The local group for Street Medics, Rust Belt Medics, has trained and mobilized well over 100 volunteers to provide first aid to protesters and others caught up in events at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.  The history of Street Medics dates back to their origins in 1964 in the Civil Rights Movement with the Medical Committee for Human Rights, the volunteer health corps for the Movement.  Cleveland-area members of the National Physicians Alliance, UHCAN and medical students from Case Western Reserve University are providing support, including lodging for out-of-town medics, fund-raising for supplies and help recruiting the nearly 50 volunteers who have gone through the Street Medic trainings in Cleveland over the past couple of weeks. News coverage has been positive, including this story from the 7/20/16 Cincinnati Enquirer, “In Cleveland, street medics prowl to help.

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From MedPage (5/24/16): Relax, Cleveland. Rust Belt Medics Are Coming to Town – The Republican Convention means business as usual for the Rust Belt Medics