Is inequality making us sick?
On Monday April 1, 2019, as part of National Public Health week, D’Youville College, Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo, and Community Partners of Western New York, will be co-sponsoring a film screening and discussion of Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and in Wealth which explores racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health. The film will be followed by a facilitated discussion including a presentation of regional data mirroring the health-wealth gradient seen in the film. We will discuss the issues as well as solutions at the policy, institutional, and program levels.
There are zip codes in Buffalo where 1/6 babies are born low birth weight and infant mortality is more than three times the national rate (19.8 versus 6.1 per 1000 births). The rate of free/reduced lunch eligibility in Buffalo Public Schools is about 70% compared to 7% in suburban school districts like East Aurora and Orchard Park. A marker of poverty, this is accompanied by many other adverse health outcomes including higher rates of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Health inequalities are not natural; they result from decisions that we as a society have made.
To register, please visit the event website