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Welcome to PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, where we ask questions -- then we ask the experts to answer them. Join us as physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts share their ideas, inspiration, and analysis about toxic chemicals and environmental health policy.


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Barbara H. Warren, MD MPH FACP

Dr. Barbara Warren is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School and the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and is a specialist in Internal Medicine.

She worked as a community health physician and health care administrator for 35 years in Chicago, Tucson, and Denver. She is the mother of 3 children. Barbara was a founding member of the Arizona Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. This chapter founded the Tucson Council for Economic Conversion (“beating swords into plowshares”) and brought many nationally and internationally renowned Peace Leaders to speak in Tucson. Barbara has traveled to Finland, Sweden, New Zealand, Latvia, and the former Soviet Union to participate in Peace conferences. She participated in protests against nuclear weapons testing at the Nevada Test site and in Semipalatinsk, Kazakstan (Tucson’s sister city). She is retired and spends her time working on personal and political activities to address global warming and mitigation of and adaptation to the effects of climate change.

She was the principle organizer of the First Arizona Conference on Addressing the Health Effects of Climate Change which was held in November, 2008, at the Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson.

Currently she is a National Board of Directors member and local coordinator of PSR, and she is an appointed member of the Climate Change Committee for the City of Tucson where she represents health issues related to climate change. In her personal life, she is making strides in living sustainability, having solar powered electricity, solar hot water heating, and rain water harvesting at her home. She is also growing her own vegetables in her back yard, in summer in Tucson, no less!


Roll Up Our Sleeves and Get Started: A solutions-oriented approach to climate and energy policymaking from PSR Arizona, January 13, 2011