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Acclaimed documentary 'Unnatural Causes - Is Inequality Making Us Sick?' Jan. 20-Feb. 17

January 14, 2010

Compared to other countries, the U.S. has the greatest income inequality - and the worst health. Much recent talk has continued focusing intensively on America's healthcare reform in an effort to better the health of its citizens. Yet, findings suggest that there is much more to our health than bad habits, health care, or unlucky genes. The social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work can actually get under our skin and disrupt our physiology as much as germs and viruses.

Unnatural Causes addresses relationship between race, class & health

Powerful, disturbing, and distressing, Unnatural Causes is the acclaimed documentary series that uncovers startling findings about how race, class, and health are interconnected.

Poor Americans die on average almost six years sooner than the rich. No surprise. But even middle-class Americans die two years sooner than the rich. The series addresses the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health.

Documentary series showings

As part of Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration and Black History Month, people will have the opportunity to view Unnatural Causes and engage in deep discussion about these issues that impact their life. The details for each event are stated below.

First Event: Unnatural Causes Episode 1 & Faculty/Health Specialist Panel

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 3-5 p.m., Lory Student Center 228.

This first episode tracks the lives of a CEO, lab supervisor, janitor, and an unemployed mother to illustrate how class impacts a person’s health and ability to live a long life. The event is followed by a panel discussion featuring professors and health specialists knowledgeable on these issues. Audience members will be able to ask questions.

Second Event: Unnatural Causes Episodes 2-4 & Discussion
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 3-5 p.m., Lory Student Center 228.

The next three episodes focuses on (a) how racism affects birth outcomes of Black women (b) how staying in America erodes the health of Latino immigrants, and (c) why 50 percent of Native Americans from two Indian communities have been affected with diabetes. The showing will be followed by a discussion on these issues.

Final Event: Unnatural Causes Episodes 5-7 & Discussion
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 5-7 p.m., Lory Student Center 230.

The final three episodes focuses on (a) why your street address can closely predict your health (b) the price Marshall Islanders pay with their health because of globalization and U.S. military policy (c) how Americans face more challenges during times of unemployment than people from Sweden. The showing will be followed by a discussion on these issues.

Sponsored by Black Definition, Campus Activities, and Student Diversity Programs & Services.

Contact: Helen Kang
Phone: (970) 491-7232