PSR's Dr. Ira Helfand was in Waukesha and Madison on April 9 & 10 to speak on the growing danger of nuclear war, the health and humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons, and the new campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons.  

Ira Helfand, MD, is a member of ICAN's Steering Committee, Co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), and Past-president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. He has published articles and lectured widely on the medical and long term environmental consequences of nuclear war. He played a crucial role in the negotiation of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in the summer of 2017.

Dr. Helfand was educated at Harvard College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He currently practices as an internist and urgent care physician.

Back from the Brink: Physicians as Peacebuilders in a Nuclear World
Co-sponsored by Plowshare Education for Peace, Carroll University Student Affairs, School of Heath Sciences, & Departments of Sociology, Communication, and Environmental Studies

Preventing Nuclear War, the Ultimate Threat to Public Health: The Medical Imperative to Take Action

The Growing Risk of Nuclear War and What We Can Do About It                                                                                                                 Co-Sponsored by the Ecumenical Peace Working Group of Wisconsin, the Friends Meeting of Madison, the Madison Institute, the Outrider Foundation, Physicians and Health Professionals for Social Responsibility - Wisconsin

A free public lecture was held with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Pediatrician, Hurley Children's Hospital and Michigan State University on April 20, 2017.  Dr. Hanna-Attisha was recently heralded internationally for her study that exposed elevated lead blood levels in Flint children. Dr. Hanna-Attisha now directs the Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program to research, monitor and mitigate the impact of lead in Flint's drinking water.

Steering Committee member Susan Davidson, MD hosted Dr. Jonathan Patz for a talk titled "Climate Change and Health" at St. Mary's on April 14, 2016. We learned about the cutting-edge work Dr. Patz is doing that the Nelson Institute for Environmental Health, the Global Health Institute, and UW-Madison as a whole.

Click the image above to get a pdf of the event

Click the image above to get a pdf of the event

A partnership of local environmental health and activist groups are joining forces to bring a great event to Madison. 

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Wisconsin, Wisconsin Environmental Health Network (WEHN), RePower Madison, and Sierra Club - Four Lakes Group are working together to bring clean, reliable and renewable energy to Wisconsin, and we’d like for you to join us. 

Wisconsin’s reliance on coal has been producing detrimental health effects on its citizens for years. It’s time to make a change. Join us as we learn about the impact coal-fired power plants have on human health, what we face in Wisconsin, and what we can do about it. Dr. Maureen McCue, Peter Taglia and Mitch Brey will discuss the health impacts of coal, what our coal reliance looks like in Wisconsin, and what we can do about it today.

This is a free event that will include a forum and discussion, with time for local action at the end. We hope you will take a step toward improving the health of our state and join us: 

No Coal for Christmas

Forum on Health Impacts of Coal

Wednesday, December 9th 


Health Sciences Learning Center room 1335

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Please share this event with colleagues, students, friends and community members you feel would be interested, and don’t forget to register

We are looking forward to seeing you there.


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Climate Health Summit - Hosted by PSR National in Washington, DC

Join health care professionals and activists from all over the country and the world as they discuss the next steps to improve climate health across the globe. Click the image below for more information from PSR National. 

August 6th, 2015 - Lanterns for Peace

On August 6, 2015, a vigil was held at Vilas Park in Madison, Wisconsin, for people of all ages to remember those who have died by the use of nuclear weapons in war, and to reflect on visions of a peaceful world.

Stay tuned for more!