UNNATURAL CAUSES is inequality making us sick? HEALTH EQUITY research topics and resources to learn more
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Following the PBS broadcast of UNNATURAL CAUSES, we solicited questions from the public about racial and socioeconomic inequities in health.

We received many questions on a variety of interesting topics. Since no one person could possibly address them all, we divided our experts into six forums. Many of the questions and answers touched on overlapping themes and ideas (some questions were repeated), so we encourage you to explore multiple forums for different perspectives on the issues.

Forum #1: Healthy Communities »
Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Meizhu Lui, Makani Themba-Nixon, and Jack Shonkoff talk about neighborhoods, community organizations, labor, family, and early childhood.

Forum #2: Genetics, Race and Disease »
Troy Duster, Jay Kaufman and Pilar Ossorio explore how biology and genetics impact health and our ideas about race.

Forum #3: Myths about Health Inequities »
William Dow, Tony Iton, Dennis Raphael, and David Williams discuss diet, universal health care, the economic costs of poor health, the "healthy immigrant effect," and the difference between health disparities and health inequities.

Forum #4: Divided We Fall
Camara Jones, Nancy Krieger, and Donald Warne speak to racism, hope, diabetes, infant mortality and industry-driven health care.

Forum #5: Your Position in Society »
Nancy Adler, Bruce McEwen, and Peter Schnall address chronic stress, the wealth-health gradient, unemployment, and why women live longer than men.