PSR-LA Ambassadors

The PSR-LA Ambassador Program provides issue and skills training for physicians and health professionals on how be effective advocates with policymakers, the media, their peers, and the general public. As a physician-based organization, PSR-LA’s strength lies in its ability to bring the credible voice of physicians and health professionals to policy debates. PSR-LA’s Ambassador Program develop the capacity of our members to become champions for change.

This program is the cornerstone of member engagement in PSR-LA’s program work — read more about trainings for the two issue-based Ambassador groups at PSR-LA: Environmental Health Ambassadors and Peace and Security Ambassadors.

Peace and Security Ambassadors, training faculty, and staff at a September 20 training.

PSR-LA Ambassadors, training faculty, and staff at a recent training.

Environmental Health Ambassadors

Environmental Health Ambassador Sandra Aronberg, MD, MPH visited key legislators in Sacramento to advocate for a SB 797 (The Toxics-Free Toddlers and Babies Act), a bill that protect toddlers and babies from exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA). Here, she is being interviewed outside the Senate Health Committee room on April 29, 2009.

Since expanding our mission to address environmental health threats in 1989, PSR-LA has taken leadership in looking to the upstream determinants of health in order to prevent downstream effects. Recently, at the local level and nationally, we have seen recent policy movement towards protecting the public’s health through passage of laws and regulations that are based on sound environmental science — the health professional’s voice is instrumental in these debates.

Participation in this training series prepares physicians and health professionals to be effective in the numerous advocacy opportunities which lie ahead — PSR-LA Environmental Health Ambassadors are uniquely qualified to utilize their advocacy skills to provide environmental health information and data that can secure important victories for the public’s health. To learn more, please contact Ana Mascareñas to learn more at 213-689-9170 ext. 107. Recent and upcoming training information:

Training Topics & Faculty

The Health Impacts of Energy Production and Climate Change Policies  – Upcoming

  • Angela Johnson Meszaros, JD, Co-Chair of the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32)

Exploring the Links Between Reproductive Health and Chemicals – June 24, 2009

  • Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH. Professor and Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA
  • Tracey Woodruff, PhD. Environmental Health Scientist, UC San Francisco
  • Read more

Peace and Security Ambassadors

The Peace and Security Ambassador Program is shaping up to be the premier health professional voice on peace and security issues in  Southern California.  Ambassadors have been trained by leading policy and advocate groups, have attended congressional meetings, and take part in media opportunities. This program focuses on nuclear security and disarmament, and what we can do to build a safer future. To learn more, please contact Denise Duffield to learn more at 213-689-9170 ext. 102. Recent and upcoming training information:

Training Topics & Faculty

North Korea and Iran – Paths Toward Peace – July 25, 2009

  • David Kang, PhD, Professor of International Relations and Business, Director of the Korean Studies Institute at USC
  • Leif-Eric Easley, a Ph.D. candidate specializing in East Asia international relations at the Harvard University Department of Government
  • Rebecca Griffin, Political Director of PeaceAction West

Health Professionals and Nucear Policy, Part II – November 8, 2008

  • Bruce Bennett PhD, Senior Defense Anaylist for RAND

Health Professionals and Nuclear Policy – We Can Make a Difference! – September 20, 2008

  • Robert Dodge, a PSR-LA Board Member, President of Ventura County Physicians for Social Responsibility, co-chair of Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions, and board member of Beyond War.
  • Sharon Squassoni, M.P.M., M.N.S.S. Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • Bennett Ramberg, Ph.D., J.D. Nationally recognized expert on nuclear weapons proliferation, terrorism and international politics.
  • Wayne Glass, Ph.D. Professor at the School of International Relations at USC and a veteran of 17 years on Capitol Hill.