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The Peace Caucus in affiliation with the American Public Health Association (APHA) was founded in 1985 to educate and engage the influential voice of public health professionals in efforts to promote peace. Through outreach and educational activities, we strive to illuminate that peace and social justice are key determinants of the health of individuals and communities across the globe

About Us
Who We Are


Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

Peace Caucus members organize scientific programs at APHA’s annual meeting, develop policies, disseminate information and conduct other activities that highlight the public health impacts of war, conflict and other forms of violence and the essential role of health professionals in prevention. Our activities illustrate the need for peaceful and just environments so that populations can thrive.

Carl Sagan addresses the American Public Health Association at APHA’s 1986 demonstration at the Nevada Test Site

Carl Sagan addresses the American Public Health Association at APHA’s 1986 demonstration at the Nevada Test Site

What We Do

The Peace Caucus runs entirely on volunteer energy.

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Caucus Chair

Robert M. Gould, MD

Robert Gould, MD is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine where he also serves as the Director of Health Professional Outreach and Education for the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). Until 2012, Dr. Gould worked as a pathologist at Kaiser Hospital in San Jose, California. He was President of the Physicians for SocialResponsibility (PSR) in 2003 and in 2013 and he has been President of the San Francisco-Bay AreaChapter of PSR since 1989. Dr. Gould serves as a chairperson in the American Public HealthAssociation’s Peace Caucus and has co-authored more than a dozen APHA policy statements related to nuclear weapons, peace, and social justice issues.In 2009, the APHA awarded Dr. Gould the prestigious Sidel-Levy Peace Award. Dr. Gould has authored numerous book chapters on the health impacts of nuclear weapons including: War and Public Health (2007, Oxford UniversityPress) and Terrorism and Public Health (2011, Oxford University Press).

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