Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? criss-crosses the country investigating the impact of social, economic and physical environments on health status. Above and beyond the influence of genetics and health behavior, there is growing evidence to support the theory that inequities in the jobs we do, the wealth we enjoy and the neighborhoods in which we live can profoundly affect our longevity and health. Produced by California Newsreel with Vital Pictures, Inc.

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  • In Sickness and in Wealth
    How does the distribution of power, wealth and resources shape opportunities for health?
  • When the Bough Breaks
    Can racism become embedded in the body and affect birth outcomes?
  • Becoming American
    Latino immigrants arrive healthy, so why don’t they stay that way?
  • Bad Sugar
    What are the connections between diabetes, oppression, and empowerment in two Native American communities?
  • Place Matters
    Why is your street address such a strong predictor of your health?
  • Collateral Damage
    How do Marshall Islanders pay for globalization and U.S. military policy with their health?
  • Not Just a Paycheck
    Why do layoffs take such a huge toll in Michigan but cause hardly a ripple in Sweden?
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