1973, the late Bill Graham asked the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic
to staff a "medical emergency care tent" at Grateful Dead and Led
Zeppelin outdoor concerts. Many of the clinicians who participated
had previously provided their medical expertise at rock concerts,
but the level of planning for these events was unprecedented.
Since then, Rock Medicine has evolved into a full
program of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, and has provided service
at an increasing number of concerts, community marches, celebrations
and fairs, circuses, and assorted other events. In recent years,
its 400+ active volunteers have provided care at over 500 events
in a single year.
Rock Medicine is a mobile facility. Its work areas
range from dusty fields with nylon parachutes slung overhead to
three rooms with three sinks, a bathroom, and built in storage space.
A comprehensive assortment of supplies, medications and equipment
travels with Rock Medicine wherever it's sent in "road boxes" modeled
on those the bands use to transport their equipment. Some liken
Rock Medicine to an urgent care center, a front line station where
patients come for minor illnesses, injury, referral and/or transport
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