deaths per 100,000)

While these numbers relate to the current Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, they serve to illuminate the deep inequality in all measures of well-being that exists for Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities who are being disproportionately impacted by the virus. 

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, skilled herbalists in New York City, the Catskills and throughout the Hudson Valley have been working with plant-based tinctures to support individuals who have contracted Covid.  There is no claim that the  tinctures ‘cure’ Covid, but they have been shown to provide helpful support to various body systems that may be hard hit by the virus, including the respiratory, heart, and lymphatic systems. Drawing on the rich and long-standing knowledge base and traditions of treatment, communities of herbalists throughout the area have been able to respond quickly to offer effective support to this current health crisis.

Your support will help us bring workshops, and training, wellness resources and personalized support to people in under-served communities throughout the Hudson Valley and New York City. Our goal is to empower individuals and communities in caring for themselves and keeping safe during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

Follow us on Instagram @pwinitiative to learn more about the wellness events and services we are providing.

*American Public Media Research Labs; data as of October 13, 2020