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"Unnatural Causes" Community Viewing Toolkit


"Unnatural Causes: Is inequality making us sick?" is a groundbreaking documentary film series that examines the root causes of inequalities in health and challenges us to take action. The Commission has used the series as a tool to educate, convene, and enhance conversations with community residents, policy makers, health care institutions, educational institutions, and neighborhood organizations to understand and address the factors that make some communities healthier than others.

Objective: To bring together neighborhood  residents, leaders, youth and organizations to plan and convene neighborhood-based viewing dialogues that engage communities disproportionately impacted by inequities in health and that will connect residents and organizations to opportunities that advance health equity with a relevant neighborhood-based agenda.

Target Audience: Neighborhood organizations, residents, leaders and youth

Process and Timeline: Anywhere from 1-3 months, depending on intended audience and scope of the agenda.

Primary Toolkit:

Health Equity and Social Justice Toolkit

Secondary Toolkits:

Communications Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Cultural Competency, Environmental Justice, Health Equity, Health Promotion and Health Education, Minority, Social Justice, Vulnerable Populations


500,000 - 749,999

Institutional Author:

Boston Public Health Comission





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