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"Unnatural Causes: Not Just a Paycheck" Screening Add to Calendar Share

Time: Jan 29, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:
Berrien County Health Department
2149 E Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI

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.*
Source: PBS.org

Tuesday, January 29 
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Berrien County Health Department
Register Online Here

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