How Racism Makes Us Sick
Why does race matter so profoundly for health?   Dr. David R. Williams, from Harvard’s School of Public Health, developed a scientific scale to measure the impact of Everyday Discrimination on health – revealing how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality – and why Everyday Discrimination results in higher rates of disease and premature death.

History of Disruption of Aboriginal Health Systems through Colonization
Describes the 60,000 year history of health in Australia prior to colonization – and current Health Disparity in Australia – which is a mirror of inequities in the US.  The Lowitja Institute has as its sole mission to support development of First People researchers and physicians to follow the health agenda set by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Race and the Politics of Disaster.  Documentary from Kartemquin Films.  Chicago’s unprecedented 1995 heatwave and the disproportionate deaths in Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods.

THEN Advisor Orrin Williams (expert in sustainable urban communities and economic justice) and famed Chicago public health leader Dr. Linda Murray share insight into the roots of this tragedy.
The film shows how deep social fault lines make some Zip Codes vulnerable while leaving others untouched.

Stan Sonu, MD

The Science of Adversity and the Case for Systemic Empathy
Passionate about urban primary care, THEN Advisor and Pediatrician, Dr. Stan Sonu strongly believes that to achieve system empathy and deliver highest-quality care to underserved and disadvantaged communities, we need to recognize the health impact of adverse childhood stress and trauma.

Childhood Adversity and the Pathway to Chronic Illness
An interview of Patricia Rush, MD (Internal Medicine) about her research on the impact on the brain and on chronic disease and health inequities.  A major factor in health or disease is the role of sleep and sleep disruption.

Audrey Stillerman, MD

The Science of Adversity, Resilience and Transformation
Board Certified Integrative Medicine-Family Medicine physician and THEN Co-Founder, Dr. Audrey Stillerman describes how our current and historical experiences as individuals affect our biology and chart the course of our growth, development and lifespan.

Preventing Intergenerational Trauma.  Australian video discussing how intergenerational trauma occurs and collaboration between indigenous communities and researchers to create a new approach which supports parents who suffered maltreatment in their own childhoods.

Paper Tigers

from KPJR Films.  “Stressed brains can’t learn.”

Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.

How personal trauma and secondary trauma can snowball into crisis.  First person report of the cumulative trauma from our own lives plus secondary trauma from service to others.

Laura describes how she literally found herself at the edge of a cliff – and her road back to health through Self Care.

Nadine Burke Harris, MD

Center for Youth Wellness, San Francisco, CA
​Pediatrician and Surgeon General for California, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris explains that repeated stress (abuse, neglect, or having parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues) has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. ​