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 safety 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 26th the event will begin with a screening of the documentary’s fifth episode, “Place Matters.” This thirty minute segment looks at the increasing migration of Southeast Asian immigrants and Latinos into long-neglected African American urban neighborhoods, and the subsequent erosion of their health. What policies and investment decisions create living environments that harm, or enhance, the health of residents? What actions can make a difference?
Following the film, panelists Dr. Nik Heynen (Department of Geography, UGA), Dr. John Vena (College of Public Health, UGA), Dr. Robert Nielsen (College of Family and Consumer Sciences, UGA), and Chrissy Marlowe (Department of Community Affairs) will engage in an open dialogue with the audience. The program will conclude with a light reception of healthy snacks.