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Strategic Plan

Mission Statement: WPSR organizes the Washington State healthcare community to pursue peace and health for the human community and the global ecosystem by empowering members, citizens and policy makers to develop and model for the rest of the nation socially just and life-enhancing policies regarding nuclear issues, climate change, environmental toxins, vulnerable populations and other risks to human health.

Strategic Plan, 2014-2015
WPSR will be engaged in the following five program areas.


1. NUCLEAR ISSUES

  1. Weapons:
    • campaign to defund the Trident Submarine rebuild program and Bangor base expansion
    • enlist Rotary Clubs as partners to abolish nuclear weapons and reduce federal nuclear weapons spending
    • collaborate with PSR on national policy initiatives to reduce nuclear stockpiles and spending
    • educate young adults on the humanitarian and health consequences of nuclear weapons
  2. Nuclear Power and the Hanford Columbia Generating Station (CGS):
    • collaborate with Oregon PSR to pressure the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to shutdown the CGS in view of seismic risks and economic inefficiency
    • coordinate education campaigns in PUD and municipal utilities to inform decision makers of risks of nuclear power
    • prevent additional nuclear power reactors including Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) from being built in the region
    • partner with other members of the Nuclear Free Northwest Coalition to comprehensively address nuclear concerns in the Pacific Northwest
  3. Hanford
    • raise public awareness and understanding of lessons learned from Hanford, as a means to prevent future contamination of the environment by nuclear waste
    • create online curriculum modules for middle and high school students, college students and the public at large, and provide workshops to educators on Hanford
    • create culture for publicly discussing and contributing to Hanford cleanup efforts, by exhibiting Particles on the Wall (POTW) at 3 or more WA colleges and by enhancing the POTW website
    • ensure that health and scientific facts are closely considered in Hanford clean-up efforts
    • partner with other organizations working on efforts to improve the safety of clean-up operations, and maintain membership on the Hanford Advisory Board

2. CLIMATE CHANGE

  • prevent the transport of coal and oil into and from Washington, collaborating with PSR members in Oregon, Idaho and Montana
  • organize grand rounds at WA hospitals on the health effects of climate change
  • sponsor public forums on the health effects of climate change, in collaboration with regional organizations active on climate change issues
  • develop an educational program on climate change for health professions educators and students

3. ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS

  • advocate for modifications to the Chemical Safety Improvement Act
  • support and build public advocacy for national toxic reform legislation
  • collaborate with other NGOs and state agencies on the PBT (persistent bioaccumulative toxins) rule
  • establish a public education program regarding the precautionary principle

4. INCOME INEQUALITY AND LIVABLE WAGES

  • develop and disseminate an educational document on relationships between poverty and poor health outcomes
  • support passage of livable wage legislation by the City of Seattle, King County and the State of WA
  • explore partnerships with advocacy organizations that support economic justice and livable wages for WA residents

5. MIDDLE EAST INITIATIVES

  • support peace initiatives in the Middle East, an area of nuclear risk
  • sponsor a medical team (our sixth) to Gaza in April 2014, providing services to vulnerable populations, while promoting the larger goal of peace
  • deliver 3 presentations to the WA public in 2014, delivered by Gaza medical team members