Who We Are
Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chesapeake PSR) is a Maryland-based chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). Our membership includes physicians, physician's assistants, nurses, other health professionals, and committed individuals working to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.
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Annual Report 2015
In this annual report, we outline some of our biggest successes - and some of the challenges ahead in climate change and energy - including fracking; toxics and pesticides; and social justice issues. Downloadable PDF of our annual report.
Physicians for Social Responsibility (National PSR) was founded in Boston in 1961 by a group of physicians concerned about the real human consequences of a nuclear war. Its mission focused on educating the public about the irrevocable consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and urging people to take political action in opposition to nuclear weapons use and testing.
PSR's work to educate the public about the dangers of nuclear war grew into an international movement with the founding of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in 1980. In 1985, PSR shared the Nobel Peace Prize with IPPNW for "spreading authoritative information and by creating an awareness of the catastrophic consequences of atomic warfare."
Today PSR continues to work to oppose the spread of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. It has also added an environmental health program. This program focuses on educating and mobilizing the medical and health communities to support a transition away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
Baltimore Physicians for Social Responsibility was founded in 1982 by a group of physicians at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. The group changed its name to Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility in 2001.
PSR’s chapters work on a range of issues, from advocating for clean energy, to the greening of hospitals, sustainable agriculture and healthy diets. Student Physicians for Social Responsibility (SPSR) engages medical students to work against nuclear proliferation, and environmental degradation, and to champion social justice issues. SPSR orients every new generation of medical students to be engaged in creating positive change through medical activism.