Community Based Education
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
Thursday, April 8, 2010; 4:30 pm — 8:00 pm
Massey Auditorium – Academic Entrance
The workshop is free and dinner will be provided.
The workshop will begin with a viewing of the “Place Matters” episode from the acclaimed documentary series, Unnatural Causes. The series reveals findings that suggest there is much more to our 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. Furthermore, research has revealed a gradient to health. At each step down the class pyramid, people tend to be sicker and die sooner. But why? How can class and racism disrupt our physiology? Through what channels might inequities in housing, wealth, jobs, and education, along with a lack of power and control over one’s life, translate into bad health? How are the behavioral choices we make (such as diet and exercise) constrained by the choices we have?
Following the film, we will explore these questions and more through discussion and small group workshop. We have exceptional panelists participating.
Michelle Cloutier, MD – Pediatrician at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Professor at UConn, and developed the Easy Breathing program, an asthma management program in Hartford
Cristina Lima, MSW – Program Director for Latino Outreach at Cancer Care, Liaison with Bridgeport Hospital and 2009 Health Leadership Fellow, Connecticut Health Foundation
Baker Salsbury, MPH, MSW, MHSA – Director of Health, Ledge Light District and Chair of the Health Equity Committee for the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health
Jay Sicklick, JD – Deputy Director, Center for Children’s Advocacy; Director, Medical-Legal Partnership Project, Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law