Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

April 1, 2009 – 1:44 PM

Film Screening & Discussion

Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 3:00 P.M.
Paul D. Coverdell Center, 500 D.W. Brooks Drive, South Campus, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602

How does the color of your skin affect your health? What about the size of your wallet, your stress level on the job, or the landscape of your neighborhood?

This spring the Russell Library, a political archives at the University of Georgia, invites you to participate in a film and discussion series that will explore the ways in which inequities and discrimination shape our health. Joining with partners from the UGA and Athens communities, the Russell Library will host public screenings of the seven-part documentary film, Unnatural Causes, a film that focuses on the social and economic factors that shape diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and infant mortality and illness.

On Sunday, April 5th the event will begin with a screening of the documentary’s third episode, “Becoming American.” This thirty minute segment compares the health of recent immigrants to that of the average American, demonstrating that health advantages erode the longer immigrants remain in the US. What causes health to worsen as immigrants become American? What can we all learn about improved well-being from new immigrant communities?

Following the film, panelists Coti Perez-Espinoza (Positive Impact Atlanta), Sharon Gibson (College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Cooperative Extension, UGA), and Sister Margarita Martin (Oasis Católico Santa Rafaela, Athens) will engage in an open dialogue with the audience. The program will conclude with a light reception of healthy snacks.

Events in this program series are all free and open to the public. For further information, directions, or to RSVP for this event, call (706)-542-5788 or visit

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  1. One Response to “Is Inequality Making Us Sick?”

  2. I must have missed this event, should have surly liked to be there.

    But besides that I think color of skin does effect health.

    By Blessing Maseko on Aug 13, 2009

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