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September 2019
PSR Philadelphia / PA Events
#1: Save the date! Final PA Health Check-Up
When: Monday, November 18, 2019

Save the date! We are planning our 3rd and final event of the year in our speed-learning series, PA Health Check-Up. The morning event will be followed by lunch and an afternoon of educational visits with legislators. 

We will reserve a block of hotel rooms for Sunday night, November 17th and have a film-screening of the Human Element for presenters and participants joining us at the hotel. More details will be available soon!
Butler County Fracking Meeting
When: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Location: Butler County Public Library

PSR PA representatives, Dr. Ned Ketyer and Laura Dagley, will be discussing the rise of fracking in Butler County and associated health issues. The presentation is free, open to the public and begins at 1 PM. Click here for more information!
American Public Health Association

Come visit us at the American Public Health Association meeting in Philadelphia. We will be ay Booth #1001, November 2 - 6 at the PA Convention Center. For more information, go to
Save the Date for our 40th Anniversary Celebration, Sunday, Dec. 8, 5:30 - 8 PM
Oaks Cloister, 5829 Wissahickon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Updates on PSR
Clean Energy for a Healthy Planet Symposium
There was a full house on Friday, September 13, when PSR Philadelphia/PA and Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) held our symposium on renewable energy and health!

The focus of the event was on ways to transition to clean energy including heat pumps, induction stoves and electric vehicles and the challenges in making the change. The afternoon panel was devoted to remediating homes as a way to reduce asthma, legal hurdles in assisting low income clients, and practical aspects to converting to heat pumps. PSR National's Environment & Health Program Director, Barbara Gottlieb, was the keynote speaker. The audience was very engaged and most people came away much more aware about ways we can improve the environment.
Volkswagen Settlement Money Press Conference
On September 17, 2019 a press conference was held to announce how Pennsylvania is using the VW settlement money for electrifying the transportation sector. PSR's own Dr. Walter Tsou spoke at this event, alongside State Senator Sharif Street, Congressman Brendon Boyle and representatives from PennEnvironment, PennPIRG, and the Clean Air Council. Click here to learn more about this event!
Mariner East Pipeline Webinar
The Mariner East project pipeline threatens 17 counties across Pennsylvania. This 350 mile cross state project includes up to four hazardous highly volatile liquids pipelines (ethane, propane, butane) and has a blast zone up to a mile wide or more!

This webinar presentation will cover:
  • Nuts and bolts of Mariner East
  • Safety Concerns: why this is Pennsylvania’s most dangerous pipeline
  • Risk Assessments & what they show
  • Cases before the PUC: do we have the pipeline regulations we need?
  • What you can do to protect your family and community

Click here to watch a recording of this event!

Attention All Health Care Providers! - PSR-PA invites you to join CODE RED PA for Gun Violence Policy. This coalition of healthcare providers, organizations and individuals has formed to address gun violence in Pennsylvania and advocate for sensible firearm policy. Please email for more information on how to participate!
Community Events
National Drive Electric Week
National Drive Electric Week was held from September 14-22, 2019. The purpose of this nationwide celebration is to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, less expensive to fuel than gasoline vehicles, better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil!
Click here for more information!
Men and the #MeToo Movement:
What Individuals and Organizations Can Do

The Philadelphia Men’s Center for Growth and Change (MCGC) is hosting a two-day regional conference, "Men and the #MeToo Movement: What Individuals and Organizations Can Do," in Houston Hall, at the University of Pennsylvania, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Nov. 14, 15 (both days). Rob Garfield, PSR Advisory Council Member, is chairing the conference.
The conference will inspire those working with men and boys to help them positively engage with women and girls as allies in preventing sexual violence and to enrich their own personal lives and relationships. Physicians and health care professionals are invited to register at Eventbrite: . For further information, see official conference website: .
Current News
Protesting Climate Change / Global Climate Strikes Sept 2020: Click here or here to read articles discussing the Global Climate Strikes that occurred this past Friday, September 20, 2019. These strikes have been spearheaded by 16 year old activist, Greta Thunberg. They came days before the beginning of the UN Climate Summit 2019, which began September 23, 2019.
Correlation vs Causation ~ Abused Misconception: Too often correlation and causation are confused when evaluating issues of public health. Many underestimate the importance and impact of a strong correlation. Click here to read about how this misunderstanding is taken advantage of, especially by the unconventional gas development industry.
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Publis hed: September 2019