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January 2010

This Issue:
Asian Languages DVD | New Money-Driven Medicine DVD | Health Equity News| Resources | About Us


Place Matters imagePlace Matters, Episode 5 of, Unnatural Causesis now available in multiple Asian languages thanks to the California Endowment. The DVD enables you to choose from English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hmong, Lao and Vietnamese audio with English and / or Mandarin subtitles.  For more information or to purchase, visit here.


Money-Driven Medicine, the acclaimed documentary being screened around the nation revealing the economic forces underlying - and often undermining - American healthcare, is now available in multiple versions, maximizing the film’s utility for different user contexts. The Professional’s Edition DVD contains four versions of the film:

  • Money-Driven Medicine: The Complete Film (86 min)
  • Inside the Medical-Industrial Complex: Profits and Patients (50 min)
  • The Doctor-Patient Relationship: Changing the Culture of American Medicine (38 min)
  • An Introduction to Money-Driven Medicine (18 min)

To purchase DVDs, view video clips and learn more about Money-Driven Medicine, visit www.moneydrivenmedicine.org or www.newsreel.org.


  • Health Equity Action Strategy Invites Comment
    The HHS Office for Minority Health is inviting comments until February 12 on their proposed health equity National Plan for Action.  To read the draft and comment, visit here.

  • Forthcoming Conference
    Community-Campus Partnerships for Health's 11th annual conference will take place in Portland, OR,  May 12-15, 2010.  For more background and to register, visit here.

  • Spotlighting Health Inequities Through Your Local Newspaper
    The Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune ran a four-part series exploring health inequities in the east San Francisco Bay Area.  The series illustrates what local reporters can do when given the green light by editors and support by local health equity advocates. Talk to your own journalists and editors about producing something similar for your community.  The first installment can be read here along with links to the others.
  • Black-White Health Gaps—A 15-Year Progress Analysis
    Progress towards meeting the Healthy People 2000 and Healthy People 2010 goals of eliminating health inequities remains bleak.  Health gaps between black and white people widened nationally for 6 of 15 measures and in Chicago for 11 of 15 measures between 1990 and 2005, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health. You can read the study here.
  • Hospital Cleaners Worth More than Bankers?
    A new report from the New Economics Foundation (NEF) of the UK argues that hospital cleaners (such as Corey Anderson, featured in Unnatural Causes) contribute more to society than bankers and that this should be reflected in their pay.  The NEF calculated the social value of different jobs and compared them to compensation.  Good hospital cleaners, for example, create over £10 in value for every £1 they receive in pay by preventing the spread of infection and protecting the wider health of the public. Meanwhile "elite City bankers" (London’s Wall Street) earning over £500,000 a year destroy £7 of value for every £1 they create, using estimates of the cost of the recession on the rest of society. Download the report here.


Handouts and Slides Available
A reminder that charts, handouts and slides can easily be downloaded from the Unnatural Causes web site and integrated into your presentations. Check out the handouts section of our site here.

Please send us your own health equity slides if you wish to share them with others: health@newsreel.org.

European Health Equity Web
Determine is the European web Portal for Action on Health Equity.  It provides a rich source of information on European national policies and initiatives to promote health equity via the socio-economic determinants of health.

The Social Mission of Public Health?
Those with a subscription might want to read “The EXODUS of Public Health:  What History Can Tell Us About the Future” in the January issue of the American Journal of Public Health. This fascinating article explores how a new “scientific” individual bio-medical discourse displaced US public health from its roots in the housing, labor, and sanitation reform movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and what it will take to reclaim public health's social mission.

New Studies on Racism and Birth Outcomes
USC’s Tyan Parker Dominguez appears in the “When the Bough Breaks Episode” of Unnatural Causes.  She has published three studies over the past year on the relationships between racism and birth outcomes.

  • Dominguez, TP, Strong, EM, Gillman, MW, Krieger, N, Rich-Edwards, JW (2009). "Differences in the self-reported racism. Experiences of US-born and foreign-born Black pregnant women" Social Science & Medicine, 69, 258-265.

  • Dominguez, TP (2008). "Race, racism, and racial disparities in adverse birth outcomes" [Special issue: Societal Factors in Pregnancy: Why Worry?]. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 51, 360-370.

  • Dominguez, TP, Dunkel Schetter, C, Glynn, L, Sandman, C, Hobel, C (2008). "Racial differences in birth outcomes: The role of
    general, pregnancy, and racism stress" Health Psychology, 27, 194-

Abtracts for each and links to the full text articles can be found in the www.unnaturalcauses.org Health Equity Data Base.

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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.

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