In case you missed it over the last month, I recommend checking with your local PBS station to see when they might be rebroadcasting the 4-part documentary series, Unnatural Causes. The series explores racial and socioeconomic disparities in health. It goes beyond looking at disparities in the quality of health care, instead focusing on the social and psychological reasons why certain people are more likely to get sick in the first place, such as higher levels of stress and less access to healthy food and safe places to exercise. You can also buy DVDs of the series.
For more on the subject, check out Eve Ekman's excellent article on the negative health effects of feeling powerless, which we published in the Winter 2007-08 issue of Greater Good, a few months before Unnatural Causes aired.
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Jason Marsh is the editor in chief of Greater Good.