Film & Discussion: "Unnatural Causes"

Tuesday March 26, 2013: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Is inequality making us sick? It turns out there's more to our health than bad habits, healthcare or unlucky genes. The social conditions in which we're born, live, and work profoundly affect well-being and longevity.

Two episodes from the documentary series "Unnatural Causes" will be screened at this event: Episode 2: "When the Bough Breaks," which highlights how racial justice and civic engagement are instruments for improving health and birth outcomes, and Episode 7: "Not Just a Paycheck," which shows how layoffs, unemployment, and job insecurity have a negative effect on health.

"Unnatural Causes" is the acclaimed 2008 documentary series broadcast by PBS tackling the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health. A discussion after the film will be led by U-M faculty and physicians, Terence Joiner, MD, and Matthew Davis, MD. This event is cosponsored by the U-M Community Scholars Program.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 9 and up).