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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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 email@example.com. All are welcome (not just health professionals).
Please also join us for the book launch event on Sept. 14.
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.
Recognizing the link between growing economic inequity and poor health outcomes, healthcare professionals Washington PSR’s Economic Inequity & Health task force advocates for policies that address racial and economic injustice in our state. One of our major focus areas is the housing crisis, given the significant health impacts of being unhoused.
On Monday, October 5th at 5:30 PM Pacific, WPSR 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.
We hope you will join us!
Together we will discuss why housing is healthcare and how Washington health professionals and their allies & fellow activists can advance equitable policy solutions.
Homelessness is one of the most pressing threats to public healthcare and to an individual’s health outcomes and WPSR is proud to stand in solidarity with our unhoused neighbors, friends, and family.
Wednesday, October 13, 6:00pm PT, online
New York Times cybersecurity reporter and author of the recent book, This is How They Tell Me the World Ends, Nicole Perlroth will join SF Bay PSR Board President Dr. Robert Gould and Vice President Dr. Tova Fuller for a conversation about cyber security and threats to our nuclear arsenals and energy facilities. In her book, Perlroth explains the untold story of the cyber weapons market—the most secretive, invisible, government-backed market on earth—and a terrifying first look at a new kind of global warfare. Drs. Gould and Fuller have decades of experience leading advocacy efforts for a nuclear-free world from a health perspective. How can we as activists address cyber security issues within our advocacy for a nuclear-free world? Join us for what is sure to be the start of a new approach to our activism.
Nicole Perlroth covers cybersecurity and digital espionage for The New York Times. She has covered Russian hacks of nuclear plants, airports, and elections; North Korea’s cyber attacks against movie studios, banks and hospitals; Iran’s attacks on oil companies, banks and the Trump campaign and hundreds of Chinese cyber attacks, including a months-long hack of The Times, which earned her several awards. Her first book, This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends, about the global cyber arms race, was published February 9, 2021.
A Bay Area native, Ms. Perlroth is also a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford University.
In This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends, Nicole Perlroth provides another explanation for the ever-expanding cyber assaults on the United States: the way that Washington, in its careless rush to dominate the field, has created and hypercharged a wildly lucrative, entirely unregulated gray market for insanely dangerous digital weapons that private hackers develop and then sell to the highest bidder. Which only sometimes is the United States.
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, starting as early as during a mother’s pregnancy. We’ll also discuss individual and policy level strategies to incorporate and advocate for in your own communities.
Presented by Dr. Steph Lee
Friday, October 22, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT
Lectures and workshops by experts on the increasing evidence of climate change’s impacts on health, with a focus on solutions that individual providers and the entire healthcare system can implement in their daily lives, their office/hospital. There will also be some talks on advocacy that will link to a future conference on advocacy in healthcare.
Featuring Alan Lockwood, MD, PSR Board Member
Virtual option available