What Have We Been Up To?

Summer Youth Internships

We have been busy enriching young teen lives.  Physicians for Social Responsibility oversaw summer internships for approximately 35 teens in conjunction with Philadelphia Youth Network.  

Students ages 14-18 learned new job skills and professional development. Schools represented included: Parkway NW, Kensington Health Sciences, Mercy, Constitution, Hope Partnership for Education, and more.  Students worked at diverse work sites such as: St Christopher’s Hospital, Philadelphia READS summer camps, City Councilman Curtis Jones office, Kintock Community Corrections, Poor Peoples’ Economic Campaign for Human Rights, Minuteman Press, Early Life Childhood Education, and Art in Wood Museum.

As part of a Professional Development component, students learned about community involvement and toured WHYY Public Radio, Einstein Health Network, Civil Court, and Philadelphia’s new Community Health and Literacy Center on S. Broad.

Outcomes were as follows: students were exposed to new activities such as supervising youth, being accountable for their time and pay, marching with the DNC, drafting press releases, and learning about customer service. One intern at St Christopher’s Hospital said, “I got an opportunity to see what my future can look like. I want to work in a hospital, and now I know a lot of medical directors I can talk to.”  Another student confessed, “at first it was confusing because I was doing things I never saw before: talking to newspaper people, marching, but then it was cool.”

Many students said they would like to work again next summer. City-wide agencies employed approximately 7000 teens, and while that is no easy task, the fruits of the labor rest in the doing and in the research. According to Penn’s Criminology Professor Dr. Sara Heller, when teens work, crime decreases and student behavior increases with constructive activities and increased responsibility. From a public health perspective, employing individuals and providing opportunities to learn and grow yields healthier societies.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:
1.   September 10, 2016 in Philadelphia
We hope you can join us for this extraordinary opportunity to meet
Dr. Daniel Jansen and Joseph Rossano
  We invite you to  learn about and support the world's oldest, largest, and most successful tropical ecosystem restoration project, Area  Conservacion  Guanacaste (ACG), Costa Rica. ACG is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to 2.4% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity, comprising an area the size of Philadelphia and its suburbs.  
Meet one of the world's leading evolutionary ecologists,
 University of Pennsylvania Professor,
Daniel H. Janzen along with his wife, Penn Biologist 
Winnie Hallwachs  and renowned multimedia artist, Joseph Rossano. Rossano's  unique bold biodiversity art, inspired by Janzen and  Hallwachs research    
and ACG's biocultural restoration, will be on display at
 Please join us for this very rare and exclusive opportunity to meet the
 scientists and artist in a discussion with ACG leadership. 
Saturday, September 10th7:00 pm to 10:00pm - Presentation at 8:00pm
Food from High Street On Market & wine from us!
Millésimé & Ligne Roset 33 North 2nd Street Philadelphia 267-455-0374

2.   September 22, 2016 in Philadelphia

Come meet the author, Dr. Alan Lockwood and his newly released book
“Heat Advisory:  Protecting Health on a Warming Planet"

Join us to hear Alan Lockwood, MD, FAAN, Emeritus Professor of Neurology, University of Buffalo
Board Member and Co Chair, Environment and Health Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility

“Protecting Health on a Warming Planet"

Thursday, September 22nd 
5:00 - 7:00 PM 
Blumle Life Science Building, Room 105/107
233 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Reception with Dr. Lockwood at 6 PM sponsored by 

and Co-sponsored with the American Lung Association

You may bring food to the room if you wish.

3.  September 26, 2016 in Washington DC

Join PSR in DC to educate our legislators and to prevent Congress from rubber-stamping the "trillion dollar triad." Sign up here »

4.  October 15, 2016 in Boston

Contemplating the Unthinkable!

Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War
A Health Care Perspective

A one-day Symposium to examine the catastrophic public health consequences of climate change and the ways that climate change will increase the risk of conflict, including nuclear war.

While there are many enormous public health threats facing humanity today, two of them, climate change and nuclear war are unique in the existential threat they pose to human civilization and the survival of our species. Physicians for Social Responsibility, supported by our global federation, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, plans to explore the important links between the two at Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War: a Health Care Perspective, a symposium to be held on October 15th at the Tufts University School of Medicine's Sackler Auditorium. Speakers will include:

• Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
• Barry Levy, MD, MPH, Tuft s University School of Medicine
• Bill McKibben, Middlebury College, 350.org
• Catherine Thomasson, MD, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility
• Ira Helfand, MD, co-President, IPPNW

Registration is free and open to the public. Register by either clicking on the "Tickets Available" link or visiting psr.org/symposium (which also includes the full symposium schedule). This event will livestreamed onyoutube.com/psrnational/live

Date:  Saturday, October 15, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location:   Tufts University School of Medicine, Sackler Auditorium, Boston ( Map )

Lunch Payment | Continuing Education Credits

Sponsored by:

BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine
Boston University Medical School
Boston University School of Public Health
Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University
Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
Harvard Medical School
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Massachusetts Medical Society
Massachusetts Public Health Association
Tufts University School of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Boston, School of Nursing and Health Science

Convened by Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
Hosted by Tufts University School of Medicine

Questions? Contact greaterbostonpsr@gmail.com

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