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Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) works to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival by striving to end the nuclear threat, advance environmental health, protect our climate and promote peace.
Oregon PSR is an organization of health professionals and concerned individuals working collaboratively with community partners to educate and advocate for societal and policy change that protects human health at the local, state, national and international level.
Our current work involves bringing a scientific and public health perspective to the following issue areas:
Physicians for Social Responsiblity (PSR) was founded in 1961 when a group of Boston physicians analyzed the medical consequences of nuclear bombs. The New England Journal of Medicine devoted an entire issue to a series of articles describing the research. These articles influenced President Kennedy to initiate the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963, ending atmospheric nuclear testing by the U.S., USSR, and Great Britain. PSR’s work grew into a global organization called International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which in 1985 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. PSR has broadened its scope to include other global environmental threats, and was key to the signing of the Persistent Organic Pollutant Treaty in 2001.
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility was founded in 1980 by a group of local physicians and scientists who were galvanized to help advocate against nuclear weapons and for the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. They also helped evaluate the health of those downwind and downstream from radioactive iodine releases from Hanford.
In all of our work, we value science and education as a basis to empower the community and the individuals' voice for change. We are working for a world where every child can grow up free of violence and environmental damage which affects their well-being.
Oregon PSR values the energy and skills of any community member. While we try to maximize the power of all our wonderful physicians, we also are acutely aware that everyone has a voice and ability to make our world better.