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Unnatural causes is inequality making us sick?

Larry Adelman; Llewellyn Smith; Vital Pictures (Firm); National Minority Consortia (U.S.); California Newsreel (Firm)

Widescreen format.. c2008

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  • Title:
    Unnatural causes is inequality making us sick?
  • Author: Larry Adelman; Llewellyn Smith; Vital Pictures (Firm); National Minority Consortia (U.S.); California Newsreel (Firm)
  • Description: Introduction -- In sickness and in wealth (56 min.) -- When the bough breaks (29 min.) -- Becoming American (29 min.) -- Bad sugar (29 min.) -- Place matters (29 min.) -- Collateral damage (29 min.) -- Not just a paycheck (30 min.).
    1. In sickness and in wealth (58 min.) -- 2. When the bough breaks (29 min.) -- Becoming Americn (29 min.) -- 4. Bad sugar (29 min.) -- 5. Place matters (29 min.) -- 6. Collateral damage (29 min.) -- 7. Not just a paycheck (30 min.)
    "UNNATURAL CAUSES sounds the alarm about the extent of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health--and searches for their root causes. But those causes are not what we might expect ... It turns out there's much more to our health than bad habits, health care or unlucky genes. The social conditions in which we are born, live and work profoundly affect our well-being and longevity."--Producer's website.
    A four-hour documentary series arguing that when health and longevity are correlated with socioeconomic status, people of color face an additional health burden, and our health and well-being are tied to policies that promote economic and social justice. The program segments, set in different racial/ethnic communities, provide a deeper exploration of the ways in which social conditions affect population health and how some communities are extending their lives be improving them.
    In sickness and in wealth: "What connections exist between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin color? Follow four individuals from different walks of life to see how their position in society, shaped by social policies and public priorities, affects their health".
    When the bough breaks: "African American infant mortality rates remain twice as high as for white Americans. African American mothers with college degrees or higher face the same risk of having low birth-weight babies as white women who haven't finished high school. How might the chronic stress of racism over the life course become embedded in our bodies and increase risks?".
    Becoming American: "Recent Mexican immigrants tend to be healthier than the average American. But those health advantages erode the longer they've been here. What causes health to worsen as immigrants become American? What can we all learn about improved well-being from new immigrant communities?".
    Bad sugar: "O'odham Indians, living on reservations in southern Arizona, have perhaps the highest rate of Type 2 diabetes in the world. Some researchers see this as the literal 'embodiment' of decades of poverty, oppression, and loss. A new approach suggests that communities may regain control over their health if they can regain control over their futures".
    Place matters: "Increasingly, recent Southeast Asian immigrants, along with Latinos, are moving into long-neglected African American urban neighborhoods, and now their health is being eroded as a result. What policies and investment decisions create living environments that harm, or enhance, the health of residents? What actions can make a difference?" -- Container insert.
    Collateral damage: "In the Marshall Islands, local populations have been displaced from their traditional way of life by the American military presence and globalization. Now they must contend with the worst of the 'developing' and industrialized worlds: infectious diseases such as tuberculosis due to crowded living conditions, and extreme poverty and chronic disease, stemming in part from the stress of dislocation and loss".
    Not just a paycheck: "Residents of Western Michigan struggle against depression, domestic violence and higher rates of heart disease and diabetes after the largest refrigerator factory in the country shuts down. Ironically, the plant is owned by a company in Sweden, where mass layoffs, far from devastating lives, are relatively benign because of government policies that protect and retrain workers".
  • Local Note: acq2009deh
  • Publication Date: c2008
  • Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : California Newsreel
  • Format: 1 videodisc (236 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Subjects: Social status -- Health aspects -- United States; Minorities -- Health and hygiene -- United States; Immigrants -- Health and hygiene -- United States; Health and race -- United States; Discrimination in medical care -- United States; African Americans -- Health and hygiene; Mexicans -- Health and hygiene -- United States; Tohono O'Odham Indians -- Health and hygiene; Southeast Asians -- Health and hygiene -- United States; Hispanic Americans -- Health and hygiene; Marshallese -- Health and hygiene; Unemployed -- Health and hygiene -- United States; Healthcare Disparities -- United States; Health Status Disparities -- United States; Health Services Needs and Demand -- United States; Minority Health -- United States; Quality of Health Care -- United States; Social Environment -- United States; Socioeconomic Factors -- United States; Nonfiction television programs; Documentary television programs; Television programs for the hearing impaired
  • Language: English;Spanish
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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