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Back by popular demand, the Public Health Division will be hosting another Lunch and Learn to view and discuss the critically acclaimed documentary series, Unnatural Causes. The 2016 Screening will run from January through April. A light lunch will be provided for each session which will include a viewing of one episode followed by a facilitated discussion session.

Screening Location: Qwest Basement Training Conference Room


The UNNATURAL CAUSES series and accompanying impact campaign aim to enlarge our public discourse about health through the following objectives:

  1. Increase public awareness of our alarming socioeconomic and racial/ethnic inequities in health and their human and financial costs;
  2. Promote understanding of the various ways in which class, racism and disempowerment can get under the skin and influence health outcomes;
  3. Illustrate how well-being is not just a matter of making good choices and having access to    quality care: our outcomes are inextricably linked - for better and worse - to the social  conditions    that surround and shape our lives;
  4. Demonstrate that health inequities affect all of us. On average, the bottom 80% of us have worse  health than the rich and powerful. We all bear the financial burden for disease and disability:    increased medical costs, lost economic activity, lowered business productivity;
  5. Move health discussions "upstream" - beyond the individual-focused "repair shop" model of  disease  and illness to a preventive approach that looks to change the underlying conditions that  shape whole group outcomes;
  6. Link health discussions to social and economic policies - e.g., housing, racism, education, jobs    and wages, community development, social supports and tax policy. Evaluate social and  economic policies by their health impact, and press for more health-promoting measures;
  7. Communicate hopeful solutions that draw public and policymaker attention to innovative and community-based initiatives for health equity.

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EPISODE Click here to read full episode descriptions

January 7, 2016
11:30 am-1:30 pm

In Sickness and In Wealth

How does the distribution of power, wealth and resources shape opportunities for health?

January 28, 2016
11:30 am- 12:30 pm

When the Bough Breaks

Can racism become embedded in the body and affect birth outcomes?

February 4, 2016
11:30 am- 12:30 pm

Becoming American

Latino immigrants arrive healthy, so why don't they stay that way?

February 18, 2016
11:30 am- 12:30 pm

Bad Sugar

What are the connections between diabetes, oppression, and empowerment in two Native American communities?

March 3, 2016
11:30 am- 12:30 pm

Place Matters

Why is your street address such a strong predictor of your health?

March 17, 2016
11:30 am- 12:30 pm

Collateral Damage

How do Marshall Islanders pay for globalization and U.S. military policy with their health?

March 31, 2016
11:30 am- 12:30 pm

Not Just a Paycheck

Why do layoffs take such a huge toll in Michigan but cause hardly a ripple in Sweden?