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No longer updated as of April 2009

Around the country, community groups, public health departments and other interested organizations are using the documentary series for community dialogues, policy briefings and capacity building to educate, organize and advocate for health equity.

When the film was first released, we made efforts to track screenings as they occurred around the country. As more and more groups and organizations have adopted UNNATURAL CAUSES as a tool for their own work, tracking has become impossible. As of April 2009, we have stopped updating the calendar.

To learn how to organize your own event, see "What You Can Do," download the Action Toolkit, and read the Taking Action (PDF) handout.

See 2009 events sorted by DATE

See 2009 events sorted by LOCATION

See 2008 events

CA Los Angeles March 16 Crystal Stairs Screening and Discussion: Infant Mortality Rates among African Americans and Health Implications for Mexican American Immigrants

After the screening, there will be a panel discussion on the reactions to the film and on our L.A. health landscape. Dr. Elaine Batchlor, Chief Medical Officer for L.A. Care and William Hobson, Executive Director of Watts HealthCare Corporation are our invited panelists.

This will be our chance to participate in the health debate and take a leadership role in reframing how we value health equity. The event is free and open to the public. Join us.

Monday, March 16, 2009, 2pm - 4pm
Lucy Florence Cultural Center, Media and Theatre Room
3351 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Film Screening at 2pm
Panel Discussion at 3pm

For more info, contact: Sydney Kamlager
CA Los Angeles April 22 10th Annual Housing Rights Summit

Series Executive Producer Larry Adelman will present the keynote address and participate in the plenary discussion on the interconnection of discrimination and health.

LOCATION: California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities in downtown Los Angeles

More info : Housing Rights Center
CA Los Angeles May 10 Urban Environmental Justice: Reporting the Full Story
Program for USC Annenberg’s Justice and Journalism Fellows

Director of Outreach Rachel Poulain will present an excerpt from UNNATURAL CAUSES and lead a discussion about health equity in relation to environmental justice on Tuesday, May 5, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
CA Sacramento Jan 14 Capitol Screening for the State Legislature

With presentation from Larry Adelman, Series Executive Producer

Sponsored by The California Endowment
CA San Diego May 11–14 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Annual Meeting

The HSS program is one of the major national human capital programs supported longterm by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). These include the RWJF Clinical Scholars and RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research programs.

CA San Francisco Feb 23 Beyond Health Care Coverage: Addressing Inequality and Health Disparities in America

Monday, Feb 23, 9:15 am to 12:30 pm
The Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street

  • Paula Braveman, director, Center on Social Disparities in Health, University of California, San Francisco
  • David Grusky, professor of sociology and director of the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality
  • Anthony Iton, director and health officer, Alameda County Public Health Department
  • Dave Jones, California State Assemblyman, District 9
  • Jeffrey Levi, executive director, Trust for America's Health
  • Barbara Masters, public policy director, The California Endowment
  • Robert Moffit, director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
See full information

This event is jointly sponsored by the California Endowment, the Stanford University Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity.

See full information.

To RSVP, please email full contact information to Tamanna Mansury, or call 301-656-0348.
CA San Francisco Aug 7–9 Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2009 Annual Meeting

This year's theme is Race, Ethnicity, and the Continuing Problem of the Color Line

Series executive producer Larry Adelman will be presenting on August 8.

Info: sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/341
CA Santa Clara Feb 4 Health Trust Health Equity Summit

With keynote speaker Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Join other community advocates for a day long summit to address health inequalities in Silicon Valley.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
8:30 - 3:30 pm
Santa Clara Marriott Hotel
2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Hosted by The Health Trust
CT Cromwell March 23 Connecticut Maternal and Child Health Advisory Committee
CT Women's Health Campaign
March 23rd, 9 AM

Viewing of "When the Bough Breaks" and discussion of racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality with Drs. Lu and Collins from the series.

Contact: Lisa Sementilli
GA Athens March 22–May 10 2009 Unnatural Causes Program Series

This spring, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and partners from the University of Georgia and the Athens community will host screenings of the entire series to begin community dialogue on critical public health issues.

On Sunday afternoons over the course of nine weeks (March 22 - May 10, 2009), screenings will be presented, followed by a moderated dialogue with a panel of speakers whose professional interests complement the topics addressed.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact jlevinso@uga.edu or (706) 542-5788, or check the Russell Library homepage.
GA Atlanta May 4–6 Council on Foundations Annual Convention

May 5
2:30 PM  Workshop Session - Using UNNATURAL CAUSES
5:30 PM  Presentation of Henry Hampton Award to the UNNATURAL CAUSES producers

Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, GA

More info: cof.org/Events/09Annualconf/index.cfm
GA Mount Berry Feb 11 Berry College Women's Studies Program Film Screening & Discussion: "In Sickness and Wealth"

With Susan Logsdon-Conradsen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Women's Studies Program.

February 11 at 5:00 pm

Evans Auditorium, Berry College
Mount Berry, GA 30149

Contact: Susan Logsdon-Conradsen, Ph.D.
GA Mount Berry Feb 23 Berry College Women's Studies Program Screening
Viewing of "When the Bough Breaks" and "Place Matters"

February 23 at 5:00 pm

Evans Auditorium, Berry College
Mount Berry, GA 30149

Contact: Susan Logsdon-Conradsen, Ph.D.
IL Calumet City March 31 Cook County Screening and Meeting on Health Equity

Screening of Episode 5 "Place Matters" followed by discussion and presentation by Active Transportation Alliance staff on area efforts to promote healthy transportation policy. Local health equity information will also be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to join a network of residents to advocate for health equity. Open to the public.

Sandridge Center, 600 Oglesby, Calumet City, IL

Tuesday March 31, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Hosts: Cook County Department of Public Health, with Calument Memorial Park District and Active Transportation Alliance.

Contact: Jim Bloyd, 708-492-2019

More info: cookcountypublichhealth.org
KY Lexington April 18 Viewing and Round Table Discussion

We will view the first episode of the documentary and follow up with a round table discussion of what is already being done in our community and what we can do in light of what we have learned from the information provided.

Location: Faith Lutheran Church, 1000 Tates Creek Rd., Lexington, KY
Time: April 18, 2009 3:00-6:00 PM

Hosted by: Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Bluegrass Family Preservation Program, Family Counseling Service Inc., Kentucky State University Land Grant Program, and Mission Lexington Medical Clinic

Contact: Laura Miller, (859)272-0219
LA New Orleans Jan 7–9 Community Action Partnership Management Leadership and Training Conference

Workshop led by Rachel Poulain, Series Associate Producer and Director of Outreach

January 7-9, 2009
JW Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana

MD National Harbor Feb 23-24 Cultivating Healthy Communities - 20th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control

Rachel Poulain, series associate producer and director of outreach, will serve as moderator for the Debate and Dialogue Session on the Social Determinants of Health

Co-sponsors: The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE), and Prevention Research Centers (PRCs)

More information: www.cdc.gov/NCCDPHP/conference/
MD National Harbor Feb 23–25 2009 Joint Annual Meeting of STIPDA & CDC Core State Injury Grantees

February 23–25, 2009 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

This year's theme, "Casting a Wider Net: Expanding Partnerships and Policy for Injury & Violence Prevention," reflects the desire to focus on increasing support for the field of injury and violence prevention by engaging the general public, public health partners, and policy makers. 

More information: www.stipda.org/displayconvention.cfm
MD National Harbor Feb 25–27 Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health 2009
US DHHS Office of Minority Health

As part of OMH's broader initiative to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, this Summit's objectives are:

1. Increase Awareness of Health Disparities
2. Strengthen Leadership at All Levels
3. Enhance Patient-Provider Communication
4. Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services
5. Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluations More Effectively

Rachel Poulain, series associate producer and director of outreach, will host a workshop.

For more info: omhrc.gov/npasummit2009
NC Chapel Hill Sept 15–16 Research to Practice Symposium: Promoting Environmental and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging
Centers for Disease Control

Co-creator and Executive Producer Larry Adelman will present Sept 15 in an evening session.
NY Monticello March 25 Sullivan County Rural Health Network Screening and Discussion

In honor of Cover The Uninsured week, a showing of "In Sickness and in Health" with local statistics and discussion to follow

Ted Stroebel Community Center, Jefferson Street, Monticello, NY

March 25, 2009 6-8 PM

Contact: Carolyn Massey, Chair of the Healthy Equity Community Council,
NY New York April 16–18 First Annual Health Disparities Conference: "Creating Sustainable Change in Our Communities"

The Institute for Healthcare Disparities at Nassau University Medical Center

The conference will feature continuous screening of the entire UNNATURAL CAUSES series.

Conference Web site
OK Midwest City March 24-25 10th Annual Conversations on Community Renewal Conference

Screening Unnatural Causes's "Place Matters". Target audience: municipalities. Hosted by the Oklahoma Community Institute.

Reed Center (5800 Will Rogers. Midwest City, OK 73110)

If you have any questions about registration, or about the conference in general, contact Stephanie Ronck or call (405) 208-8882

More info: ocionline.org
OK Oklahoma City April 8 Public Health Day at the Capitol
Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign

Public health programs on a quest for health equity are moving upstream to educate legislators, staff and general public about health equity.

April 8, 2009, 8:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m.

Contact: 405/271-9444, ext. 56410 marisan@health.ok.gov

More info: hero.health.ok.gov
OK Oklahoma City April 9-10 Health Equity for All Oklahomans - OK Public Health Association Annual Conference

Featuring speakers from UNNATURAL CAUSES, this conference will allow you to network, share resources, and learn the latest in public health practice!

Call 405-364-4050 for more information. www.opha.net
PA Harrisburg April26–28 Statewide Environmental Justice Conference: "Building Healthy & Improved Communities for All"

April 26–28, 2009 at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel

"Place Matters" and "In Sickness and In Wealth" will screen during the event.

Organized by the PA Department of Environmental Protection, with support from the state departments of Education, Transportation, Health, Public Welfare, and Community & Economic Development and other sponsors.

For more info: www.depweb.state.pa.us
PA Philadelphia Jan 21, Feb 9, March 4 Exploring Health Inequalities though Unnatural Causes: Interdisciplinary Speaker & Video Program at Penn, Spring Semester (more info)

Jan 21: "Bad Sugar" with Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, Associate Dean, Health Promotion, Penn School of Medicine
4:00 to 5:30 PM

Feb 9: "Place Matters" with Amy Hillier, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, School of Design
noon to 1:30 PM

March 4: "Not Just a Paycheck" with Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, Professor of Social Epidemiology at Harvard University
4:00 to 5:30 PM

Claudia Cohen Hall (formerly Logan Hall), Terrace Room on Penn's campus at 249 South 36th Street, Philadelphia PA 19104

Sponsored by the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Penn's Center for Public Health Initiatives, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and Philadelphia College of Physicians' PhillyHealthInfo.org
PA Pittsburgh March 28 Health Care Action Conference

March 28, 2009 9 am - 5 pm

HOSTS: Health Care for All PA & PUSH (PA United for Singlepayer Healthcare)

CONTACT: Mary Pat Donegan

SD Sioux Falls April 25 South Dakota Public Health Association: Celebrate a Healthy April!

The South Dakota Public Health Association has designated April as Public Health Month in celebration of National Public Health Week, April 6-12. SDPHA is showing "Unnatural Causes" free to the community as part of the activities and events planned through the month.

April 25, 2009, 10 AM – 3 PM

Orpheum Theater, Sioux Falls, SD

Call SDPHA at 605-370-5070 for more information.
TX Fort Worth May 28-29 Texas Conference on Health Disparities

The overall theme for the conference is "Targeting Health Disparities Through Prevention."

Of specific focus will be Prevention Strategies in Medicine and Community with emphasis on policy solutions and community-based solutions. Educational and interactive presentations, panel discussions and questions/ answer sessions will identify the challenges and bring conference attendees closer to developing a prospectus for the future.

For anyone interested in being a part of the solution to eliminate health disparities or for anyone serving populations affected by health disparities.

May 28th and 29th, 2009
Texas Center for Health Disparities, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Contact: Annie Mathew, Texas Center for Health Disparities, hsc.unt.edu
TX Houston May 13–17 American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 18th Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress: "Exploring New Frontiers in Endocrinology"

May 13–17, 2009
Hilton Americas Houston and the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

The series will be screened continuously during the conference.

WA Seattle March 6 Viewing and discussion of "In Sickness and In Wealth"

Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N, Seattle WA 98103

Friday, March 6 from 7:00-9:30pm

Hosts: Meaningful Movies (Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice) and the Population Health Forum

More info: http://meaningfulmovies.org

Contact: Natalie Stahl, Population Health Forum
Mexico Coyocan (Mexico City) 2009 Screenings and Teleconference Debates at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco.

Organized by ALAMES (Latin American Social Medicine Association), co-sponsored by the Spirit of 1848 (American Public Health Association)