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The voices of
health & Science
PSR Maine brings the unique ethical and scientific integrity of our diverse
community of professionals to advocate for policies and practices that eliminate
pervasive threats to the safety, security, health and well-being of the people
of Maine and the world.
The killing of George Floyd
With the killing of George Floyd and repeated acts violence against people of color, we want you to know that PSR Maine supports and stands with the American Medical Association, other leading medical associations, and PSR National and chapters denouncing police brutality and racism in all forms.
As health professionals fighting the COVID19 pandemic, we see the health inequalities particularly facing Maine’s black and brown communities and understand the clear need to bring an end to structural racism.
We believe that in order to protect the health of all Mainers and to achieve health, economic, and social equity we must raise our voices and stand together by voting and sharing these messages with policy makers and others.
“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.” – Kofi Annan
Be well and stay in touch
You are important to us and we wanted to keep in touch with you as we move through this life changing period.
We recognize the complexity of the challenge facing our policymakers. There are obvious risks to relaxing restrictions too quickly – increasing the number of cases of COVID-19 and deaths that might have been preventable. There are also medical risks to moving too slowly – where individuals ignore their other health needs leading to poor control of chronic conditions and delays in dealing with acute conditions. In addition, the economic stress and social isolation can impact mental health and family dynamics. Our leaders have to weigh their options using the best science available – but while our understanding of COVID-19 has accelerated, there are still huge gaps.
As you may be aware, while we are grappling with the pandemic, efforts by the Trump Administration are moving forward to gut environmental protections, promote fossil fuel production, and continue building and deploying new nuclear weapons.
These rollbacks further endanger human health and will worsen the existing health disparities experienced by communities of color who are now suffering higher rates of Covid-19 infections. These protections are meant to reduce respiratory disease and prevent other health risks associated with air pollution. A Harvard study released in early April found that long-term exposure to particle pollution greatly increases the risk of death from the coronavirus.
When we stand together, we can protect our families and friends no matter where they work, live, learn, or play. You can keep in touch by signing up for our action alerts (sign up at top of this page) or by following us on www.facebook.com/PSRMaine/ or Twitter @PSRMaine.
if you are considering support for PSR Maine and are financially able to do so, we ask that you make any donation through our on-line, secure portal on this website.
Stay safe and be well.
PSR Maine releases new report
Maine voters overwhelmingly are worried about
pesticide exposures to children and pets and want action
The new report released in early February 2020, finds that a strong majority of Maine voters (72%) are worried about their children’s and pets’ health from exposures to pesticides. An equally strong majority (71%) say they support bans on pesticides that are applied only for cosmetic purposes. Only a very small percentage of those surveyed (9%) believe that pesticides should be used without restrictions.
We know that dangerous exposures to pesticides are associated with childhood cancers like leukemia, learning disabilities and behavioral problems associated with medical conditions like ADHD. And the only way forward is to prevent exposures especially to children who are most vulnerable because their bodies and brains are still developing.