AHG Community Service Award

AHG Community Service Award. Herbalists Making A Difference!

The AHG Community Service Award honors an individual or group that has contributed significantly to the herbal profession and made a lasting impact through community or environmental service related to herbal professions on a local or national level. Past recipients include the Arizona Ethnobotanical Association, the Sage Mountain Health & Wellness Clinic in Vermont, Natural Doctors International, the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans, the Herb Bus and Herbalista Free Clinic in Atlanta, the Ithaca (NY) Free Clinic, the Occupy Eugene Free Clinic in Oregon, and the Alternative Access Healthcare Campaign of Seattle.

Nominations for 2018 are now being accepted. Read more here. 

The recipient of the Community Service Award is recognized with a plaque award at the Annual General Meeting of The American Herbalists Guild, at the Annual Symposium. In addition, the recipient will receive funding in the form of a cash award to further their community efforts. Funding is made possible by donations and contributions received from the AHG Annual Silent Auction Benefit. 

About the 2017 CSA Award Winner: 

Gigi Stafne MH, ND and Herbalists Without Borders

The winner of the 2016 AHG Community Service Award (CSA) is Gigi Stafne MH, ND and Herbalists Without Borders. Gigi Stafne is an activist, educator and writer within ecological, health justice and natural medicine fields. She is also Executive Director of Herbalists Without Borders International and director of Green Wisdom School of Natural & Botanical Medicine in the Upper Midwest United States and Ontario, Canada.

This year marks one decade of dedication to herbalism, health justice and humanitarian aid by Gigi, within that network.  Prior to that, Gigi served in numerous positions within herbalism, natural medicine, environmental health and social justice and anti-violence for an additional 20 years.

Each of her service years she has been a leader inspiring volunteers, aid workers, activists, students and colleagues to take actions daily to create accessible health and wellness during crisis and conflict.

Gigi began volunteering with Herbalists Without Borders, a grassroots local to global organization, when there were 6 small chapters.  She was appointed as Executive Director and with her leadership 70+ chapters and special projects have been developed, each working compassionately and efficiently to bring much needed health, herbalism and natural medicine to communities and countires impacted by natural disaster, violent conflict, trauma or other barriers to accessing health such as poverty and racism.   During last year, she and the HWB network of local to global chapters and projects served people from Syria to Standing Rock.

​Herbalists Without Borders is a nonprofit local to global network of volunteers devoted to providing compassionate care to communities and countries in need impacted by natural disasters, violent conflicts, poverty, trauma and other access barriers to health and wellness.

Herbalists Without Borders humanitarian aid and actions center around health justice:  Borderless Medicine Exchanges, Free People's Clinics, Street Medic Work, Trauma Trainings, Veterans Resiliency, Education, Advocacy, Technical Assistance and more.

Primary projects of Herbalists Without Borders 
Full circle health justice and humanitarian aid projects including:

⦁ Borderless Medicine
⦁ Free Peoples Clinics
⦁ Trauma Trainings
⦁ Street Medics
⦁ Veterans Resiliency Project & Holistic Clinic
⦁ Community Herb Gardens Project
⦁ Medicinal Seed Saving Project
⦁ Community Herb Apothecaries Project


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