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Project SHARE Curriculum: Videos/Films/Games

Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment

Health Equity Films/Videos

Short videos frame ideas for students and start the conversation. 
Selected videos on Health Equity:


Videos from the Boston Public Health Commission, Center for Health Equity and Social Justice:

Shifting the Public Health Paradigm (13 minutes):  

Building Healthier Communities (10 minutes):

Healthy Choices, Healthy Options (3 minutes): 

Our neighborhood is not a Dumping Ground (4 minutes): 


Bridging the Great Divide: Health Disparities in America (Kaiser Permanente)  2 minutes


American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Health Equity Videos 

A series of short videos, about 5 minutes each, focuses on community engagement in an academic health science setting.  Community members speak out about their communities in their own words.

Films and Documentaries on Food

View a documentary or film to engage students in a discussion. 
Film suggestions include:

  • Cafeteria Man (2011)  A documentary film that chronicles the effort to provide healthy meals to Baltimore public school students.  1 hour, 5 minutes. View trailer:
  • Food, Inc. (2008)  This film examines the economic and environmental effects of industrial farming in the United States.  The documentary is divided into three segments which scrutinize mass production of meat, grains and vegetables and the power held by major food companies. 1 hour, 33 minutes. View trailer:
  • Supersize Me (2004)  Director Morgan Spurlock documents a 30-day period during which he adopted an all-McDonald’s diet.  Over the course of the film, Spurlock documents the changes to his physical and psychological well-being and explores the accountability of the fast food industry in America’s obesity epidemic. 1 hour, 40 minutes.  View trailer:  
  • Unnatural Causes; Is Inequality Making Us Sick?  (2009) this documentary series goes beyond popular conceptions linking health to medical care, lifestyles and genes to explore evidence of other more powerful determinants: the social conditions in which we are born, live and work.  Conceived as part of a larger impact campaign in association with leading public health, policy and community-based organizations, the series is a production of California Newsreel with Vital Pictures, Inc.  Opening episode is 56 minutes; the six supporting episodes are about 30 minutes.
    Trailer: 5 minutes

Board Games

Last Straw Board Game (2 hours)

Promote discussion about the social determinants of health by playing The Last Straw! board game.  The game is an educational tool designed to:

  • Foster discussion about the social determinants of health
  • Create awareness of and empathy towards marginalized people
  • Encourage critical thinking

Players develop character profiles and move through life stages during which they encounter environmental, economic, and family issues.  Players gain and lose chips based on community and personal scenarios and the person with the most chips at the end of the game wins.

The Last Straw! is easy to facilitate (training videos are available) and provides players with a participatory learning environment.  The board game can be purchased at: