HS1002A – Social Determinants of Health
Guiding Questions for Not Just a Paycheck, Episdode 7 of Unnatural Causes
There are 3 themes explored in this film:
1. Layoffs, unemployment, and job insecurity have a negative effect on health.
2. Public policies that provide a social safety net can buffer unemployed workers and
their families from economic disruptions and uncertainties that affect health.
3. Societies that take a “we’re all in this together” approach to policy have better health
outcomes than those that leave individuals and communities to fend for themselves.
The overarching question that should guide your viewing of the film is: When a Swedish-
owned company closed manufacturing plants in Greenville, Michigan, and Vastervik,
Sweden, why did the health of Greenville residents quickly deteriorate while health
outcomes in Vastervik remained steady?
Economic Globalization- increased speed on which global trade happens, upsurge in how
goods, services and capital money (wealth) is exchanged and the willing to mobilize capital
wealth; increase movement of bodies
NAFTA- North American Free Trade Agreement
- Removing tariffs and taxes from trade occurring across borders
- Eliminating barriers to trade
- Into play in 1994
- Generated controversy: benefiting some people but not others, didn’t benefit the
environment, caused companies to go to places where the was cheaper labour
o Not just cheaper but maybe not protected by the union
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