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UNNATURAL CAUSES Receives duPont Award
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New Web Site Resources
Survey: Thank You
Promoting Institutional Change
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Events in 2009
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Exploring Health Inequities through UNNATURAL CAUSES: Speaker & Video Series at Penn (Philadelphia, PA)
Health Trust Equity Summit (Santa Clara, CA)
20th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (National Harbor, MD)
Joint Annual Meeting of STIPDA and CDC Core State Injury Grantees (National Harbor, MD)
National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health (National Harbor, MD)
OK Public Health Association Annual Conference (Oklahoma City, OK)
AACE 18th Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress (Houston, TX)
Research to Practice Symposium (Chapel Hill, NC)
Screenings and Teleconference Debates, (Coyocan, Mexico City)
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Series Receives duPont Award
UNNATURAL CAUSES has won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. The duPont-Columbia Award is considered the most prestigious in broadcast journalism, the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. See our press release and read about the other winners.
From the beginning, this has been a remarkably collaborative venture between advisers, outreach partners, funders and, of course, the entire production team. This honor is a tribute to everyone's generous contributions. Thank you!
Send us your inspiring story
Our Inspiring Stories page highlights promising practices and initiatives for health equity. Contact us to share your story (max 300 words). 
New Web Site Resources
  • Speakers List of series advisers and other leaders in the field. 
  • Lesson Plan for high school and lower division college U.S. history classes. This six-part lesson integrates a social determinants of health framework into study of the rural South in the early 20th century.
  • Photos, press releases, backgrounders, and other materials to help you publicize your events are available for download at our "For the Press" page. 
Thank You!
More than 700 survey participants provided us with invaluable information regarding how agencies and organizations are using the series to educate and advocate for health equity. Thank you!
Watch for our preliminary report in the coming months.
Using UNNATURAL CAUSES to Promote Institutional Change
Sonoma County Health Action
Convened by the County Board of Supervisors, Health Action in Sonoma County, California, brings together community leaders from diverse disciplines to identify priority health and health care issues and develop specific recommendations for local health promotion. Over the past year, Health Action assessed data, developed a shared vision for health improvement based on multiple determinants of health, established criteria for focusing its efforts, developed an initial set of strategies, received community input on these strategies, and began planning implementation of specific health promotion projects to begin in spring 2009.
Kaiser Permanente's Disparities Working Group 
In addition to undertaking a nationwide internal communications campaign, Kaiser created a Health Disparities Awareness Workshop, presented last fall in Richmond, CA, to doctors and care providers at medical centers as part of "Grand Rounds," continuing education programs for practitioners. The event's popularity generated requests to organize workshops at medical centers throughout California. Organizers report that the series particularly helps doctors connect abstract statistics with the real conditions of the communities in which they live and work.
LouisvilleLouisville Metro Center for Health Equity
During the annual meeting of health department personnel last October, the Louisville Center for Health Equity trained 120 health department staff using the Place Matters episode. Including group discussions facilitated by Center staff and Metro United Way partners, this meeting was the first step to launching a Health Equity Dialogues program, aimed at addressing issues of health equity and related work within city government. The Center is also developing a community discussion guide and facilitators training program for using the series in the community.