Join PSR as we welcome the internationally renowned nuclear weapons expert, Ira Helfand, MD, past president of PSR National and co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (recipients of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize). Dr. Helfand will discuss "Where Are We Now?"
This event is in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It will take place during the M.A.D. (Mutual Assured Destruction) exhibit by sculptor H.D. Ivey. Please sign up for this free event by clicking here.
Nukes Grad School: A Briefing for Peace Activists
with Dr. Ira Helfand
- co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and
co-president of The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War,
which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.
Topics will include:
- Overview of the study by Dr. Helfand: "Nuclear Famine: Two Billion at Risk? Global Impacts of Limited Nuclear War on Agriculture, Food Supplies, and Human Nutrition"
- Iran negotiations and hot-spots for a regional exchange
- Progress on nuclear proliferation and disarmament
- Nuclear power, nuclear waste, radiation exposure
- Nuclear terrorism
Light refreshments will be served. Register here for this free program.
Read recent articles and publications by Dr. Helfand and articles citing his work.
Dr. Walter Tsou's travels to Cuba
Join PSR for an anniversary celebration and toast to 35 amazing years at the amazing Oaks Cloister! The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres, drinks, live music and a special house tour!
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For one day only, Sunday, November 30th, Ten Thousand Villages has again agreed to support PSR Philadelphia with a community shopping event! FIVE different Ten Thousand Villages stores (Center City, Chestnut Hill, Exton, King of Prussia and Media) will donate 15% of net sales to PSR Philadelphia when you shop between noon and 5 this day! Join us!
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As part of our ongoing efforts to prevent Violence Prevention, PSR will screen the film Bully, a documentary which focuses on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across the United States. Doors will open at 6:30. The screening will begin held at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a round table featuring Dr. David Hall. This event will take place at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, with doors opening at 6:30 and the screening starting at 7.
Join PSR on November 5th, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, for First, Do No Harm: Taking Action For Health. Geared for health professionals, public health advocates, and health students, the event will feature a light reception, speakers and dessert. Speakers include Lenore Resick, PhD, CRNP, from Duquesne University, Yashmina Beebeejuan, PhD, from University College London and Dr. Daniel Wolk, a local physican activist and PSR Health Ambassador.
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Join PSR Philadelphia, Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment and PennEnvironment to call for an investigation of the allegations of the silencing of employees from the PA Department of Health. We are also calling on health professionals, public health advocates and the public to demand a health registry for those who believe they have been affected by operations from unconventional gas drilling (fracking) as well as industry workers. We also ask that legislators and the PA Health Department establish a Health Impact Assessment from this industry's practices.
Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Capitol Rotunda, Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg, PA (Just an 8 minute walk from the Amtrak train station.)
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Join PSR on Wednesday, July 30th between 4 to 8 p.m. for Media's annual event to Stroll, Shop & Dine! Ten Thousand Villages will donate 15% of net sales (gift cards excluded) to PSR to support our programs on health advocacy, violence prevention and environmental action.
On Sunday May 4th, PSR is once again partnering with Ten Thousand Villages for a community shopping event. From 12 - 5 on May 4th, Ten Thousand Villages of Center City will donate 15% of their total sales to PSR! Ten Thousand Villages offers a unique assortment of fair trade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. This is a great opportunity to shop for Mother's Day, find a gift for that wedding you're headed to or pick up something for the graduate in your life!
Join us at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA for the 8th annual Legs Against Arms 5K run / 1K walk. The certified race starts at 9 a.,m. Family fun immediately follows the race. Prizes given to winners in various age and sex categories as well as largest team. Race results posted online. Visit our LAA page for more information or to register as a team, family or individual. Great way to train for the #BroadStreetRun.
Join PSR as we present "Groundswell Rising - Protecting Our Children's Air and Water," a new film that gives firsthand accounts of how the gas and oil industry affects public health, private property and the lifeblood of communities.
5 - 5:15: Registration / Check In
5:15 - 5:25: Welcome and Acknowledgements
Carla Campbell, MD, MS, FAAP, Drexel School of Public Health & board member of PSR Philadelphia
5:25 - 6:45: Screening of Groundswell Rising
6:45 - 7:10: Panel Discussion:
Moderator: Dr. Campbell
Allison Insley, Occupational and Environmental Health Club & Drexel Public Health student
Poune Saberi, MD, MPH, Board Member of PSR Philadelphia
Mark Licthy, film producer
7:10 - 7:15: Call for Action
This program is made possible by Drexel University's Environmental & Occupational Health Club, Drexel Sierra Student Coalition, and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Philadelphia.
REGISTER HERE - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. YOU MAY STILL JOIN US. CLICK ON "REGISTRATION HERE" TO SEE LOCATION. PLEASE ARRIVE BEFORE 5 PM TO REGISTER ONSITE.
About the Speakers:
Carla Campbell, MD, MS, FAAP, is an Associate Teaching Professor of Public Health at the Drexel School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. She has done work around childhood lead poisoning management and prevention for many years. She is an attending pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was the Medical Director of the Lead Evaluation Clinic for 11 years, and is Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Campbell also served as pediatric consultant to the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health for 12 years. She is currently Principal Investigator for the Philadelphia Lead Court Study sponsored by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Public Health Law Research Program. Dr. Campbell received a BS from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, a MD degree from the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine, Lexington, KY and a MS in Community Medicine from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. She is on the board of PSR Philadelphia, among other organizations.
Allison Insley is a student at Drexel University's School of Public Health and a member of the Environmental & Occupational Health Club.
Pouné Saberi, MD, MPH, is an Occupational and Environmental Medicine physician and has more than ten years of clinical experience as a primary care doctor and public health specialist. She serves on the board of directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility Philadelphia and on the National PSR board, is a member of Climate 911, and volunteers as a content advisor for the organization, Protecting Our Waters. She is currently working on several projects related to health and hydro fracturing operations in the Marcellus Shale funded by Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Saberi graduated with her medical degree and Masters of Public Health from Tufts University.
Mark Lichty, Esq., Executive Producer, has long been involved in issues of social justice and change through organizations such as Common Cause, Project for Nuclear Awareness and others. He is an attorney and former CEO of Bustin Industrial Products. Having been in manufacturing for many years in an ISO 9000 certified company, he is deeply concerned about the safety issues not being addressed by the Oil and Gas industry. He sees fracking as the biggest environmental threat in his lifetime. www.groundswellrising.com
The event is free. However, registration is required.
PSR Philadelphia is launching its new initiative, PSR presents Movies on Campus: Short Films, Refreshments & Discussion on Environment, Health & Advocacy. We are partnering with several universities to show short videos or movie clips on an environmental theme, followed by short presentations and an interactive discussion with the audience, led by a PSR representative. Themes will include climate change, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and toxins. The events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, February 4th, 5:30-7 at Jefferson on Toxins in Everyday Products
Tuesday, February 25th, 5 - 6:30 p.m. at Temple on Fracking
Monday, March 17th, 4:30 - 6 p.m. at USciences on Climate
These events have already taken place. Please view the PSR News tab for a summary, resources and Action links or click here.
Download the flyer for all dates, locations and speakers.
Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, is a nationally known consultant on public health and health care reform. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches health policy at their Center for Public Health Initiatives. He was President of the American Public Health Association in 2005. He served as Health Commissioner of Philadelphia from April 2000 to February 2002. Prior to his appointment, he was the founding Deputy Director for Personal Health Services and Medical Director of the Montgomery County (PA) Health Department from 1991-2000. He has extensive experience in public health and has lectured widely on public health and health disparities.
Dr. Tsou is a founding member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners and National Board Advisor at Physicians for a National Health Program. He is on the Board of the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum. Locally he is president of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility and on the boards of Health Care for All Pennsylvania, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Healthy Philadelphia, the Edna Kynett Foundation, and the SQ Foundation.
In 2012, Dr. Tsou received the International House Vision Award. In 2007, he received the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition’s Award. In 2006, he received the Public Health Recognition Award from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. His medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania; his MPH is from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, and he has an honorary Doctorate in Medical Sciences from Drexel University.
Pouné Saberi, MD, MPH is an Occupational and Environmental Medicine physician and has more than ten years of clinical and public health experience. She is currently working on several projects related to health and hydro dracturing operations in the Marcellus Shale, funded by Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Saberi serves on the Philadelphia Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, on the board of PSR National, is a member of Climate 911, and volunteers as a content advisor for the organization, Protecting Our Waters.
Dr. Saberi holds a medical degree and a Masters in Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Eat, Drink, Act: Engagement for the Heart and Mind
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to postpone this event, scheduled for December 6th. If you've registered already, a PSR staffer will be in touch in the coming days regarding your registration fee(s).
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The Jefferson University Student Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, in collaboration with the American Medical Student Association, the Philadelphia Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR Philadelphia), and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR National)
Chemical Weapons, Syria and the Need for a Mideast Weapons of Mass Destruction-FREE Zone
with Robert Gould, MD (of PSR San Francisco)
Date: October 31, 2013
Time: Noon—1 pm
Place: Jefferson University School of Medicine, Alumi Hall, Room 407
Light refreshments will be served.
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Hosted by CeaseFirePA
Friday, September 20th
11am to 4:30 pm
Harrisburg, PA- Exact Location TBD
YOU’RE INVITED: The Pennsylvania Gun Violence Prevention Strategy Summit to meet and strategize with other Pennsylvanians who care about gun violence prevention and to organize around the local, state and national discussion on gun reform. You will be a part of the conversation to devise a coordinated state strategy to bring about the common sense reforms in gun policy that we need in Pennsylvania.
• Gather all groups, advocates and committed Pennsylvanians who work on common sense gun violence prevention measures in PA.
• An overview of the current state policies on guns, how they impact Pennsylvanians and what we can do to make them stronger.
• Help plan and strategize coordination across various groups and gun violence prevention goals. This conversation is most valuable if the key members of each group can be coordinated. Please send the person that best fits this description.
• To educate and train new and experienced organizers on how they can best contribute, within the state and nationally, to the gun violence prevention fight.
• This summit will include messaging and policy training; organizing skills trainings as well as a discussions on overall strategy for the coalition, for the state of PA, in the short term and long term.
***This event is free of charge and includes lunch***
On October 31st, health professionals from across the country will descend on Washington, DC, delivering a Prescription for Climate Action. Find out how you can help!
Join us for
First, Do No Harm: Putting Health First in Climate & Energy Issues
Reception, Short Films and Conversation on Global Warming and Fracking
on Thursday, September 12, 2013
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, Philadelphia, PA
Health professionals and health professional students are invited to join us at a networking reception and several short films. An expert panel discussion will follow: Pouné Saberi, MD, MPH, PSR Board Member, will lead a short discussion on the links between climate and fracking. Lenore Resick, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, clinical professor and endowed chair at Duquesne University, will address the health impacts from fracking. Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, PSR Board President, will give a legislative update, including the doctors' gag rule (Act 13) imposed on clinicians wanting information on fracking to treat patients. Iris Marie Bloom, of Protecting Our Waters, will offer action steps for health professionals. Learn why what happens upstream in rural Pennsylvania matters to those of us living downstream.
Vegetarian hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Moore Brothers Wine Company will conduct a wine tasting. Saint Benjamin’s Brewery, a microbrewery will serve its local beers, made with organic or sustainable ingredients. Philadelphia Water Department will provide the water. A dessert reception with Bassetts Ice Cream and dessert trays by Whole Foods will follow the panel discussion.
- $20 per person
- $10 for professional health students (age 21+), includes PSR membership for one year
- $135, includes PSR membership for one year
(5 volunteer scholarships to professional health students available. See the volunteer description and instructions.)
Event sponsored by Moore Brothers Wine Company, Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, Environmental and Engineering Solutions, Inc., Community Energy, Inc., Bassetts Ice Cream, Whole Foods, and Avanda Flowers. Download sponsor flyer.
Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.
Come see how PSR is playing a significant role in fulfilling its mission of protecting health, the environment and communities.
Like most folks, we need air conditioning at our offices and homes because days are getting hotter and nights are staying warmer. Before you turn up the AC to cool off, consider powering up with renewable energy. By making the choice to switch to clean energy you are supporting the move away from fossil fuels which contribute to global warming. Both homes and businesses can make the switch to safer energy produced in Pennsylvania and support PSR at the same time! Click this link to learn about rates and make the choice.
Our partner, Community Energy, is offering an Open House of Pennsylvania's largest solar farm, which is situated on 30 acres of land in Lancaster County, The solar tour & open house is open to customers, partners, friends, family, and newcomers. It's a great day to spend with the kids. They will offer an interactive tour, catered lunch and informational presentations. They will also provide Clean Energy Explorer activities for the kids.
Registration starts at 10:30, tour at 11, lunch at 12 in the Kreider Barn, presentation and kids activities at 12:30. Ends at 1:30.
Community Energy is the only energy supplier that also develops renewable energy within Pennsylvania. PSR believes in clean energy that does not result in pollution or harm to human or environmental health.
To register online, directions and for more information visit this link.
PSR Philadelphia will welcome PSR National Executive Director, Catherine Thomasson, MD, on Friday, June 21st at 6 p.m. at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, 19103. Dr. Thomasson will discuss the catastrophic humanitarian impacts of nuclear war and introduce PSR's new report. Re-engage in this conversation with PSR and our partner, Project for Nuclear Awareness. RSVP here or email Info@PNAusa.org.