Public Health and Social Justice Connection Examined in New KCET Documentary ‘POWER & HEALTH’

Chelsea Grosbeck

Experts Review How Society’s Health and Wellness
Is Shaped by Inequality and Injustice

Pictured from left to right: Images from POWER & HEALTH civil rights demonstrators staging a sit-in at the U.S. Capitol March, 15, 1965 and Eric Liu co-founder and CEO of Citizen University. (Images courtesy of KCET)

Burbank, Calif. – September 30, 2020 – KCET, Southern California’s home for award-winning public media programming, announced today the Southern California premiere of the film POWER & HEALTH. The new documentary produced with support from  The California Endowment examines the underlying sociological and economic forces that fundamentally shape public health outcomes. Going beyond eating well, exercising and genetics, experts analyze how the intersectionality of race, wealth and power contribute to structures of discrimination that then result in health inequities. POWER & HEALTH premieres in Southern California on Tues., Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m. on KCET and encores on Thurs., Oct. 29 at 9:00 p.m. PT on PBS SoCal.

POWER & HEALTH dives into the power structures throughout history and today that shape citizens’ chances for health and well-being. Economists, sociologists, epidemiologists and experts include Dr. Sandro Galea (Dean at the Boston University School of Public Health), Dr. john a. powell (Professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law), Dr. Manuel Pastor (Professor at the University of Southern California), Dr. Camara Jones (Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Public Health) and Eric Liu (co-founder and CEO of Citizen University).

The documentary POWER & HEALTH is part of a programming lineup focused on this election cycle, where PBS SoCal and KCET explore the past, present and future of democracy. KCET and PBS SoCal are committed to bringing viewers a broad array of initiatives as part of a “VOTE 2020” campaign. With both national and locally-produced programming, online content (including the always popular “Props in a Minute”) and virtual local events focused on this election cycle. Programming includes NewsHour‘s unbiased coverage of the conventions and the debates, FRONTLINE‘s investigative reports on the candidates and Washington Week‘s analysis, as well as all-new KCET Original documentaries that spotlight California’s changing population, values and social movements. Local election coverage both on-air and online deciphers the issues that viewers will find on the ballot and how they will impact the city and state. Finally, a partnership has been formed this year with the nonpartisan organization I Am A Voter to highlight the civic responsibility of voting. For more election-related content and news articles go to and

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The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians.  The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools and with prevention. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. For more information, visit