Community & Public Health
Are the Kids Alright?
Filmed in courtrooms, correctional institutions, treatment centers, and family homes, this searing documentary examines the results of the tragic decline in mental health services for children and adolescents at risk.
Bevel Up: Drugs, Users & Outreach Nursing
How can nurses deliver effective and compassionate healthcare to drug users? This compelling documentary follows a team of "street nurses" as they reach out to prevent AIDS and other STDs by going directly to the young people, sex workers, and homeless men and women living in the alleys, shelters, and skid row hotels of the inner city.
Fighting AIDS with community medicine in Malawi.
Black Dawn: The Next Pandemic
We seem to have escaped the threat of a global bird flu pandemic, but what about next time? This gripping docudrama, based on scientific reality, imagines what it would be like if it actually happens. Many experts predict that such a pandemic will occur, and could be more lethal than all of the world's previous plagues.
Bodies and Souls
Sister Manette, a nurse practitioner, and a white Catholic nun, runs the only health clinic in Jonestown, a largely African-American town in the heart of the Mississippi delta, where many people haven't seen a doctor more than once or twice in their lives.
Explores the tragic personal and social impact of asbestos-related disease, through the stories of several former asbestos workers.
A smart outspoken teenager, Allison, not only took on her own high school’s cafeteria, but set out to help other students across Ontario to lobby their schools for better food as well. Teenagers will relate to this engaging documentary, following Allison and her posse of food advocates as they go undercover to collect the evidence and testimony.
A multi-cultural array of patients, clinicians, and other healthcare workers explore the many ways that differences in culture, race and ethnicity affect health and the delivery of healthcare services.
Country Doctors, Rural Medicine
Health care in rural America is in trouble. While rural populations grow older, poorer and sicker, doctors, nurse-practitioners, and other healthcare providers are in critically short supply. Yet there are many rewards for professionals who choose to serve rural communities.
Crystal Fear, Crystal Clear
Methamphetamine, or crystal meth, has become the drug of choice for teenagers in small towns across North America. Highly addictive, cheap, and easy to get, it can cause psychosis, permanent brain damage, and even death. This program documents a year in the lives of three families devastated by this powerful, seductive drug.
Dealing with the Demon
Three-episode series that interweaves contemporary human stories with crucial scenes from the history of the drug trade, providing a provocative and timely commentary from which to view the ongoing debate.
Dear Dr. Spencer
From the early 1920s until his death in 1969, Dr. Robert Douglas Spencer practiced medicine in a small town in Pennsylvania, where he treated colds, set fractures — and performed illegal abortions.
Through the story of one young visiting nurse and her elderly patient, Gerardo, this challenging documentary explores personal, professional, and ethical dilemmas faced by nurses working in home care and community settings.
The Family Meal
Obesity is second only to smoking as the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. This documentary suggests that one cause of today's obesity crisis is the decline of the family meal.
Yuka, almost 200 pounds and fast approaching fifty, decides the time has come to lose weight in hopes of becoming healthier and happier.
Filmmaker-in-Residence: The Complete Collection
A series of multi-platform documentaries addressing inner-city health concerns through digital storytelling. This is the complete collection of short films and a CD-ROM with resource materials.
Front Wards, Back Wards
They were called idiots, simpletons and fools, and for 160 years Fernald State School America’s first institution for people who were then labeled mentally retarded was where they would stay. Through the recollections of staff, residents and families, this program profiles the evolution of our attitudes toward people with developmental disabilities.
Gambling Boys (New Release)
Looks at the growing problem of gambling addiction among teenagers.
Good Food/Bad Food
Clear, accessible, and often humorous, this program examines the alarming rise of childhood obesity in the United States, while demonstrating effective ways that educators and parents can prevent and reverse the effects of this tragic epidemic.
Guinea Worm: The End Of The Road
Examines the nearly successful fight to eradicate a water borne parasite in Africa.
A documentary anthology on health and homelessness, and a frank and invaluable resource for anyone interested in how media and medicine can work together to change lives.
The Hidden Face of Fear
Neuroscientists and psychologists are approaching a common understanding of how the brain's fear circuitry works, and changes.
Hold Your Breath
Mohammad Kochi, a devout Muslim immigrant, faces possible death from stomach cancer. His American doctors try to comprehend his faith and respect his viewpoints, but cultural and linguistic confusions complicate his treatment. His story, first summarized in the acclaimed Worlds Apart series, is a powerful argument for the necessity of cultural competence and diversity training.
A mental health nurse and a police officer ride the streets of the inner city in an unmarked police car, responding to 911 calls involving what are officially called "emotionally disturbed persons" (EDP).
Karen Refugees: Fleeing Burma’s Forgotten War
A courageous band of “backpack medics” slips through the jungle, avoiding army checkpoints, to deliver medical supplies and care to their people, the Karen minority of Burma. The limited services they provide are the only medical care available in this war-torn region.
Killed by Care
Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die as a result of medical mistakes. This film looks at how to fix the healthcare system to cut deaths.
Ladies in Waiting
A maternity clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo copes with its patients' lack of money while trying to provide the best-intentioned care.
Lest We Forget: Silent Voices
Documenting the least-known part of the civil rights movement, these are the first-person stories of people with developmental disabilities — labeled “mentally defective” — who were sent away to state institutions. It also features the voices of the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters who were left behind, as well as pioneering professionals and advocates who put their own lives and careers in jeopardy to change the system.
Let Them Eat Cake
Against the backdrop of the "Texas Cupcake Controversy," this humorous documentary takes a close look at the processed food industry and at the ways that junk food and beverages are marketed to children a factor believed to be a major contributor to today's epidemic of obesity.
Profile of the Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, D.C. which primarily serves and is likewise staffed by the African American community, providing prenatal, birth, postpartum, gynecological and other pediatric care.
One in 2000
Each year an estimated one in two thousand babies are born with anatomy that doesn't clearly mark them as either male or female. This provocative documentary demystifies the issue through intimate and sympathetic profiles of people born with intersex conditions who are living "ordinary" and productive lives.
A portrayal of the history and great public health impact of public health nursing programs in both urban and rural communities. Not Available for Rental.
The Secret Life of Babies
A two-part examination of the psychological development of babies, from intrauterine life to the first months after birth. How do fetuses and babies perceive their worlds, and ours?
Until the late 1950's Americans with leprosy could be forcibly transported, often in chains, to the leprosarium at Carville. This is a disturbing story of stigma and discrimination in our public health system.
A Sentence for Two
Women who deliver babies in prison have few options; if they can’t find a family member to care for the infant, they will need to place it in foster care, or choose adoption — possibly never to be reunited. This film contrasts the stories of four Oregon inmates with a New York prison nursery where Dr. Mary Byrne has been studying infant development during the first year of life in prison.
Song of the Soul
An inside look at urban and rural hospice centers across South Africa that provide community-based compassionate care in the face of widespread poverty.
State of Mind
Albert Pesso trains mental-health care works in Kinshasa, Congo, in a technique to help genocide survivors overcome the traumas they witnessed and endured.
Surrounded by Waves
A global exploration of the health impacts of electromagnetic waves in our wireless technology.
Training Parent Facilitators
How can hospitals accommodate parents’ wish to support their children during invasive procedures or resuscitation, while ensuring that clinicians can deliver optimum care? This video documents an innovative training program for “parent facilitators.” It uses realistic simulations in which staff members interact with specially trained actors portraying the parents of a sick or injured child undergoing emergency treatment.
The Weight of Obesity
Obesity is second only to smoking as the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. This documentary takes an accessible, non-clinical approach that communicates the serious consequences of obesity, while also offering strategies for change.
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for men under the age of 35. Narrated by an Olympic gold snowboarder, this documentary tells the story of three young men living with permanent brain damage from head injuries while pursuing extreme sports.
This short video follows two drug users through a groundbreaking program that teaches the signs of drug overdose and the basic CPR needed to save lives. In an unusual and controversial approach, the DOPE program also prescribes the antidote Narcan directly to drug users.