The First Wave (streaming, Academic Video Online)With exclusive access inside one of New York’s hardest hit hospital systems during the terrifying first four months of the pandemic, Oscar®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning director Matthew Heineman’s THE FIRST WAVE spotlights the everyday heroes at the epicenter of COVID-19 as they come together to fight one of the greatest threats the world has ever encountered.
The curve (streaming, Academic Video Online)In the first major creative documentary covering America's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oscar-nominated director Adam Benzine and an all-star creative team trace the decisions and mistakes made by the U.S. government over a crucial three-month period, using a creative blend of interviews, archival material and original music.
Unnatural Causes Collection (streaming, Kanopy)UNNATURAL CAUSES sounds the alarm about the extent of our glaring socio-economic and racial inequities in health and searches for their root causes. But those causes are not what we might expect. While we pour more and more money into drugs, dietary supplements and new medical technologies, UNNATURAL CAUSES crisscrosses the country investigating the findings that are shaking up conventional understanding of what really makes us healthy or sick.
Frontline: Sick Around the World (dvd)At a time when nationalized healthcare and health care reform are being hotly debated in the United States, Frontline correspondant T.R. Reid examines first-hand how other advanced capitalist democracies--United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland--deliver healthcare and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures
Roots of Health (streaming, Academic Video Online)At a time when health care dominates the news, there is a strong sense that good health is all about access to doctors, hospitals, medicine, and insurance. This thought-provoking and insightful documentary demonstrates otherwise. Using incisive case studies from around the world, it explores how people’s health and well-being is primarily determined by where they live, their educational, social, and economic status, and the degree of control they have over their lives.
The film illustrates that these are the true roots of health – though generally overlooked in the contentious national debate over health care – and they can be improved dramatically for whole communities through social and political action. Roots of Health features three powerful stories filmed in London, England, Ahmedabad, India, and Oakland, California. Each story looks at the socio-economic conditions that contribute to illness, and how people can take charge of their own lives and health.
Health Factory (streaming, Academic Video Online)Health care institutions mimic industry production to become more efficient. The goal is to get more health for the money spent, based on the presumption that private corporations are more efficient and less wasteful than public institutions. Do we have to be in competitive state in order to work efficiently, or does professional pride really exist? Are we about to lose our humanity in our struggle to increase productivity? What happens when our hospitals come to resemble factories?
Uncovered (streaming, Academic Video Online)Uncovered puts a human face on America's health care crisis by chronicling the harrowing struggles of the Nazaretyan family to care for their disabled children without insurance.
Escape Fire (streaming, Academic Video Online)Tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? We spend $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs - almost as much as the rest of the world combined. We pay more, yet our health outcomes are worse. About 65% of Americans are overweight and almost 75% of healthcare costs are spent on preventable diseases that are the major causes of disability and death in our society.
Unseen Enemy (streaming, Academic Video Online)Unseen Enemy examines why in the 21st century we are experiencing a rash of diseases that were once only outbreaks but have now become full - blown epidemics. Moving across the globe, you'll meet our characters: doctors, disease detectives, everyday men and women. Every one of them has stepped into the horror of an epidemic and emerged deeply changed.
Examining the recent epidemics of Ebola, Influenza, and Zika, Unseen Enemy makes it clear that epidemics bring out the best and worst of human behavior, and that their effect goes far beyond the terrible tolls of sickness and death.
Emergency!: A Critical Situation (streaming, Academic Video Online)Overcrowding. Budget cuts. Massive layoffs and early retirement. After years of cutbacks and restructuring, how is our health-care system holding up? To find out, director Tahani Rached takes us to the emergency room for an inside look at the working lives of men and women who deal with the fallout every single day: the ER nurses.
Sicko (dvd)Michael Moore focused this documentary on the crumbling American healthcare system. His thesis is: places like Canada, Great Britain, France, even Guantanamo Bay enjoy universal health care, while the majority of American's struggle with HMO nightmares, inflated costs, and inferior care in what is essentially a profit-oriented health-insurance industry.
Selling Sickness (dvd)SELLING SICKNESS exposes the unhealthy relationship between society, medical science and the pharmaceutical industry. The film features commentary from paid medical consultants to the drug companies, patients, researchers, patient advocates, advertisers, attorneys, and psychiatrist Dr. David Healy, a critic of the pharmaceutical industry. SELLING SICKNESS also visits trade shows and professional conferences to show how the pharmaceutical industry promotes the use of its drugs within the medical community.
The Waiting Room (dvd)A character-driven documentary film that goes behind the doors of an American public hospital (Highland Hospital, Oakland, Ca.) struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. Young victims of gun violence take their turn alongside artists and small business owners who lack insurance. The film weaves the stories of several patients-as well as the hospital staff charged with caring for them-as they cope with the complexity of the nation's public health care system.
Frontline: The Meth Epidemic (dvd)FRONTLINE, in association with The Oregonian, investigates the ongoing meth problem in America: the devastating impact on individuals, families, and communities, and the state-by-state battles to make pseudoephedrine a prescription drug, a strategy that's led to significant improvement in Oregon.
Pandemic: Facing AIDS (dvd)The theatrical version of the 5-part HBO series examines the worldwide spread of AIDS over the last twenty years through the stories of people from around the globe. Director Rory Kennedy looks at the triumphs and tragedies of five people from Uganda, India, Brazil, Thailand, and Russia dealing with the devastating disease.
NPR Throughlines: The Everlasting ProblemHealth insurance for millions of Americans is dependent on their jobs. But it's not like that everywhere. So, how did the U.S. end up with such a fragile system that leaves so many vulnerable or with no health insurance at all? On this episode, how a temporary solution created an everlasting problem.
America Dissected with Abdul El-SayedWhat is really up with anti-vaxxers? Can crystals actually heal you? Is loneliness making us sick? And who does our healthcare system really serve? In America Dissected, host Dr. Abdul El-Sayed goes beyond the headlines to explore what really matters for our health.
Vox: The Impact: The policies that created the opioid epidemicThere's a well-known narrative about the opioid epidemic: pharmaceutical companies and dirty doctors pushed misinformation and addictive drugs on patients. But there's also a policy story here, about well-meaning doctors who tried to find the best solution for their patients in pain. These doctors developed and spread new policies that urged their peers to treat pain as a vital sign and measure it at every visit. That policy change helped create the nationwide opioid epidemic we’re dealing with today.
The NocturnalistsWe are The Nocturnists, a San Francisco-based independent medical storytelling community. Since 2016, we’ve produced over a dozen live storytelling shows in the Bay Area and New York City, three seasons of our podcast, and two special audio diary series.
The American healthcare system is making doctors and other healthcare workers sick — physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Even before COVID-19, we faced a crisis of burnout, depression, and suicidality. Now the situation is worse.
We aspire to transform the culture of medicine by shattering the myth of the physician-God. We've created a space where doctors can stand on stage in front of 700 strangers (or come onto the podcast) and talk about their fears, doubts, mistakes, joys, passions, tics, and quirks, and be understood and embraced by their peers and the general public alike.
An Arm and a LegA show about the cost of health care that’s more entertaining, empowering, and occasionally useful than enraging, and terrifying and depressing.
Kaiser Health News: What the HealthJoin Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, along with top health policy reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and other media outlets to discuss the latest news and explain what the health is going on here in Washington.