Learn about minority health issues at screening of ‘Unnatural Causes’

EVERETT — Minorities, no matter their income, are more likely to suffer from health problems.

That’s the premise of a new PBS documentary, “Unnatural Causes,” which will be shown at a community meeting scheduled for tonight at Providence Everett Medical Center.

The Communities of Color Coalition, a local organization that formed to advocate for minorities, received a $600 grant from Snohomish County Community Mobilization to host events to view and discuss the documentary, coalition chairwoman Kinuko Noborikawa said.

“The everyday covert and sometimes overt racism causes your body to react in a certain manner,” Noborikawa said. “For example, infant mortality for African Americans and Native Americans is much higher than for white people, even after you correct for socioeconomic differences.”

Tonight’s meeting, which is free and open to the public, will include a light dinner, a showing of the documentary, and a discussion on what can be done to change the problem of health disparity between races.

Another meeting, scheduled for June 3, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Frank Wagner Elementary School in Monroe. At that meeting, the documentary will be shown in Spanish, Noborikawa said.

Reporter Krista J. Kapralos: 425-339-3422 or kkapralos@heraldnet.com.

‘Unnatural Causes’

A documentary about health disparities between races will be shown today at a meeting scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at Providence Everett Medical Center, 916 Pacific Ave., Everett, in the A and B conference rooms.

For more information, call 425-258-8828.

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