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Please note: Many events have been cancelled, postponed or moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with local organizers to confirm events and follow local safety guidelines if attending events in person.

Combating Racism in Healthcare: How to Connect with Communities in Trauma (Virtual)
Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm

With SF Bay PSR Board Member Dr. Jeff Ritterman
Hosted by Doctors for America

Monday, September 20, 5:00 pm PT/ 8:00 pm ET

Jeff Ritterman, MD, suggests that doctors be required to train in combating medical racism in order to maintain licensure. He will share a brief presentation followed by a conversation with CEO of Sustain Equity, Kayla Hicks to connect on the impact of racism on marginalized communities.

Learn how you can begin to advocate for medical institutions and systems across the country and work to end health disparities through the implementation of Anti-Racism Curriculum.

Teen Environmental Activism and Self Care: Finding Balance for the Journey (Virtual Youth Educational Program)
Sep 21 – Nov 30 all-day
New Educational Program for youth ages 14 – 22!

Hosted by Sierra Club-SF Bay, and co-sponsored by SF Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility and Climate Psychiatry Alliance

September 21 – November 30, 2021
Alternate Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30pm PT, on Zoom

Now more than ever, teens have become increasingly aware of the threat posed to the future of our planet and all life on Earth. Today’s young adults must face the reality of rising sea levels, species extinction, wildfires, floods, and global instability, which for many can lead to feelings of climate anxiety and overwhelm. In order to create lasting and sustainable change as youth environmental activists, it is essential to find tools that can support our well-being throughout these demanding times.

This series, developed by rising high school junior Ella Suring, is designed to give teens these tools through presentations by leaders in the environmental and wellness worlds so that we are rooted in a connection to nature, and an awareness of what we are trying to protect. Throughout the series, we aim to build a community that supports the work of teen activists now and going forward.

Details & Schedule here

San Francisco Bay PSR’s Annual Gala (Virtual)
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

SAVE the DATE: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
TIME: 6:00-8:15pm Pacific Time
LOCATION: online

KEYNOTE SPEAKER/GUEST OF HONOR: Daniel Ellsberg (Read recent NY Times article here.)
The event will also include AWARDS to three young health activists and a SILENT AUCTION.

Tickets: $120
Residents, fellows, and those who cannot afford $100: $20
Students and awardee families: Free

Individuals who donate $500 or more to the gala will be acknowledged during the event.


NorCal Symposium for Climate, Health, and Equity (Virtual)
Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hosted by UCSF, UC Davis, and Stanford, with SF Bay PSR members included in programming

Friday, September 24, 2021, Noon – 7:00 pm PT

Healthcare professionals and students will learn about climate change as a social justice issue, the health and equity issues in communities made vulnerable by racism and poverty, and concrete solutions to change clinical practice that can address inequities and improve care.

Climate change will disproportionately burden Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities and communities with higher rates of poverty. Healthcare institutions have a profound role to play in understanding the health effects of climate change in communities made vulnerable by poverty and racism and partnering with communities to provide services that best address the surrounding communities needs. The symposium this year places community engagement at its core with sessions on the themes of food systems, wildfire and air pollution, advocacy, and education co-developed by community partners.


4th Annual Event with Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Honoring Dr. Bernard Lown (Virtual GBPSR Event))
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm

Greater Boston PSR (GBPSR) and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) are pleased to host a very special fourth annual event to address the twin existential threats of nuclear war and climate change. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with restrictions on large gatherings in effect in Boston, the special event will be streamed live on-line, beginning at 7:00pm, on Saturday, September 25th, 2021. This event will feature live music from world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and chamber musicians from the Longwood Symphony Orchestra. Attendance to this virtual event is FREE, but sponsorships on behalf of both our organizations, no matter the amount, will be appreciated and put to good use.

Learn more

Eliminating the Existential Threat of Nuclear Weapons (Virtual Event)
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am
Joining together to abolish nuclear weapons: The Red Cross, Rotary International, IPPNW and UN

These powerful international organizations are partnering to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons—as a public health imperative—in a September 30 virtual event, 11:00 am Eastern time. Global health federations representing millions of health professionals are co-sponsoring this event: International Council of Nurses, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, the World Federation of Public Health Association, and the World Medical Association.


  • Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs  (The first-ever UN General Assembly resolution called for total elimination of nuclear weapons.)
  • Shekhar Mehta, President, Rotary International (Rotary International is the largest NGO on Earth)
  • Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (The Red Cross has supported nuclear weapons abolition since 1945.)
  • Moderator: Dr. Ruth Mitchell, Board Chair, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (PSR is the United States affiliate of IPPNW, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for its international work to prevent nuclear war.)

For more information and to register, click here.


Racial Equity Reading Group (SF Bay PSR Virtual Event)
Sep 30 @ 7:45 pm

You’re invited! SF Bay PSR has launched an informal reading and discussion group to learn more about issues of structural racism and inequity, particularly as they negatively impact public health and medicine.

Thurs., Sept 30 at 7:45 pm PDT: Join us for a special discussion of Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine

To join please email All are welcome (not just health professionals).

Please also join us for the book launch event on Sept. 14.

Nuclear Weapons: A Public Health Issue (GBPSR Virtual Event)
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm

Save the Date

Mon. Oct. 4 at Noon Eastern

GBPSR and the Massachusetts Medical Society co-sponsor this one hour forum, moderated by Dr. Jennifer Leaning from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and featuring speakers from across the country. CME and risk management credit are available.

More details and registration link coming soon.

Health & Homelessness: Advocating for Equitable Policy Together (WPSR Virtual Event)
Oct 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

On Tues. October 5th at 5:30 PM PT, Washington PSR will host a panel of leaders and community members for a special virtual event where we will discuss why housing is a health issue and how Washington health professionals and fellow activists can advance equitable policy solutions together.

We are thrilled to be joined by an incredible panel, including: State Representative Nicole Macri (D-43); Dr. Richard Waters, medical director for Neighborcare Health’s Housing & Street Outreach Programs; Seema Clifasefi, PhD, MSW, co-director of the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center at Harborview medical center; and community leaders with lived experience navigating the health impacts of homelessness.


PSR PA Webinar: Clean Air and Asthma by Dr. Steph Lee
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm
To encourage more community engagement in all of our virtual worlds, PSR PA hosts a monthly webinar! Join us each month as we explore topics related to environmental health, violence prevention, and climate solutions, with a special focus on PA.
Mon. Oct. 18 at 6:00 pm EDT

Ambient air pollution is harmful to children – but to what degree?
We review the latest evidence on indoor and outdoor air pollution’s effects on children’s health.

Presented by Dr. Steph Lee