The Philadelphia chapter was founded in 1979 by a group of medical students to educate others about the hazardous medical effects of nuclear radiation, but shifted their focus in the 1980’s to address urgent local needs, including interpersonal violence prevention through educational initiatives, coalition building, and collaborative advocacy.
Physicians for Social Responsibility: Philadelphia
Video: PSR is committed to creating a safer, healthier Philadelphia by interrupting the cycle of violence in our communities with a continuum of outcomes – based strategies focusing on the prevention of and healing from violence. Education, advocacy and coalition building are the cornerstones of our programs.
Current programs focus on illuminating and addressing the root causes of interpersonal violence; healing those who have been the victims of, or have witnessed, interpersonal violence; modeling respectful alternatives to violent behavior; inspiring health care and other interested professionals to identify the causes of violence and work to promote healing and prevention.
Working with the community, their goal is to create a new social norm in Philadelphia, that “violence and violent behavior are unacceptable.”
PSR recently held their sixth annual Legs Against Arms 5K at Saint Joseph’s University, focused “on strengthening our limbs as we oppose illegal handguns in Philadelphia.” http://www.psrphila.org/