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LA Health and Climate Symposium: Advancing Healthy and Resilient Communities In A Changing Environment
Climate change has the potential to cause widespread injuries and death related to natural disasters, displacement, heat-related illnesses, malnutrition, and air and water pollution. PSR-LA co-organized a symposium on April 30th, 2010 titled, Los Angeles Health and Climate: Advancing healthy and resilient communities in a changing environment.
For physicians, and indeed for all health workers, promoting health for all is a clear social responsibility. The United States devotes enormous resources to medical care, well over 50% more per person than any other nation — yet it ranks 45th in the world in life expectancy and 33rd in infant mortality.
“Heroes for Health: PSR-LA’s 2009 Annual Dinner” was held at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on June 7th. Physicians, medical school students, board members and volunteers came together to celebrate progress for the “prevent what we cannot cure” aphorism we so strongly hold true. Honored were Her Majesty Queen Noor, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, [...]
The Coalition for Environmental Health and Justice (CEHAJ) has been engaged in the community stakeholder proceedings of the I-710 Long Beach Freeway Corridor (local and state officials propose to expand the freeway) since 2001.
With the successful launch of our Peace and Security Ambassador program this past winter, we are pleased to announce another in-depth training series for health professionals: PSR-LA’s Environmental Health Ambassador Program on June 24, 2009.
By Kelley O’Donnell | Second year M.D.-Ph.D. Candidate | Co-leader of UCLA SPSR “We cannot be silent” was the clear take home message from the April UCLA Student PSR lunch lecture series. The three part series, co-sponsored by the UCLA Medical Student Council and PSR-LA, addressed the social and environmental determinates of health, and the [...]
There is a fundamental crisis of health and human rights in south Los Angeles. South L.A. has the poorest health outcomes and indicators in the County of Los Angeles‚ mirroring the health status in some developing nations. Homelessness, slum housing, violence, food disparity and lack of resources reflect the underlying epidemic in the social determinants of poor health.
Rishi Manchanda has been making his mark as a socially responsible physician. Well-versed in both local and international health issues, he is making bold moves to improve the health of underserved communities through local and international advocacy. Dr. Manchanda is a primary care physician in south central Los Angeles. He is an internist, pediatrician, HIV [...]
After holding two training sessions, the PSR-LA Ambassador Program: Health Professionals and Nuclear Policy, is shaping up to be the premier health professional voice on peace and security issues in Southern California. The featured speaker of the inaugural September 20th training was Sharon Squassoni of the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace. Dr. Bennett Ramberg also [...]
As health professionals, your voice is powerful in helping this country take the next steps forward. PSR-LA has to work harder and smarter than ever in California to ensure that the policies needed to change our country are not diluted, dissolved, or ignored. To really improve the health of children and families exposed to pesticides, [...]
Over the past year, we have continued to advocate for policies aimed at creating a new green economy in Los Angeles and California. One example is our work with the Los Angeles Apollo Alliance, where we are integrating PSR-LA’s mission and members’ voices in the Alliance’s campaign to connect residents to healthy, sustainable green jobs. [...]
PSR-LA has prioritized reducing pesticide use in homes and buildings because of the strong research that links pesticide exposure to acute health concerns. In addition to the occurrences of poisonings and allergies, chronic health issues may also develop, including cancer, reproductive and neurological disorders.
The Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG) awarded PSR-LA Peace and Security Ambassador, and board member, L. Stephen Coles M.D., Ph.D. with the 2008 Alan P. Mintz, M.D. Award for Clinical Excellence in Age Management Medicine. The award is presented annually to a physician who exemplifies Dr. Mintz’s vision of clinical excellence in patient care, healthy [...]
PSR-LA was saddened by the loss of Dr. James Curren Warf, who passed away November 7, 2008. Following is a tribute to Dr. Warf written by his son, PSR-LA Board President Curren Warf M.D.