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PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

PSR Philadelphia sponsors Legs Against Arms
race against gun violence.

references and fact sheets, and PSR's position papers may be found
on the website (www.psrphila.org).
Regarding general advocacy efforts, recently, i.e., on January
28, 2017, PSR Philadelphia joined forces with Partners in Health
to present the first citywide health advocacy training program.
This dynamic program was held at Thomas Jefferson University.
More than 90 individuals with assorted healthcare backgrounds
assembled to learn how to effectively approach and meet with
elected officials, how to write clear and powerful policy briefs and
letters to the editor, and how to give oral testimony when given
the opportunity. As per Dr. Poune Sabieri, Board Chair of PSR
Philadelphia, when setting up this conference:
Health professionals are the most trusted voice in society.
We believe that legislation of all policies benefit from
having the input of a health professional but health professionals are not trained in how to give their opinions in
policy making or even voicing their opinion in general
media. We hope to provide a certain set of skills that will
empower health professionals and students to seek out
more visibility in the public policy arena.
A great number of those who attended the conference noted by
the end of the day that they did indeed feel empowered and more
capable of being productive advocates.
So how can you get involved? A number of both environmental
health and interpersonal violence efforts utilize volunteers, and
provide community service/learning and internship opportunities
to students. One of our current efforts is to find physician and
other health professional speakers who are willing to talk about the
health impact of climate change, fossil fuels and fracking. Recently,
the Pennsylvania Medical Society has supported a moratorium on
new gas drilling and to call for more independent health studies
of fracking. We are very supportive of this effort. If this is of
interest, sign up on our website or email PSR at info@psrphila.org.
PSR Philadelphia was started by activist medical students and
physicians who wanted to see a more proactive role for doctors.
Few would have imagined back then that it would still be chugging
along. But through a combination of service projects, support from
foundations and donors, and changing with the times, it looks
forward to celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019.

Dr. Dan Wolk speaks at the March for the Paris Agreement
at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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