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Health and Environment Projects

The Arc of Life and Health flyer (link to PDF)

For the past 18 years, GBPSR has been a medical community leader in addressing environmental health, beginning with a groundbreaking Human Health and Environment conference organized by Dr. Eric Chivian conducted at MIT in 1992 and attended by over 700. Since then GBPSR has been effectively working to educate the medical community, policy makers and the public about the health consequences of a range of environmental factors.

Our seminal research reports, Generations at Risk: Reproductive Health and the Environment (1996, and MIT Press, 1999), In Harm's Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development (2000), and most recently Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging (GBPSR 2008) have provided the scientific groundwork for advocacy campaigns to protect health, and have helped change public policies as well as clinical practice.

We have educated over 10,000 health professionals through our "Out of Harm's Way" education courses. We have continued to break new ground by developing clinical tools on environment and health, such as our Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, featured in a five-state training program, and now available as an online CME course developed in conjunction with the US Centers for Disease Control's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Our Mission

  • To further educate the medical community on the linkages between environmental exposures and health
  • To activate the medical community to protect the environment and public health
  • To provide resources to community groups relating to human health and environmental exposure
  • To participate in public policy debates on public health and environment issues

Our Major Environmental Health Projects

The Arc of Life and Health - GBPSR's seminal research reports
at Risk
In Harm's
Environmental Threats
to Healthy Aging


Action Alerts

  • Reduce Carbon Pollution -- Support a Strong EPA Rule

    Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Physicians for Social Responsibility works to protect humanity from the gravest threats to health and survival. Right now, you can make a difference by registering your comments on the EPA's new Clean Power rule to limit carbon from existing coal-burning power plants. Just click the button to get started.

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  • Generations at Risk Project

    Each year disorders of reproductive health result in devastating consequences for tens of thousands of Americans. Read more »

  • Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit

    The Toolkit is a combination of easy-to-use reference guides for health providers and user-friendly health education materials on preventing exposures to toxic chemicals and other substances that affect infant and child health. Read more »

  • From Research to Real Life

    The articles in this section are those in the series "From Research to Real Life" that GBPSR presents in conjunction with the Boston University Superfund Basic Research Program (BUSBRP). Read more »