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 physicians).

California Legislative Review 2021

February 24, 2021, 7:00-8:15 pm PT, via Zoom

Wondering what proposals to watch and support in the 2021 session of the California legislature? We will review legislative efforts related to environmental health and the climate crisis, and explore opportunities to advocate strategically.

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Avinash Kar, senior attorney and director, State Health Policy, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Kar’s legal advocacy is focused on reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock and the presence of pesticides and toxic chemicals in consumer products and the environment. He also served on the California Air Resources Board’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee and advised the board on AB 32, California’s historic law slashing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Kathy Dervin is currently co-founder and holds several leadership positions with Bay Area and has served on Sierra Club committees including their international committee delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, 2015. She has held positions as senior policy analyst at the Center for Climate Change and Health/Public Health Institute (Oakland) and with the California Department of Public Health, Center for Climate Change and Health. She coordinated and co-authored the state’s plan Preparing California for Extreme Heat and Integrating Public Health in Climate Action Planning (for city planners).


Fact Sheet – SB 467 (End Fracking and Dangerous Drilling)-2-1 copy

Resources on new rule to update health and safety protections from oil and gas, CA GEM

Independent Scientific Assessment of Well Stimulation in California, Vol. 1 (SB4)

Will Barrett is director of Advocacy and Clean Air at the American Lung Association. He leads their work on clean air and climate change policy in California, focusing on vehicle emission standards, smart growth and clean fuels policies. Also, he represents the American Lung Association before the California Legislature and federal, state, regional and local agencies. He also serves on the steering committee of Climate Plan and the board of directors for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies. 


Tell President Biden: Act on Climate for Healthier Lungs

Sign Our Petition to Support the Transition to Electric Vehicles

Sign Up for Health Professionals for Clean Air and Climate Action newsletter

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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.

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

Other Events of Interest

Climate Change, Health, and Healthcare: Policy Implications for 2021

Hosted by NorCal: Mini Symposium for Climate and Pandemic Resilience, sponsored jointly by Stanford and UCSF.

Thursday, February 18, 2021, Noon-1:30 pm PT, online

Dr. Renee Salas will discuss how to apply a climate lens to health policy as we consider opportunities to green clinics and hospitals and train a climate-ready workforce.
Dr. Salas is an Affiliated Faculty and previous Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and a Yerby Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is also a practicing emergency medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Salas has served as the lead author for the 2018-2020 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief since 2018 and founded and leads its Working Group of over 70 U.S. organizations working at the nexus of climate change and health. Dr. Salas was a co-director for the first Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Symposium and co-leads the broader initiative in partnership with The New England Journal of Medicine. She also serves on the planning committee for the National Academy of Medicine’s Climate Change and Human Health Initiative and has testified before Congress for the full House Committee on Oversight and Reform on how climate change is harming health.

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Climate Change and Dermatology – Lecture Series #2

Hosted by the Association of Professors of Dermatology

Thursday, February 18, 5:30 – 7:00 pm PT, online


Heat-related Illnesses: Where does the skin come in? – Mary Williams, MD (SF Bay PSR & UCSF)
Dermatologic Manifestations of Extreme Weather – Justin Bandino, MD (San Antonio Military Medical Center)
Ticks and Climate Change – Dirk Elston, MD (MUSC)
Plastic Use in the Office and Plastic Waste – Mary Maloney, MD (UMass)
Reducing Your Personal Carbon Footprint – John Barbieri, MD (UPenn)

Racial Equity Reading Group

NEXT MEETING will be Wednesday, March 3, 2021, online
To join please email  Non-physicians are welcome!

2021 meeting dates, Wednesdays: April 14, May 19, June 30, September 30, November 17

You’re invited! SF Bay PSR has launched an informal reading and discussion group to learn more about issues of racial equity, particularly as they relate to the fields of public health and medicine. We read a different book or articles every 4-6 weeks, followed by a 60- to 90-minute discussion on Zoom. This online, drop-in group is open to anyone (not just physicians) seeking to deepen their personal understanding of issues related to systemic racism and strengthen their commitment toward creating a more just, equitable, and healthy world.

Click here for more info and our list of past and future readings.

SF Bay PSR Committee Meetings

Environmental Health Committee

NEXT meeting will be on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 7:00 pm, via Zoom.
Meetings are held on Wednesdays in Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct, Dec

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 in Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov

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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