Public Health and Social Justice
This website contains articles, slide shows, syllabi, and other documents relevant to topics in public health and social justice. References for most of the information contained in the slide shows can be found in the accompanying articles. Presentations will be updated a few times per year.
The site is aimed at students, educators, and the general public. It grew out of my recognition that medical, and even nursing and public health, schools tend to inadequately address the social, economic, environmental, human rights, and cultural contributors to health and disease. Some of the content focuses on the medical humanities and the history of medicine, long-standing passions of mine.
Feel free to use information from the articles and slide shows, indeed even the slides themselves, with appropriate citation. It is my hope that this information can be disseminated widely, influencing current and future generations of health professionals and others concerned about creating a more just and peaceful world.
I am hoping to add other syllabi and articles from the many talented individuals working in this area. Please email me any articles and/or slide shows you would be willing to share, along with comments, corrections, and suggestions re my content.
My goal is to create an on-line clearinghouse for information and curricular materials re public health and social justice, and eventually to develop an annual, week-long colloquium/training, run by experts in their fields, for health professionals, students, and others interested in becoming social justice advocates.
Martin Donohoe, MD, FACP
The Center For Environmental Health
The Center for Environmental Health is a non-profit organization in Oakland, CA dedicated to protecting the public from
environmental health hazards and toxic exposures by directly influencing corporate behavior. We are committed to
environmental justice, reducing the use of toxic chemicals, supporting communities in their quest for a safer environment, and
corporate accountability. We change corporate behavior through education, litigation, and advocacy.
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) is a nonpartisan partnership of individuals and organizations
concerned with the role of the environment in human and ecosystem health. CHE seeks to raise the level of scientific and
public dialogue about the role of environmental contaminants and other environmental factors in many of the common diseases,
disorders and conditions of our time.
Commonweal is a nonprofit health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, California. Founded in 1976, Commonweal
conducts programs that contribute to human and ecosystem health - to a safer world for people and for all life.
Environmental Health News
Environmental Health News is published daily by Environmental Health Sciences, a not-for-profit organization founded in
2002 to help increase public understanding of emerging scientific links between environmental exposures and human health.
Health Care Without Harm
HCWH is an international coalition of 430 organizations in 52 countries working to transform the health care industry so it is no
longer a source of harm to people and the environment, by eliminating pollution in health care practices without compromising
safety or care.
Physicians for Social Responsibility
PSR combines the power of an active and concerned citizenry with the credibility of physicians and other health professionals
to promote public policies that protect human health from the threats of nuclear war and other weapons of mass destruction,
global environmental degradation, and the epidemic of gun violence in our society today.
Greater Boston PSR
Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (GBPSR) is an affiliate
of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). GBPSR's Human Health and the
Environment Project (HHEP) was one of the first in the PSR organization
nationally to focus on the public health consequences of environmental
pollution. Since 1992 the HHEP has been active in educating the medical
community on the linkages between environmental exposures and health,
activating members to work to protect public health, assisting grassroots
groups with technical and scientific issues relating to human health and
environment issues, and participating in public policy debates.