October 22, 2014

By Callum Rowe, Student Organizer

On September 8, UCSF first- and second-year medical students met with Bay Area PSR physicians and organizers to discuss the refocusing of the Bay Area student PSR movement. As a result, the Bay Area Student Health Professionals for Social Responsibility (SHPSR) will be hosting a number of events in the East Bay and San Francisco  to discuss pressing issues in community health.

In Berkeley this fall, Bay Area SHPSR is partnering with UC Berkeley Extension’s American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Chapter to host “Medicine and Society,” exploring the ways that health students and professionals are changing their communities by offering innovate, multifaceted solutions to complex public health issues. The series is intended for pre-health professional students, public health students, medical school students, and healthcare professionals. The discussions will take place at University Hall Room 150 on Sunday afternoons.

September 28th 2-4pm
The Soda Tax Initiative
Jeff Ritterman, MD, VP Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility
Roxanne Clement, MPH, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

October 12th 2-4pm
Clinical Prevention of Interpersonal Violence  
Vincent Chong, MD, MSc, General Surgery Resident, Highland Hospital
Linnea Ashley, MPH, National Network of Hospital Based Violence Intervention Programs

October 26th 2-4pm
The Disease of Poverty: Social Determinants of Health
Leonard Syme, PhD, Professor, Epidemiology and Community Health, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

November 9th – 2-4pm
Global Health Initiatives     
Thomas L. Hall, MD, DrPH
Phouc Le, MD, MPH, Director, Global Health Pathway for the Pediatric Residency, UCSF
Kaley Marcis, Student Leader, Global Health Brigades, UCBx

November 23rd – 2-4pm
The ACA and the Death of the Public Option 
Hank Abrons, MD, MPH, President, California Physicians for National Health Program
James G. Kahn, MD, MPH, Professor in Residence, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (DEB) School of Medicine

On the UCSF campus, SHPSR students have organized “Environmental Health and Social Justice” (MED  E), available to students at all schools at UCSF. The course will consist of five panel discussions on a variety of themes (see below for course schedule and speakers) – we’ll use a student-centered interviewing approach to tackle many of the essential principles of environmental health through the lenses of the session themes.

We’re hoping to have students from all schools and will break off after the last session to do field/site visits to Richmond and/or Bayview/Hunters Point to investigate and document some of these environmental and social injustices ourselves through photography and interviews – we’ll share these in a final discussion at the end of the quarter.

September 17th, 6-8pm
Intro to Environmental Health & Justice
Room S-163, Medical Sciences Building, UCSF
Gina M. Solomon, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Secretary for Science and Health, CalEPA
Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council
Rachel Morello-Frosch PhD, MPH Professor, Environmental Science, Policy and Management

October, 1st, 6-8pm
Air Quality, Pediatrics, and Human Development
Room S-18, Medical Sciences Building, UCSF
John Balmes, MD Acting Director, Joint Medical Program, Environmental Health Science, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Mark Miller, MD Director of the UCSF Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU
Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council

October, 15th, 6-8pm
Energy Extraction and Human Health
Room S-163, Medical Sciences Building, UCSF
Seth Shonkoff, PhD, MPH, Executive Director, Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy

October, 29th 6-8pm
Agriculture, Food Systems, Pesticides, and Worker Health
Room S-163, Medical Sciences Building, UCSF
Daphne Miller, MD, Clinical Professor, Family and Integrative Medicine, UCSF
Kim Harley, PhD, Associate Director for Health Effects, Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health

November, 5th 6-8pm
Climate Change & Healthy Health Systems: Our Footprint as Practitioners
Room S-163, Medical Sciences Building, UCSF
Kathy Gerwig, MBA, VP Employee Safety, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente.
Karen Duderstadt, RN, PhD, CPNP, PCNS, HS Clinical Professor, Family Health Care Nursing, UCSF
Gail Lee, REHS, MS, Sustainability Manger, UCSF

We hope to see you at one of our many upcoming events! Think we should be doing something else or want to collaborate or contribute in your own way? To provide input, get more information or learn about upcoming meetings, contact Callum Rowe at callumjrowe@gmail.com.