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June 15, 2018
Updates on PSR
PSR Pennsylvania
at the American Lung Association Expo!
On Thursday, June 7, PSR Pennsylvania's Medical Advocacy Coordinator, Laura Dagley, RN attended the American Lung Association Expo in Pittsburgh. Here, she educated many on the dangers of fracking and the adverse health effects.
Climate Change Education
at Philadelphia's Masterman Middle School!
Natasha Bagwe MD, MPH, PSR Program Specialist, presented to sixth grade students at Masterman middle school on June 4. This presentation was a segment of our year long program called "Asthma, Climate Change and You." Students in two classrooms learned about the most common triggers for asthma and the students used a Speck monitor for one month to test and measure their indoor air quality and chart their findings. Earlier in the year 350 students at Masterman participated in this program and learned lifestyle and environmental changes that reduce asthma triggers. Air Quality Monitoring (AQI) is a useful tool for both indoor and outdoor evaluation of exposure to particulates such as PM 2.5
Community Events
#1: Planet Philadelphia Radio Show
Event Date: TODAY - June 15, 2018, 4:00 PM -5:00 PM
Tune in to this radio event at 92.9LPFM to join the discussion about our legislators in Harrisburg and their environmental policies. PSR's Executive Director, Dr. Walter Tsou, will be joined by Saleem Chapman and Dean Kendall to discuss many facets of these policies, including their health impacts and relation to socioeconomic issues and PA justice movements. Click here to find out more!
Live streaming link available on:
#2: Code Red: Battling The Plague of Gun Violence
Event Date: June 21, 2018, 8:00 AM -3:45 PM
Location: Thomas Jefferson University, Hamilton Building ,
The Philadelphia of Public Health and Jefferson Hospital are hosting a free conference to educate about the dangers on and create a network of health care providers committed to policy solutions. Keynote addresses will be given by David Hemenway, Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Allison Anderman, Managing Attorney, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Violence. Click here to register and for more information.
#3: Pennsylvania’s Healthcare Mosaic:
Achieving Excellence in Care for All
Event Date: June 26, 2018, 8:00 PM -5:00 PM
Location: Mandell Theater, 3220 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
The PA Action Coalition in partnership with the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions is thrilled to be hosting this this momentous event! Register for and learn more about this event here . CME credits are available for physicians in attendance. In addition, student registration for this event is offered at a discounted rate of $50.
The conference explores the themes of equity, cultural competence, and confident humility. Discuss the complex relationships between inclusion, discrimination, social determinants of health, and health outcomes through both research and practical perspectives. Learn from healthcare experts, including Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN.
You may reach out to Jenny Horn, Manager of the PA Action Coalition at [email protected] with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
Current News
PSR Blogs
(Check out all our blogs here!)
Nicetown Neighbors in Philadelphia Continue Fight Against SEPTA Power Plant: A coalition of neighborhood groups is asking the city’s Zoning Board to scuttle the project, calling it “a continuation of obvious environmental racism.” There was a hearing on June 12th where some important procedural advancements were accomplished but due to the ninety minute limit, the hearing will have to continue in September. Most importantly, the community is staying strong and gaining momentum and local support as we work through this process!
Click here to read more.

Following Spills and Sinkholes, Mariner East Pipeline Opponents Call on PA Governor Wolf to Stop Construction: Click here to read about "No Mariner East! Rally for Community Safety!" that occurred this weekend.

TransCanada Pipeline Explodes in West Virginia: Nobody was injured, but the blast could be seen from 20 miles away and forced many to evacuate. Read more here.

PA Supreme Court Issues Victory for Residents in Fracking Case: Two families in Lycoming County challenged a decision that allowed an industrial shale gas development to be located in their residential zoned neighborhood. Now, four years later, they have received a victory. Read more about this event here.

Testimony concludes in Penn Township fracking case: After four days of testimony featuring 20 witnesses and more than 100 documents, the Penn Township case now awaits a verdict. Read more here.

How the energy boom shaped a small town in rural America: When a fracking company approached community members in a small suburban town, many people signed a lease that gave the companies access to natural gas resources on their land. Read the more here about the story of devastation that followed.
Latest Blog Entry
New Tax Law-Needs a Strategy for Giving :
Meet the Charitable Rollover
If you have turned 70 1/2 and you have an IRA retirement savings, you have a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) that you must withdraw annually to avoid a steep penalty. This will also apply to younger people who have inherited an IRA and have a RMD. When you withdraw this money you will pay income tax on the amount, as this withdraw is added to your Gross Adjusted Income.
The new tax law has increased the Standard Deduction, so more people will choose not to itemize their taxes. Charitable giving, for some, is one of the deductions that donors include when they itemize. But there are several ways to give to charity and have a tax savings other than by itemizing.
If you need to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA, or an Inherited IRA, you can donate the RMD directly from your Traditional, Rollover, SEP or Simple IRA to a 501c3 Charity.* When this withdraw is taken directly from your IRA and given to the qualified charity it bypasses you, and you are not taxed on the RMD. You can donate up to $100,000 of your RMD annually.
This is a great way to continue to give, reduce your taxable income, and benefit when using the standard deduction under the new tax law.
Written by: Celeen Miller, PSR Director of Finance and Development