Doctors see the effects of poverty in the patients almost every day, but treating the root causes requires taking action outside their clinics and hospitals.
Dr. Paula Braveman (right) is a professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF, where she also directs the Center on Social Disparities in Medicine.
Dr. Mary Maddox-Gonzales, head of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, urges doctors and other medical practitioners to speak out about the public health implications of policies at every level of government.
The recent PBS television series Unnatural Causes answered the basic question it posed in the affirmative. So did the KRCB-Television report on same question here in the North Bay. You can see what we found out here. Both the national series and our local report will be rebroadcast again this fall.