Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sacred Heart Center Film screening: "Unnatural Causes, is Inequality making us sick?"

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 7:00pm
Sacred Heart Center
1400 Perry St.
Richmond, VA 23224

We will be watching the first section of this film which focuses on the relation between wealth disparities and health disparities. The movie will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Susan Triggs, from the Virginia Department of Health.

Description of the film:

What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin color? Our opening episode travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to explore whether medical care cures us but to see why we get sick in the first place, and why patterns of health and illness reflect underlying patterns of class and racial inequities.

The lives of a CEO, a lab supervisor, a janitor, and an unemployed mother illustrate how class shapes opportunities for good health. Those on the top have the most access to power, resources and opportunity – and thus the best health. Those on the bottom are faced with more stressors – unpaid bills, jobs that don’t pay enough, unsafe living conditions, exposure to environmental hazards, lack of control over work and schedule, worries over children – and the fewest resources available to help them cope

***The movie will be in English with Spanish Subtitles.***

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