In this first session of NURTUREart’s 2018 residency for new collaborations artist, organizer, writer, and founding member of What Would an HIV Doula Do? Theodore (Ted) Kerr and family nurse practitioner, acupuncturist, and professor Ronica Mukerjee DNP, FNP, MsA, LAc will bring their respective skills and experiences together in an effort to better understand the role of the doula when it comes to HIV and related care. Central to their conversations is that HIV is best understood in relationship to: race, gender, sexuality, class, geography, history; as well as other health realities such as poverty, stress, and, incarceration.
Through conversations, visualization projects and community events, Kerr and Mukerjee will explore the role a doula can play in helping us all more fully consider ideas around health.
COMMUNITY EVIDENCE: HEART, FLESH, and BLOOD in 2018
Discussion and Training for Testers, Caregivers, and Others
Saturday, June 30, 2–5pm
With less reliance needed on medical providers to track, test and monitor our own health, what is the role of community? How can we hold space for each other as we navigate self-determination, the state, ideas of collective care, and our well-being? These are the questions at the heart of COMMUNITY EVIDENCE, a free event in which Ronica Mukerjee and Theodore (Ted) Kerr share their research and practice on the subject. They will also support members of the public as they engage with objects, ideas, and evidence related to self-testing.
We ask that participants please arrive on time.
2–3pm Collaboration Presentation
3–4pm Participatory Community Evidence Exploration
4–5pm Voluntary HIV self-testing. Contact for more details.
This event is free and open to the public.
Theodore (Ted) Kerr is a Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based artist, organizer and writer whose work primarily focuses on HIV/AIDS. His writing has appeared in The Village Voice, Hyperallergic, BOMB, Women Studies Quarterly, IndieWire and many other publications. His art circulates online, has been on view at La Mama Galleria, and is in the permanent collection of the DePaul Art Museum. He is a founding member of What Would an HIV Doula Do? and was one of the interviewers on the Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute. He is currently a CulturePush Fellow, and teaches courses on social justice and HIV/AIDS at The New School. tedkerr.club
Ronica Mukerjee DNP, FNP, MsA, LAc is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Acupuncturist. She is clinical faculty at Yale University, clinical director at CHASI, a community based syringe exchange in Staten Island and clinical director at an integrative clinical practice in New Haven, CT; Tree of Life Primary Care and Recovery. Ronica completed her Doctorate of Nursing program at Yale University, focusing on the ethical care of trans patients. She is clinically certified in HIV care as well as buprenophine treatment for opioid use disorder. Additionally, she provides clinical consultation for 2 tele-medicine clinics in New Delhi and Calcutta, India for trans women seeking hormonal care.
What Would the HIV Doula Do? is a community of artists, activist, academics, chaplains, doulas, health care practitioners, nurses, filmmakers, AIDS Service Organization employees, dancers, community educators, and others from across the movement joined in response to the ongoing AIDS Crisis. They understand a doula as someone in a community who holds space for others during times of transition. They see HIV as a series of transitions in someone’s life that does not start with being tested or getting a diagnosis, nor does it end with treatment or death. They understand that no one gets HIV alone, and so no one should deal with it alone. Foundational to our process is asking questions. hivdoula.work
Image: COMMUNITY EVIDENCE, 2018, digital photo, Max Freeman, Theodore Kerr, Ronica Mukerjee, and Margret Singer