Community Grand Rounds "Unnatural Causes" Screenings

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: Not Just a Paycheck

In the winter of 2006, the Electrolux Corporation closed the largest refrigerator factory in the U.S. The move turned the lives of nearly 3,000 workers in Greenville, Michigan, upside down.

Before the plant closed, Electrolux workers led a middle class life—owning homes, buying new cars and taking vacations. Now most are scraping by on severance pay, unemployment benefits and a health plan that will end in a year. As personal finances spiral downward, health follows.

In the year after the plant closure, the local hospital’s caseload tripled because of depression, alcoholism and domestic abuse. And the lay-offs not only affect workers but their families and the entire community as well.*

Tuesday, February 26
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Berrien County Health Department 

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Unnatural Causes

Thursday, February 28
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Berrien County Health Department 

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Unnatural Causes: When the Bough Breaks

The United States infant mortality rate is higher than in other countries. Well educated African American women have birth outcomes worse than white women who haven’t finished high school. Although we know that health follow wealth, for African American women who are well-educated, racism plays a factor in birth outcome.

According to Neonatologists James Collins and Richard David, African American women are at increased risk during pregnancy, not because of something innate to their biology, but because of the cumulative impact of racism they experience over their lifetime - an impact that can outweigh even the benefits of higher social and class status.*


Tuesday, March 26
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Andrews University
Marsh Hall, Room 319

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Thursday, March 28
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Berrien County Health Department 

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Wednesday, April 3
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Niles District Library

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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


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