Catherine Thomasson, M.D.
President, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)
Friday, January 11, noon - 1 p.m.
OHSU Biomedical Information Communication Center (BICC), Room 124
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Physicians for Social Responsibility began in the early 1960's with the message that the only solution to nuclear war was prevention, and now brings the medical and public health voice to the gravest threats to human health and survival. In this lecture, Dr. Thomasson will provide an overview of the work of PSR and its use of this frame to put pressure on policy issues in the arena of nuclear weapons, war, global warming and toxins. A lively discussion of the role of the public health voice in policy and advocacy for change will follow.
Dr. Thomasson recently traveled to Iran with Fellowship of Reconciliation as a peace diplomat and is organizing a reciprocal tour for Iranian Physicians to the U.S. She is an educator and advocate for solutions for global warming through presentations on the health effects of global warming and the need for energy independence. Together, Dr. Thomasson and the Oregon PSR chapter created a video and outreach program to educate individuals about the severe health threats of war and to advocate for PSR's alternative approach, entitled "Sensible Multilateral American Response to Terrorism." She works as an internist and resident educator at Portland State University's Student Health Center, has been a participant in city and county advisory panels ranging from the West Nile Prevention Task Force to Water Treatment Policy, and has served as a coalition builder in the peace community, producing numerous community events for peace.
The Public Health Seminar Series is a monthly lecture and discussion for students in the Oregon MPH program. Students and faculty from all disciplines are welcome to attend. Refreshments will also be served, courtesy of the Center for Healthy Communities.