2015 Annual Report
Chicago PSR has spent the past year advocating for a healthier Chicago. We’d like to share our accomplishments with you as we begin 2016!
Chicago PSR held a Green Hospitals lecture at the Fienberg School of Medicine in November, 2015. The lecture featured Dr. Ted Shieh of Central Dupage Hospital. Dr. Shieh put in place many sustainability measures at the urgent care center he directs.
Advocacy around Climate Change and Health
In January 2015, Dr. Sarah Lovinger held a social justice workshop around food justice and sustainability at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation as part of their MLK weekend programming.
In April 2015, Dr. Sarah Lovinger gave a lecture on climate change and health at the Feinberg School of Medicine.
In May 2015, Chicago PSR participated in the Evanston Green Drinks events addressing climate change and water issues.
In May 2015, board member, Dr. Ana Nobis, traveled to DC to meet with IL Senator Dick Durbin's staff to discuss clean energy policy.
In September 2015, board members Dr. Orris and Dr. Nobis flew to DC to represent Chicago PSR at meetings with congressional staff.
In October 2015, Chicago PSR helped organize a free lecture at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine featuring Dr. Ted Shieh, who talked about sustainable outpatient clinics.
In October 2015, Chicago PSR’s Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH, and Sarah Lovinger, MD took part in a conference on climate change and health designed for high school students at Walter Payton College Prep
In November 2015, Chicago PSR’s Dr. Lovinger attended and participated in the APHA annual meeting and focusing on climate change and health.
In November 2105, Chicago PSR board member Dr. Susan Buchanan participated in a Clean Power Plan press conference with Representative Tammy Duckworth.
In late November 2015, board member Dr. Orris traveled to Paris to attend the climate talks.
In December 2015, Chicago PSR along with Chicago’s Respiratory Health Association secured a January 2016 interview on the health consequences of climate change with WBEZ’s Jerome McDonnell on Worldview.
By 2015, Chicago PSR had helped gather nearly 200 signatures from health care professionals in IL on our our letter to Governor Rauner pushing for a very green Clean Power Plan.
Engaging Medical Students
Chicago PSR continues to build a local medical student movement around environmental health issues. In the past year, we strengthened our existing chapters at the UIC School of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University Medical School as well as University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. This past year, each chapter not only sponsored lectures, but also engaged in an environmental health project. Both are initiatives that we hope to continue in the future. Lectures and event this year are below.
On March 13th, 2015 Chicago PSR and PNHP-IL hosted our annual "Soul of Medicine" dinner, which medical students and practicing physicians attended. Our annual dinner, at which we honor local medical professionals who has shown dedication to social justice issues, is always a very popular event for students, faculty, and their guests. In 2015, we honored Dr. Myrtis Sullivan, Dr. Ram Krishnamoorthi, Dr. Pamela Gronemeyer and Marcia Rotherberg, RN. We had more than 85 medical students in attendance.
In May 2015, students from our chapter at University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine participated in the Southeast Toxins Tour.
In December 2015, student PSR leaders at the Pritzker School of Medicine published a top-notch editorial concerning the health consequences of climate change.
Earlier in 2015, we received a $3000 matching grant from the Sisyphus Foundation agreeing to match every new or increased donation to Chicago PSR dollar for dollar. In order to meet this goal, we created a fundraising website (youcaring.com), utilized our social media pages and reached out to colleagues, friends and family inviting them to support our organization. We ultimately met (and exceeded) our goal-raising more than $3000 dollars.
Chicago PSR is honored to have collaborate with the following organizations:
- Environmental & Law Policy Center
- Illinois Environmental Council
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- One Earth Film Festival
- Respiratory Health Association
- Physicians for a National Health Plan--Illinois
Chicago PSR received funding from these organizations in 2015:
- National PSR
- The Sisyphus Family Foundation