We’ve invested deeply in educating the public and health professionals on our issues—health, racial, and social inequities, climate crisis, toxics, and nuclear weapons abolition—through dozens of presentations at medical schools, hospitals, and community events. We’ve also launched a new student internship to mentor and train young health professionals in leadership and policy advocacy.
To learn more about how to join our education efforts, please visit our Volunteer page.
For more information about our public Events Series, including our Racial Equity Reading Group and links to recorded events, please visit our Events page.
MEDICAL SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Our members spearheaded the initial environmental health curriculum at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford medical schools which has now grown to include many more faculty and students nationwide. These efforts include environmental health electives, student projects, and the ultimate goal of interweaving environmental health throughout the entire national medical school curriculum. Toward that goal, SF Bay PSR members mentored several of the students who launched the Planetary Health Report Card, a tool designed to encourage medical schools to include environmental health in their curriculum.
SF Bay PSR members are dedicated to providing educational opportunities for health professionals and the general public such as courses, webinars, and panel discussions.
In addition to launching our own events series, SF Bay PSR members developed, implemented, and participated in dozens of educational opportunities. Some highlights include:
- SF Bay PSR public Events Series with a special focus on the connections between climate change, systemic racism, and health inequities. Our events page includes a calendar of our live, online events and recordings of past events.
- Mini-Medical School for the Public at UCSF, now available online, The Health Emergency of Climate Change, and The Health Emergency of Our Changing Climate Part 2: Evolving Public Health Strategies in the 21st Century
- NorCal Symposium on Climate Change and Pandemic Resilience in Health Care
- American Public Health Association’s Annual Conference
- Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s (CHE) webinar series, Generation Chemical: How Environmental Exposures are Affecting Reproductive Health and Development
- Environmental Health curriculum continues to be developed and integrated into the greater M.D. curriculum with the help of enthusiastic medical students at Stanford and UCSF medical schools.
- SF Bay PSR Board member Dr. Tom Newman received a 2019-2020 Outstanding Lecture Award from the UCSF School of Medicine for his lecture “The Health Emergency of our Changing Climate.”
- In addition SF Bay PSR members are working within the American Academy of Pediatrics to develop climate change health education for board recertification, and a climate-focused break out session at an upcoming AAP conference; leading efforts within the American Academy of Dermatology to create webinars and a special issue of the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology dedicated to the topic of climate change and dermatology; and working within the Sierra Club, to develop a climate and health literacy curriculum within the Oakland school district.