The video Unnatural Causes delved deeper into issues that have been in the media and the public eye a lot more often than usual lately. The politics surrounding healthcare are confusing, but this video explained healthcare disparities in a detailed yet comprehensible fashion. One of the most important parts of this video was its description of chronic stressors. It described that although everyone is affected by stress, the level of pressure felt depends on the person’s power, control, and access to resources to manage stressors. This reminded of a TED Talk I recently attended given by the Executive Director of the Detroit Health Department, Abdul El-Sayed. He discussed how he recently advised an African American woman living in a Detroit neighborhood to start eating healthier and taking daily walks. She responded that there wasn’t a grocery store with healthy food she could make herself within walking distance (since she didn’t have a car), so she had to eat fast food everyday. She also said that since she works two jobs, she doesn’t get home until 7pm each evening, by which time it’s too dark to walk in her unsafe neighborhood. This is the kind of systematic disadvantage that so many of people of color have to deal with everyday. It’s so easy for people not in this class position to simply say “exercise more” or “eat healthier”, but so much more impractical to actually put into practice. With these circumstances, it’s difficult to know where to even begin to try fix this. My question to you all is what kind of policies do you think we can enforce to try to eliminate health disparities? What is the first step?