Dangers of Chlorpyrifos to Farmworkers and Their Communities Made Clear—Time to Ban It!

June 6, 2017

Recently SF Bay PSR asked your help to convince Governor Jerry Brown to fully ban the harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos.  It presents an immediate danger—chlorpyrifos recently poisoned a number of farmworkers in the Central Valley, which underscores why it’s crucial to keep the heat on the governor to ban this dangerous chemical.  As reported by Mother Jones, more than 50…

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Trump’s Global Gag Rule Endangers Women’s Lives

March 10, 2017

by Catherine Porter, JD On January 25, by signing an executive order reinstating the Global Gag Rule (GGR), President Donald Trump and his administration declared war on women’s bodies around the world as well on a doctor’s duty to provide information to patients on the full range of treatment options in certain medical situations. Trump’s…

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The 2016 Legislative Session and the State Ballot: There is Some Good News!

December 2, 2016

The 2016 California state legislative session came to a close on November 30.  SF Bay Area PSR supported approximately 22 bills to protect human health and environment (see list below) that ranged from “No coal in Oakland” through reduction of climate change emissions,  and stronger firearms and ammunition controls to reduce gun injuries and deaths. Senator…

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Can’t Afford to be Healthy: What the Most Recent Census Data says about Poverty in California and What That Means for the Health of Many Californians

September 29, 2016

By Catherine A. Porter, JD SF Bay Area PSR has long recognized, and worked against, the interconnected ways that poverty, environmental degradation, unsustainable agricultural practices and social injustice combine to damage our health and the health of our neighbors. The need for such work has never been clearer. New census figures released this month show…

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SF Bay Area PSR Furthers Legislator Education in Sacramento

March 28, 2016

On March 9, Dr. Bob Gould, San Francisco Bay Area PSR’s president, and Catherine Porter, policy consultant, walked the halls of the state Capitol and visited offices to educate legislators and staff on SF PSR’s work in furthering policies that advance human health and the health of the environment. Topics ranged from global warming through gun…

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The Power of Acceptance and Peace, with an Eye toward Syria

December 31, 2015

One of the hallmark values of Physicians for Social Responsibility is that, as health care providers, we take our values of health and healing, and apply them globally. We look at the planet, at our air, water and soil, and work to make it vibrant. We look at our nation’s policies, and work to make…

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Health Professionals in Action: Dr. Julia Quint

June 18, 2013

Dr. Julia Quint is a public health scientist and toxicologist with an emphasis on occupational health. She is retired from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) where she was Research Scientist and Chief of the Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service (HESIS), an occupational health program. She joined SF Bay Area PSR two years…

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Supermoms Against Superbugs

May 13, 2013

On April 15 and 16, SF Bay Area PSR President Dr. Robert Gould joined more than 50 participants gathered in Washington D.C. for the second annual “Supermoms Against Superbugs Advocacy Day” events sponsored by the Pew Foundation. Conference members that included parents, physicians, chefs, restauranteurs, and ranchers called on President Barack Obama, the FDA and…

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