A docuseries and discussion exploring racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health is available to the Illinois State University community.
Sponsored by the Student Advisory Board of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Unnatural causes: Conversations about disparities and inequities will feature a seven-part docuseries with biweekly discussions beginning at 7 p.m. February 17. Participants are asked to watch the episode prior to the meeting; you can watch the series, “Unnatural Causes” on Kanopy through Milner Library: https://illstu.kanopy.com/product/unnatural-causes-9.
Those wishing to take part in the discussions must register here: https://forms.illinoisstate.edu/forms/unnatural_causes_discussion.
Discussions will follow the episode order:
In Sickness and In Wealth addresses healthcare concerns caused by low socioeconomic status.
When the Bough Breaks discusses infant mortality differences among Black and white Americans.
Becoming American examines the health conditions like heart disease, obesity, and mental illness acquired by children of Mexican immigrants and their children.
Bad Sugar follows the Pima and Tohono tribes of southern Arizona who have an excessive rate of Type 2 diabetes when their water sources was diverted.
Place Matters examines why living in a certain area can often describe your health status.
Collateral Damage scrutinizes the impact of nuclear testing on the lives of those exposed by radiation.
Also available for viewing
Not Just a Paycheck considers the variety of consequences associated with unemployment for individuals and their families.
This event is part of an initial action plan by the Student Advisory Board (SAB) of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), which recognizes the need to create conversations about topics associated with diversity, equity, and inclusion. SAB and CSD look forward to having these difficult, but essential conversations. Individuals across the University and community are welcomed to share their insights and experiences during these discussions.