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SF Bay PSR worked in collaboration with UCSF’s EaRTH Center on another Mini Med School for the Public series! This 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

February 23 – March 30, 2021
WATCH RECORDED SESSIONS HERE : 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.

SERIES OVERVIEW

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

California Legislative Review 2021

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

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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PARTICIPANTS

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 350.org 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).

RESOURCES

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.

RESOURCES

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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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
WATCH Recording HERE

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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The Fire Next Time

The Devastating Effects of Climate Change, Racism, and Health Inequities on Black and Brown Communities

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 9:00-10:15 am PT / noon-1:15 pm ET, on Zoom
WATCH Recording
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Co-sponsored by Climate Health Now and San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility.

The subtle and deadly change of heart that might occur in you would be involved with the realization that a civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless. – James Baldwin, author of The Fire Next Time

You can’t have climate change without sacrifice zones, and you can’t have sacrifice zones without disposable people, and you can’t have disposable people without racism. — Hop Hopkins, The Sierra Club

Too often climate change, systemic racism, and health inequities are seen as siloed and disconnected from one another. This webinar will examine how these important issues and concerns intersect and compound each other—often with devastating consequences for communities of color. We look forward to discussing a more holistic and integrative approach to addressing the host of challenges facing Black and Brown people. Our hope is that after viewing this webinar, participants will leave with a renewed sense of urgency and more determination to be strong advocates and allies for hard-hit and marginalized communities.

PARTICIPANTS

We are thrilled to announce our key speakers.

Dr. Linda Rae Murray has been a voice for social justice and health as a basic human right for over 50 years. Currently she is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health and she serves on many local and national boards including the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. She remains passionate about increasing the number of Black and Latino health professionals. Read more.

Lindsay Harper is the Arm in Arm National Core Support Team Coordinator, working to organize  communities to ignite a transformational era that ends the climate crisis centering racial and economic justice. Lindsay began her work in environmental, economic and social justice in 2013 with the launch of her flagship global initiative GreenGoingForward. She believes that in seeking economic development, utilizing a community-lead approach to business education can facilitate strong #InKind economies, create multi-generational wealth, and build leadership and capacity.  Applying these principles will directly address the systemic economic issues perpetuating the climate crisis. Learn more about Lindsay Harper’s work with the US Climate Network.

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Advocacy in Action

Environmental Injustice in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point: Addressing the Enduring Health Harms of Nuclear Weapons in Our Own Backyard

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 6:30-8:00 pm, Pacific Time, on Zoom
WATCH Recording
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READ article about this event in the Mission Local!

San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) residents have spent decades resiliently advocating  for public health policies and environmental justice for their community. The BVHP community, a predominately African-American community, is located close to a USEPA-designated Superfund site, the Hunters Point Navy Shipyard (HPNS) and the historical site of the US Navy Radiological Defense Laboratory (NRDL). The US Navy brought scores of ships contaminated with radioactivity from nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific to HPNS, where the ships’ radioactive paint was sandblasted off into the open air. The contamination from nuclear weapons-related activities has been amplified by dozens of other pollution sites along the waterfront and throughout the community. The state’s CalEnviroScreen ranks BVHP as one of the communities in the state most at risk from pollution. This webinar will explore the history of contamination at BVHP, the health harms disproportionately suffered by community members, and the current collaboration between community members, academics, scientists, and health professionals to address these environmental injustices in our own backyard.

PARTICIPANTS

Michelle Pierce is the Executive Director of Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates. Read an interview with Ms. Pierce on Public Knowledge.

Dr. Kim Rhoads is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Director of the Office of Community Engagement at the University of California, San Francisco’s Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has partnered with San Francisco Bayview Hunter’s Point residents to conduct research and develop community-driven solutions to address the hazardous exposures and health inequities faced by residents.

Annemarie Charlesworth is the Director of the UCSF EaRTH Center Community Engagement Core (CEC). Prior to the founding of the EaRTH Center, she was the Associate Director of the UCSF Environmental Health Initiative and Associate Director of the Clinical Outreach and Engagement Core of the UCSF Pregnancy Exposures to Environmental Chemicals (PEEC) Children’s Center.

Daniel Hirsch is the President of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, a nuclear policy NGO, which he founded nearly half a century ago. He retired in 2017 as Director of the Program on Environmental and Nuclear Policy at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Randall Miller, Executive Director of SF Bay PSR, will moderate the panel. He has a PhD in Ethics and Social Theory and more than 25 years of leadership experience in a variety of progressive, nonprofit settings, including advocacy, political, philanthropic, and academic institutions.
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CA Legislative Roundup 2020

September 10, 2020

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Wondering what policy proposals were attempted, passed, or died in the California legislative session that will end on August 31? We will roundup and review legislative efforts related to environmental health and the climate crisis. Also, we will explore how to position environmental health in the upcoming legislative session. SF Bay PSR has just joined the Green California Coalition and the discussion will help us, our members, and allies to think about how to advocate strategically.

PARTICIPANTS

We are honored to announce our key speaker, Avinash Kar, Senior Attorney and Director, State Health Policy, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, at National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Crisis in Yemen: Opportunities for Advocacy & Action

August 12, 2020

WATCH Recording
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Yemen was declared the world’s largest humanitarian disaster by the United Nations in 2017, yet we have seen little media coverage and global outcry. Please join SF Bay PSR to learn more about this crisis from the perspective of physicians and public health experts.

According to recent reports more than 100,000 men, women, and children have been killed in the ongoing armed conflicts taking place in Yemen, including more than 12,000 civilian fatalities, and 85,000 deaths from starvation and disease during this six-year civil war because armed combatants on all sides refused to allow international aid organizations to deliver much needed food, water, medicine, and other relief supplies.

In 2018, with public sentiment turning against involvement in yet another foreign war, the U.S. Congress passed, and President Trump ultimately vetoed, a resolution that would have cut off continued military assistance to Saudi-led bombing campaigns in Northern Yemen. Unfortunately, since that time, other pressing events, including the onset of COVID-19, have pushed the crisis in Yemen out of the spotlight.

This 75-minute panel presentation, organized by Sarah Bakir as part of her summer internship with SF Bay PSR, provides an opportunity for members, supporters, and guests to learn about the armed conflict in Yemen and its devastating social, economic, and health consequences.

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PARTICIPANTS

Sarah Bakir, First-Year MPH Student UC Berkeley

Sarah Bakir is an MPH student studying Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health. She is a summer intern at the San Francisco Bay chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (SF Bay PSR) and will continue her internship in the fall. She is also an advisor to all the student chapters of California Physicians Alliance across California. Within public health, she is most interested in humanitarian health and infectious disease.

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Jehan Hakim, Founder and Chair of Yemeni Alliance Committee

Jehan Hakim is a San Francisco native with a degree in Political Science. She now lives in the East Bay with her four children. Her family is originally from Yemen. She is the founder and chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee, a social advocacy group working to resist anti-Yemeni policies. Jehan is also on the board of Just Foreign Policy.

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Robert M. Gould, MD, SF Bay PSR Board President

Dr. Gould is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine where he is a Collaborator with the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). Until 2012, Dr. Gould worked as a pathologist at Kaiser Hospital in San Jose, California. He has been President of San Francisco Bay PSR since 1989, and has been on the Board of National PSR since 1993, serving as President in 2003 and 2014. Dr. Gould is Chairperson of the American Public Health Association’s Peace Caucus, and also a leading member of the Environmental Committee of the Santa Clara County chapter of the California Medical Association (CMA). Dr. Gould has authored numerous book chapters on the health impacts of nuclear weapons, including War and Public Health (2007, Oxford University Press) and Terrorism and Public Health (2011, Oxford University Press), and was the co-author (with Thomas Bodenheimer) of Rollback! Right-wing Power in U.S. Foreign Policy (1989, South End Press).

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THE BOMB: Understanding Its History and the Hope for a Nuclear-Free Future

August 9, 2020

WATCH Recording

This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.

San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility in collaboration with City Lights Booksellers & Publishers present: A discussion with Fred Kaplan, James L Nolan Jr., Dr. Tova Fuller, and Dr. Robert Gould commemorating the 75th anniversary of the bombings that killed over 200,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

City Lights founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti has a special connection to these events. He was a naval commander serving during World War II, and one of few American soldiers to walk on Nagasaki shortly after the bombs were dropped. His experience changed his life and inspired him to start a bookstore with the motto, “Books Not Bombs.”

During this afternoon of discussion, we hope to assess the events of that time, their impact on the world, and where we stand now, facing the dawn of a new global nuclear arms race that compounds the climate and pandemic threats to human survival. At a time when the Nuclear Weapons States possess more than 13,000 nuclear weapons, we will focus on the manifold threats posed by new global programs to expand and modernize nuclear weapons arsenals, the rejection of arms control treaties, as well as the heightened great-power confrontation now accelerating in the Pacific region.

While we face our unfolding planetary emergencies, the profound “opportunity costs” of our government planning to spend more than $4 million an hour over the next 30 years to potentially annihilate countless millions of people is unfathomable.

Our speakers will also present alternative visions offered by the global movement to abolish nuclear weapons epitomized by the 2017 United Nations’ Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons, and the prospects for connecting this with wider popular movements seeking to transform our global priorities in the direction of climate, environmental, and social justice necessary for global survival.

PARTICIPANTS

Fred Kaplan is the national-security columnist for Slate and the author of five previous books, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber WarThe Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (a Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestseller), 1959, Daydream Believers, and The Wizards of Armageddon. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Brooke Gladstone.

James L. Nolan, Jr., is Washington Gladden 1859 Professor of Sociology at William’s College. His previous books include What They Saw in America: Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, G. K. Chesterton, and Sayyid Qutb, and Reinventing Justice: The American Drug Court Movement.

Tova Fuller MD, PhD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Fuller serves as Vice President of the San Francisco Bay chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (SF Bay PSR) and has served on the national, Los Angeles chapter, and Washington PSR chapter boards. She was a member of PSR-LA’s nuclear ambassadors program and WPSR’s nuclear activism committee. Her primary area of interest is the interface between public health and militarism as it relates to nuclear weapons. She is the recipient of the Lown-Alexander-Sidel Award for Medical Advocacy.

Robert Gould, MD, is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine where he is a Collaborator with the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). Until 2012, Dr. Gould worked as a pathologist at Kaiser Hospital in San Jose, California. He has been President of San Francisco Bay PSR since 1989, and has been on the Board of National PSR since 1993, serving as President in 2003 and 2014. Dr. Gould is Chairperson of the American Public Health Association’s Peace Caucus, and also a leading member of the Environmental Committee of the Santa Clara County chapter of the California Medical Association (CMA). Dr. Gould has authored numerous book chapters on the health impacts of nuclear weapons, including War and Public Health (2007, Oxford University Press) and Terrorism and Public Health (2011, Oxford University Press), and was the co-author (with Thomas Bodenheimer) of Rollback! Right-wing Power in U.S. Foreign Policy (1989, South End Press).

BOOKS

Books will be available on the City Lights website and at Bookshop.org. Please support your neighborhood bookstore.

Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age

by James L. Nolan Jr. – published by Belknap/Harvard Press

A vital and vivid account of a largely unknown chapter in atomic history, Atomic Doctors is a profound meditation on the moral dilemmas that ordinary people face in extraordinary times. Atomic Doctors follows physicians as they sought to maximize the health and safety of those exposed to nuclear radiation, all the while serving leaders determined to minimize delays and maintain secrecy.

The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War

by Fred Kaplan – published by Simon & Schuster

From the author the classic The Wizards of Armageddon and Pulitzer Prize finalist comes the definitive history of American policy on nuclear war—and Presidents’ actions in nuclear crises—from Truman to Trump.