Online Program

RWJF 2015 TED Equity Film Series

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 1:24 p.m. - 1:29 p.m.

Robin Honan, DB Productions, New York, NY
Jessica Mark, MPH, CPH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ
Everyone in America deserves a chance to live the healthiest life possible. The reality is a bit more complicated: A person’s ZIP code, after all, can be as important as their genetic code when it comes to determining health. A true Culture of Health in the United States won’t be possible unless we address the inequities that allow some full access to a healthier life, while others are left to struggle.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and DB Productions partnered up and enlisted five talented—brilliant, really—young filmmakers to help show what millions of people face in their pursuit of a healthy life. We asked each of them to tell the stories of their lives and to document the challenges that sometimes seem distant, but that are all too real for the people in their worlds. Through these films, we challenged viewers to envision a future in which everyone had access and a path to a healthier life.

The films were showcased at an exclusive workshop at the TED 2015 annual conference in Vancouver. The workshop and social media distribution of the videos sparked further discussion and ideas for improving health and overall equity among some of the world’s most influential players across a range of fields and disciplines.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Identify what shapes health and contributes to inequity, including exposure to violence, harassment, pollution, and limited access to the things that can promote better health like access to healthy foods and safe places to exercise. Demonstrate how the stories behind the data can be powerful drivers of empathy and action. Discuss and spark an inclusive dialogue, including the voices of youth, around building a Culture of Health where every person across the nation can lead a healthier life.

Keyword(s): Advocacy for health and health education, Public health or related education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My experience has focused on managing digital storytelling in all its forms, including video, multimedia experiences, photography and social media -- and how they work together to inspire change. I've managed the development of stories for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services and others through the course of my career and have a background in public health as well as communications.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.