Community Grand Rounds Events

Is Inequality Making Us Sick? 

Unnatural Causes is an acclaimed documentary series broadcast by PBS that addresses the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health. The series uncovers startling new findings which suggest there is much more to our health than bad habits or unlucky genes. The social circumstances in which we are born into, live, and work in can actually disrupt our physiology as much as sickness and disease.

After the screening, participate in a guided conversation on how these topics are related to our community and discuss concrete actions items to help improve community health.


Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and In Wealth

What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts, and skin color? This documentary travels to Louisville, Kentucky and follows the lives of a CEO, a lab supervisor, a janitor, and an unemployed mother to illustrate how class shapes opportunities for good health. This documentary explores why patterns of health and illness reflect underlying patterns of class and racial inequities.

“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.”


Unnatural Causes

Tuesday, May 14
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Berrien County Health Department

Wednesday, May 15
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Niles District Library
Thursday, May 16
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Newbold Auditorium, Andrews University


Save the Date

Join Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief community health officer for Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading integrated health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, as he discusses how health systems can collaborate with communities to narrow health inequities.

Dr. Choucair oversees the organization’s national community health efforts and philanthropic giving activities aimed at improving the health of its 12.2 million members and the 68 million people within the communities it serves.

Wednesday, July 17
6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Howard Performing Arts Center
4160 E Campus Circle, Berrien Springs


CGR Arline Geronimus

Save the Date

Tuesday, October 22
Arline T. Geronimus, Sc.D.
Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
Associate Director & Research Professor, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research




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