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Healthcare Policy: Media

Finding Media

Here are a lists of databases that feature different kinds of media like films, audio, and pictures. 

Available Through Kanopy

The different Health Policy Issue videos on Kanopy are spread out under a few different topics. The best way to find them is to just search for the issue you are looking for within Kanopy. 

On the next three tabs are three films available through Kanopy dealing with Health Policy Issues: 

  • Should You Vaccinate? Arguments For and Against Modern Vaccinations
  • Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs
  • Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Kanopy Provided Description: Vaccines are widely regarded as one of the greatest achieves of modern medicine and save millions of lives every year. But there are an increasing number of families who decide, for one reason or another, not to vaccinate their children. As a result, diseases that were almost eradicated in the developed countries are returning.We hear from various families that are against vaccination. Some of them believe in natural and alternative medicines, others don't believe that vaccines are safe while others think that the diseases that are prevented by vaccines don't exist nowadays or are not dangerous any more.We also hear from those who nearly died or were left seriously handicapped after contracted diseases preventable by vaccine. Roelofje was raised in a Calvinist community in Holland, where vaccination is forbidden for religious reasons. She contracted polio and is when she was a child and is now severely disabled. Palash was left brain damaged after contracting measles while Raquel nearly died after also contracting measles.We also analyze the role of Internet as a tool for spreading ideas against vaccination and interview epidemiologists, pediatric doctors, homeopaths, as well as representatives of the European Medicines Agency and of the pharmaceutical industry.Should the decision to vaccination be a strictly personal matter or a public health issue?

Citation: Oliver, R. Segarra, S. (Director). (2016). Should You Vaccinate? [Video file]. Java Films. Retrieved July 3, 2019, from Kanopy.

Kanopy Provided Description: Big Bucks, Big Pharma pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for capital gain. Focusing on the industry's marketing practices, media scholars and health professionals help viewers understand the ways in which direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical advertising glamorizes and normalizes the use of prescription medication, and works in tandem with promotion to doctors. Combined, these industry practices shape how both patients and doctors understand and relate to disease and treatment. Ultimately, Big Bucks, Big Pharma challenges us to ask important questions about the consequences of relying on a for-profit industry for our health and well-being.Featuring interviews with Dr. Marcia Angell (Dept. of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Former Editor New England Journal of Medicine), Dr. Bob Goodman (Columbia University Medical Center; Founder, No Free Lunch), Gene Carbona (Former Pharmaceutical Industry Insider and Current Executive Director of Sales, The Medical Letter), Katharine Greider (Journalist; Author, The Big Fix: How the Pharmaceutical Industry Rips Off American Consumers,), Dr. Elizabeth Preston (Dept. of Communication, Westfield State College), and Dr. Larry Sasich (Public Citizen Health Research Group.

Citation: Earp, J. Alper, L. Ridbergp, R. Jhally, S. (Director). (2006). Big Bucks, Big Pharma [Video file]. Media Education Foundation. Retrieved July 3, 2019, from Kanopy.

Episode 1 of The Science of Integrative Medicine

Kanopy Provided Description: Explore the history of alternative approaches to care that have evolved into integrative therapies still in use today. The discussion begins with research investigating how nutrition, exercise, stress management, and social support (NESS) positively affected men diagnosed with prostate cancer. You'll understand why some doctors may still have questions about integrative practices, while others firmly believe they are worthwhile.

Citation: Bauer, B. (Director). (2016). Complementary and Integrative Medicine [Video file]. The Great Courses. Retrieved July 3, 2019, from Kanopy.

Available Through Films on Demand

Many of the videos dealing with Health Care issues are found under the Health & Medicine: Public Health list on the Films on Demand Database. 

On the next three tabs are three films available through Films on Demand that deal with Health Care Policy issues. 

  • Blame Big Pharma for Out-of-Control Health Care Costs: A Debate
  • Vaccines: Calling the Shots
  • More Policing of Pharmacies

Films on Demand Provided Description: Americans spend some $3 trillion a year on health care, representing about 18 percent of the nation's gross domestic product, nearly double what other industrialized countries spend. Some people blame these high costs on big pharmaceutical companies—"Big Pharma" for short—which they accuse of charging exorbitant amounts for certain drugs and raising prices far above the rate of inflation. But others defend the companies, claiming that high prices are necessary to encourage them to develop new life-saving drugs that improve people's health. Is Big Pharma to blame for out-of-control health care costs?


Citation: Blame big pharma for out-of-control health care costs: A debate [Video file]. (2016). Retrieved July 3, 2019, from

Films on Demand Provided Description: Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago--including whooping cough, measles, mumps--are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. This NOVA special takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, and shed light on the risks of opting out. Highlighting real cases and placing them in historical context, the program traces outbreaks of communicable diseases and demonstrates just how fast they can spread--and how many people can fall sick--when a community's immunity barrier falls. Distributed by PBS Distribution.

Citation: Vaccines: Calling the shots [Video file]. (2014). Retrieved July 3, 2019, from

Films on Demand Provided Description: Diana Reed, a 56-year-old Tennessee woman, died suddenly of fungal meningitis after receiving tainted steroids for neck pain. Cases like hers have raised questions about the regulatory oversight of compounding pharmacies. Original broadcast date: November 14, 2012

Citation: More policing of pharmacies [Video file]. (2012). Retrieved July 3, 2019, from

This is a series available through Films on Demand.

John Hui: A Case Study on the Healthcare Industry

Films on Demand Provided Description: John Hui is Co-founder of Twiage, which streamlines workflows and accelerates life-saving care for EMS and hospital teams. In this series, he talks about some challenges to entrepreneurship, such as hiring, innovation, securing venture capital, dealing with confirmation bias, and having emotional intelligence. He also shares his elevator pitch for Twiage, discusses diversity issues in the healthcare industry, and talks about changing behavior as a barrier in the healthcare industry.