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Health Professional Outreach

PSR is committed to advancing our values throughout the health professional community.  We seek to activate a broad cross-section of leaders concerned about the fate of our world.  One important aspect of this work is our ongoing effort to promote the use of medical resolutions on PSR’s key issues. These medical resolutions are significant in validating our message to key lawmakers on our core issues. With local PSR chapters and public health associations nationwide, we aim to pass resolutions that establish and reinforce positions that are critical for our public health, like the de-alerting and abolition of nuclear weapons, clean air and water and health-protective energy solutions.


How to Get Resolutions Endorsed by Health Professional Organizations

 

Health care professionals have a unique and credible voice in our democracy.  When they speak collectively—as in resolutions passed by health professional organizations—that voice is amplified.  It is more important than ever that the call be heard for a healthy environment, the elimination of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction and the reduction of gun violence. Having health professional organizations pass resolutions on key issues is one important way to get our message to the greater public and political establishments.

 

Each medical association or medical society will have a slightly different process for the consideration and adoption of resolutions.   The following highlights the basic steps required to get a PSR related resolution adopted. 

 

Step 1: Determine the process for submitting a resolution for consideration – Most medical associations have formal procedures for the consideration of member resolutions at their meetings.   Most will require that the resolution be submitted in advance, although many have an alternative mechanism for the consideration for “late-breaking” resolutions.   Most likely your state medical association will accept resolutions co-sponsored by any five physicians in the state regardless of whether they are members of the state medical society.  

 

Step 2: Make sure that the resolution conforms to the proper format for consideration by the organization – Many organizations have specific stylistic or substantive requirements that must be met for consideration of a resolution.  In addition, you may want to make certain changes to reflect the special nature of the organization with which you are working.   Furthermore, it may be that the simplest way to get a PSR resolution adopted is to link it to another related resolution

 

Step 3: Identify members of the association who could be influential in helping to persuade the association to adopt the resolution – You will have to demonstrate some general support for your message, and it never hurts to have help doing the administrative “legwork” needed to get your resolution adopted.   In addition, if you can recruit a local member of the society, preferably a leader or delegate, to support your resolution, chances of getting it passed increase dramatically.

 

Step 4: When the state medical association meets to consider your resolution, “pack” the room – Arrange for a respectable number of supporters to attend the meeting and ask them to speak in favor of the resolution, usually any licensed physician can speak at state medical meetings.   Make sure that your speakers have the information necessary to make an effective presentation.   Use materials in the PSR Voter Education Toolkit to inform your arguments.

 

Step 5: Be sure to inform PSR of your efforts and progress.   We may be able to offer assistance or put you in touch with other PSR members or other groups who are involved in similar efforts in your area.


 

 

Environmental Health

2007

California Medical Association Improving Health Through Sustainable Food Purchasing

2007

California Medical Association Modern Chemicals Policy

2005

California Medical Association Opposition to Cooperation of Physicians in Torture

2004

California Medical Association Reducing Major Sources of Diesel Exhaust

2004

California Medical Association Pesticides and Schools

2003

California Medical Association Scientific Credibility of Government Public Health Advisory Committees

2003

California Medical Association Toxicity of Computers and Electronics Waste

2002

California Medical Association Climate Change and Human Health

2002

California Medical Association Air Pollution, Energy, and Health

2001

California Medical Association DEHP Use in Neonatal Intensive Care Units Resolution

2000

California Medical Association Agricultural Pesticide Drift

2000

California Medical Association Preventing Human Mercury Exposure

2000

California Medical Association Farmworker Protection From Pesticides

2000

California Medical Association 2000 Mercury Resolution

1999

California Medical Association Healthy Schools

1998

California Medical Association PVC Plastic Use by Health Care Facilities




 

National & Global Security

2007

American Academy of Pediatrics (proposed) Opposing New Nuclear Weapons and Saving the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

2006

APHA Resolution Opposing Iraq War

2006

California Medical Association (Proposed) Opposition to Development of New Nuclear Weapons

2005

California Medical Association Opposition to Cooperation of Physicians in Torture

2000

California Medical Association Avoiding Accidental Nuclear War

1997

California Medical Association Abolition of Weapons of Mass Destruction


 

2000

SF Bay Area PSR Position Statement on Nuclear Power


 

2005

National PSR Position Statement on Iraq

2004

National PSR Position Statement on Iraq

2003

National PSR Resolution on Biopreparedness and Smallpox Vaccination Plans

2002

National PSR’s Statement on Military Intervention in Iraq

2000

National PSR’s Resolution on Military Action Against Iraq and Economic Sanctions


 

2004

 American Public Health Association: Affirming the Necessity of a Secure, Sustainable, and Health-Protective Energy Policy

2003

American Public Health Association: Strengthening the Fiscal Viability and Independence of Public Health While Responding to Terrorism

2003

American Public Health Association: Opposition to United States Plans for New Nuclear Weapons Development and Pre-emptive War

2002

American Public Health Association: APHA Policy on Smallpox Vaccination

2002

American Public Health Association: Preserving Right-To-Know Information and Encouraging Hazard Reduction to Reduce the Risk of Exposure to Toxic Substances

2002

American Public Health Association: Call for United States to Support a Strengthened Biological Weapons Convention

2001

American Public Health Association: Guiding Principles for a Public Health Response to Terrorism

2001

American Public Health Association: Opposition to National Missile Defense and the Militarization of Space

2000

American Public Health Association: Prevent, Response, and Trng for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases, including Bioterrorism

1999

American Public Health Association: Anthrax Immunization

1999

American Public Health Association: Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

1999

American Public Health Association: Taking Nuclear Weapons Off Alert

1999

American Public Health Association: Declare Proposed National Permanent Nuclear Waste Repository Site Unsafe

1998

American Public Health Association: Cessation of Continued Development of Nuclear Weapons

1997

American Public Health Association: Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention

1996

American Public Health Association: Cessation of Nuclear Testing and Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

1992

American Public Health Association: Reducing and Monitoring the Use of Toxic Materials in Production by the Departments of Defense and Energy

1989

American Public Health Association: Delay of Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), A Nuclear Waste Repository, Until Safety Is Assured

1989

American Public Health Association: Public Health Hazards at Nuclear Weapons Facilities

1987

American Public Health Association: End to Nuclear Weapons Testing and the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)

1985

American Public Health Association: The Health Effects of Militarism (Position Paper)

1984

American Public Health Association: Accountability of the Nuclear Industry to State and Local Governments for Radiation Injuries

1983

American Public Health Association: Nuclear Testing and Dumping of Nuclear Waste Materials in the Pacific Ocean

1982

American Public Health Association: Reaction to the Attack in the Nuclear Freeze Movement

1981

American Public Health Association: Nuclear War and Nuclear Weapons

1981

American Public Health Association: Nuclear Accident Liability

1979

American Public Health Association: Nuclear Power

1979

American Public Health Association: World Peace and the Military Budget

1979

American Public Health Association: The Public Health Impact of Energy Policy

1976

American Public Health Association: Energy Development and Use

1974

American Public Health Association: Energy and the Environment

1971

American Public Health Association: Conflict of Interest in the Atomic Energy Commission

1969

American Public Health Association: Chemical and Biological Methods of Warfare

1967

American Public Health Association: Radiological Health in State and Local Public Health Programs

1961

American Public Health Association: Increased Radiological Monitoring of Public Water Supplies

1958

American Public Health Association: Responsibility for Protection Against Radioactive Substances


 

1996

American College of Physicians: Resoultion from the Board of Govenors, approved by the Board of Regents. Presented at: Meeting of the American College of Physicians, October 1996; Philadelphia, PA. (no link available)

1996

American Medical Association. House of Delegates Resolution 617 (I-96). Presented at: Meeting of the House of Delegates, American Medical Association, December 1996, Chicago, IL. (no link available)

1996

Statement on Nuclear Weapons by International Admirals and Generals

1997

The Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. The Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons was established as an independent commission by the then Australian Government in November 1995 to propose practical steps towards a nuclear weapon free world including the related problem of maintaining stability and security during the transitional period and after this goal is achieved. The Nuclear Weapon Report.