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Bulletin #20 – October 2009


This Issue:
PBS Rebroadcast | Science Award | Money-Driven Medicine
Health Equity News | About Us


PBS logoMany PBS stations are rebroadcasting Unnatural Causes this October, some beginning this Friday, October 9, though many late at night. For local station schedules, check unnaturalcauses.org. If you don’t see your PBS station listed, you can contact Program or Viewer Services and ask them when they will rebroadcast the series. To find contact information for your station, go here


Unnatural Causes has won the award for best Science/Television / Radio / Film program from the National Academies (National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council). Credit for this prestigious honor goes to so many: our talented production team, our wonderful advisors who graciously shared their work, reviewed ours and kept us on course, our generous – and trusting – funders, and perhaps most of all, those reading this Newsletter who gave real life to the series by using it so widely. Thank you all!

For the California Newsreel press release, go here.
For the National Academies press release, go here.


Money-Driven Medicine, the first and only film to explore the economics underlying – and undermining – our dysfunctional health care system, is now available on DVD. Organizations around the country are using it to help dispel many of the myths about what’s really driving the cost and quality of health care. For video clips, background, and more information on the DVD visit: www.moneydrivenmedicine.org (an abridged version was broadcast by Bill Moyers’ Journal a month ago).


(All reports available in the Health Equity Database)

  • CDC Releases Health Equity Recommendations
    The Centers for Disease Control the Report of the National Expert Panel on Social Determinants of Health Equity: Recommendations for Advancing Efforts to Achieve Health Equity. Read the report here.

  • The Economic Burden of Health Inequalities
    Health inequities suffered by populations of color cost $230 billion in excess direct medical expenses between 2003 and 2006, according to a new study commissioned by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. click here

  • Education Matters for Health
    A new Issue Brief by the Robert Wood Johnson Commission for a Healthier America concisely explains the different pathways by which educational attainment influences health outcomes and life expectancy. Read the report here.

  • Paid Sick Leave: Health Impact Assessment
    As fear of a flu pandemic rises, we might ask: why is the US the only country in the rich world that does not mandate sick leave by law? A recent Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of the Healthy Families Act by Human Impact Partners demonstrates that paid sick leave would substantially benefit the health of all Americans. Read more about their HIAs here.

    The new web site of the Health Impact Assessment Collaborative provides tools, background and other resources for those interested in HIAs:

  • Beyond Health Care Reform: Health & Equity in All Policies
    The Disparity Reducing Project (DRA), in collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, will convene a noon briefing October 20th called Beyond Health Care Reform: Health Equity in All Policies. For more information and to RSVP go here.
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UNNATURAL CAUSES was produced by California Newsreel in association with Vital Pictures, Inc. California Newsreel is the oldest non-profit documentary production and distribution center in the country, now celebrating its 41st anniversary. For more information on our extensive collections of acclaimed DVDs, click on the links below or visit us at www.newsreel.org.

Unnatural Causes part of Health and Social Justice Banished part of African American Perspectives Ezra part of the Library of African Cinema A Killer Bargain part of The Globalization catalog

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