You’re invited! Our 2021 events series focuses primarily on the connections between climate change, systemic racism, and health inequities.

Below please find events hosted by SF Bay PSR and other PSR chapters, as well as important events of interest to members. Please click the sign-up button above to receive our monthly events email. Events are open to everyone (not just health professionals).

ecological disaster, contaminated water comes out of the sewage system – an ecologist takes a sample of water for research

SF Bay PSR is working in collaboration with UCSF’s EaRTH Center on another Mini Med School for the Public series! This new series expands upon previous series organized by SF Bay PSR members Drs. Robin Cooper and Katherine Gundling.

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UCSF Mini Med School
Environmental Justice and Human Health:
Creating Systemic Solutions

Starting February 23 – March 30, 2021, Tuesdays, online
REGISTER HERE for the entire course or individual sessions: 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 many 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.

We especially want to invite you to this Mini Med School session,

Structural Racism and Environmental Justice in a World of Pandemics

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30pm, online

Reflecting on the devastating, disparate impacts of the COVID pandemic on communities of color, this panel will examine the role of structural racism in health outcomes and the systemic changes necessary to ensure health equity.

  • Michael Bird, MPH, MSW – Mr. Bird (Kewa Pueblo/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) has over 25 years of public health experience in the areas of medical social work, substance abuse prevention, health promotion and disease prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, behavioral health, and health care administration. Mr. Bird is the first American Indian and social worker to serve as President (2000-2001) of the American Public Health Association.
  • Judy Young, MPH – Ms. Young is the Executive Director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the Co-Founder of the UCSF Black Women’s Health and Livelihood Initiative.
  • Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH – Dr. Murray is an internal and occupational medicine physician who has been a champion of social justice and outspoken advocate for the medically underserved for more than 40 years. She will talk about the devastating, disparate impacts of the COVID pandemic on essential workers and how policy solutions directed towards occupational health are central to racial, economic, and environmental justice.
  • Patrice Sutton, MPH – Ms. Sutton is a Research Scientist who has worked with the UCSF PRHE since 2008, focused on advancing evidence-based, health protective action on environmental health science in clinical and policy arenas. She has over 35 years of experience in occupational and environmental health research, industrial hygiene, public health practice, policy development and community-based advocacy. Ms. Sutton is currently the Chair of the Environmental Health Committee of SF Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility.

WATCH recordings of previous UCSF Mini Med School series organized by SF Bay PSR members Drs. Katherine Gundling and Robin Cooper, with talks by many SF Bay PSR members.

Part 1: The Health Emergency of Climate Change
Part 2: The Health Emergency of Our Changing Climate: Evolving Public Health Strategies in the 21st Century




An award-winning, anti-nuclear film by SF Bay PSR member Judy Irving, and Christopher Beaver and Ruth Landy

For every ticket purchased, $2 will be donated to Physicians for Social Responsibility! (Thank you Judy!)


It’s been 75 years since the start of the Atomic Age, with the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing hundreds of thousands of civilians, but its trail of destruction has never ended.

Dark Circle covers both the period’s beginnings and its aftermath, providing a scientific primer on the catastrophic power of nuclear energy while also relating tragic human stories detailing the devastating toll radioactive toxicity has taken on people and livestock—focusing in large part on Rocky Flats, Colorado, whose plutonium processing facility infamously contaminated the surrounding area.

Documentary Grand Prize winner at Sundance, Academy shortlisted for Best Documentary, and Emmy winner, Dark Circle is no less potent today than it was 40 years ago. The new 2K HD Restoration done at FotoKem was assisted by AMPAS and supervised by co-director Judy Irving.

Dark Circle is one of the most horrifying films I’ve seen, and also sometimes one of the funniest (if you can laugh at the same things in real life that you found amusing in Dr. Strangelove). Using powers granted by the Freedom of Information Act, and sleuthing that turned up government film the government didn’t even know it had, the producers of this film have created a mosaic of the Atomic Age. It is a tribute to the power of the material, and to the relentless digging of the filmmakers, that the movie is completely riveting. Four Stars!” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“You owe it to yourself to see this chilling documentary. A much-needed warning sign on a very dangerous road. Rated: A.” – People Magazine

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Ending Nuclear Weapons Before They End Us: Opportunities Under the Biden Administration to Take Action

Hosted by PSR National

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 8:00am – 11:30pm PT (11:00am – 2:30pm ET)

Please join us 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.


Prof. Zia Mian, Princeton; Prof. Michael Klare, Hampshire College; Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN (based in Geneva); Denise Duffield, PSR-Los Angeles & Back from the Brink; Tom Countryman, Former acting Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security for President Barack Obama

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Communicating the Climate in the Biden Administration

Hosted by Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Friday, March 5, 2021, 9:00 am PT (noon ET)

Hear from former Obama administration officials about what to expect from the Biden White House on climate and the opportunity the Biden White House has to build a base for climate action. Sponsored by the Yale Center for Environmental Communication with the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy.

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A Just Recovery Gathering

Hosted by 350.0rg

Friday, April 9 – 11, 2021, a three-day event online

The Global Just Recovery Gathering is a three-day, fully online event with hands-on trainings, interactive workshops, and a powerful lineup of climate leaders from all over the world. The Gathering is for everyone — whether you’re a seasoned organizer or new to the movement — to come together to design new pathways to build a better future for all.

At the Gathering, you will build your skills, strengthen relationships, and hear from movement leaders, artists, musicians, and climate activists in every corner of the world. Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Hakima Abbas, Vandana Shiva, Ailton Krenak, Nnimmo Bassey and Eriel Deranger have all confirmed participation, and more will be announced soon!

Racial Equity Reading Group

Next discussions on Wednesday, March 3, April 14, May 19, June 30, September 30, November 17
7:00 pm PT, online

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

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.

SF Bay PSR Committee Meetings

Environmental Health Committee

NEXT meeting will be on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7:00 pm, via Zoom.
Meetings are held on Wednesdays, every other month on Feb 17, April 21, June 16, Aug 18, Oct 20, Dec 15

EHC members continue to work energetically during the pandemic on wide-ranging collaborative efforts to engage health professional students and institutions to address the unceasing threats of our climate to our health.

Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee

NEXT meeting will be on Thursday, March 11, 2021, 7:00 pm, via Zoom
Meetings are held on Thursdays, every other month on Jan 14, Mar 11, May 13, July 8, Sept 9, Nov 11

Founded in June 2020, the NWAC is composed of health professionals and others working locally to influence public awareness, civic engagement, and national policy via California Members of Congress toward a nuclear weapons free world. Toward the latter, we endorse the Back from the Brink campaign and its policy platforms.

To join a committee please email

Read more about our committees on the EHC and NWAC pages.

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SF Bay PSR Hosted Events Calendar