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.
PSR Wisconsin’s environmental arm and essentially a committee group focused on environmental health, called Wisconsin Environmental Health Network is hosting a virtual series focused on environment toxins and the health implications. The series will be hosted virtually throughout February and March 2021.
Thursday, February 11 at 7:00pm CT
Arlene Blum, PhD – “A Scientific Strategy towards Healthier People and Planet: Science + Communication + Decision Makers = Positive Change”
Thursday, February 25 at 7:00pm CT
Linda Birnbaum, PhD – “Perils of PFAS: Our Health & Regulation”
Thursday, March 11 at 7:00pm CT
Christine Till, PhD, C.Psych – “Fluoride and the Developing Brain”
Thursday, March 25 at 7:00pm CT
Leo Trasande, MD, MPP – “Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: New Knowledge of Health Effects and Policy Implications”
This series is free for the public. There is also an opportunity for CME/CE credit at an additional cost.
UCSF Mini Med School
Starting February 23 – March 30, 2021, Tuesdays, online
REGISTER HERE: Open to the general public
- Co-chairs include Annemarie Charlesworth, MA, Director of the UCSF EaRTH Center Community Engagement Core, Nadia Gaber, PhD, UCSF Postdoctoral Fellow and medical student, and SF Bay PSR leaders Patrice Sutton, MPH, and Robert Gould, MD.
- Speakers include several SF Bay PSR members.
- Co-sponsors include the UCSF EaRTH Center, Climate Health Center, and Student Advisory Group, and San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility.
This series will explore a range of environmental contributors to human health and disease through the lens of our most vulnerable populations, and seek to identify and advocate for systemic solutions by health professionals and community members.
Human health is inseparable from environmental health. Our exposure to toxic environmental chemicals through air, water, food, and consumer products is contributing to a surge in chronic disease (cancer, asthma, diabetes, COPD, etc.), developmental delay, neurodegenerative disease, and infertility. Our climate emergency’s concomitant catastrophic events (hurricanes, wildfires, floods, famine, etc.) are driving massive human displacement as populations flee climate-fueled war, conflict, and environmental degradation. In the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how the web of life connects human health to other species and global health, and the importance of systemic solutions.
Environmental threats to human health are not experienced equally among populations. Structural and institutional racism, and other economic and public policy choices underlie the fact that some communities suffer more and die earlier from environmental health harms. While healthcare professionals work to mitigate the suffering of individuals, the etiology and enduring solutions to these problems are systemic, and as such, require solutions that address the upstream influences on health at a society-wide level.
Opportunities Under the Biden Administration to Take Action
Please join us on March 4, 2021 for a virtual policy briefing and workshop series to call on the Biden administration to prioritize the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. The event is convened by Back from the Brink (BftB) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) with support from many partner organizations. The virtual event will feature an expert panel discussion and Q&A, followed by a series of workshops to help advocates generate the public and political will needed for a fundamental change in U.S. nuclear weapons policy.
Featured PSR speakers:
Denise Duffield, PSR-Los Angeles
Allen Hester, PSR National
Kelly Campbell, Oregon PSR
Called to Heal: Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility engages the community to create a healthy, peaceful, just, and sustainable world.
Register today for our inaugural virtual fundraising event, the WPSR Health Justice Gala.
On March 6th we will (by way of YouTube) celebrate the work of WPSR, chart a course for our future, and raise a bunch of money! We’ll hear from WPSR’s Board President, Mark Vossler, MD ; WPSR’s Executive Director, Max Savishinsky ; and a keynote address from activist Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali.
We know that coal, oil and fracked gas wreak havoc on our climate, put our health and safety at risk, and target harm on low-income communities of color. Fighting fossil fuel infrastructure is one of the best things we can do for public health. We know that industry is perpetuating racial and environmental injustices that are then magnified further in times of crisis. Join Washington PSR to hear how health is inseparable from climate justice and how these new rules move us closer to protecting communities!
Oregon PSR remembers the triple nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant in Japan on March 11th, 2011. To mark the ten year anniversary of this tragic event, we are hosting a film screening and panel discussion to explore the lasting impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the problems inherent in the nuclear power industry.
Physicians, health personnel and everyone; all are welcomed at our meetings held on the THIRD FRIDAY of each month!
New Instructions for Covid Meetings:
For more information contact Dr. Terry Clark, Chair, 633-0892 or Dr. Lew Patrie, 299-1242.
Join Chicago PSR and our student health professional chapters, including Loyola SSOM GEMS, Pritzker Students for Sustainability and Rush University Students for Social Responsibility for a webinar on Health Professional Student Sustainability Advocacy.
Sarah Hsu, MD candidate at Brown University in RI, founding leader and Vice Chair of Medical Students for a Sustainable Future, and host of the Code Green podcast will host the event.
Students from our 3 Chicago-area chapters will present information on activism they have been doing.