The Racial Healing Initiative of the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society is teaming up with Kalamazoo Valley's Arcadia Campus Committee for Cultural Understanding to present a free series of short film segments from "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?" This series, accompanied by facilitated discussion, will be shown in the Mary Jane Stryker Theater at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on the third Wednesdays of September through March (excluding December) from noon until 1 p.m. Bring your lunch. Beverages and cookies will be provided.
The film segments and facilitated discussion will examine the root causes of the alarming socioeconomic and racial inequities in health. New findings suggest there is much more to health than bad habits, health care, or unlucky genes. The social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work can actually get under our skin and disrupt our physiology as much as germs and viruses.
The six topics to be explored are:
September 18: "When the Bough Breaks" -- Can racism become embedded in the body and affect birth outcomes?
October 16: "Becoming American" -- Latino immigrants arrive healthy, so why don't they stay that way?
November 20: "Bad Sugar" -- What are the connections between diabetes, oppression, and empowerment in two Native American communities?
January 15: "Place Matters" -- Why is your street address such a strong predictor of your health?
February 19: "Collateral Damage" -- How do Marshall Islanders pay for globalization and U.S. military policy with their health?
March 19: "Not Just a Paycheck" -- Why do layoffs take such a huge toll in Michigan, but cause hardly a ripple in Sweden?
Come to one, all, or some of these discussions.