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New Efforts to Improve Rural Healthcare Crisis

By Suzanne Gordon The three caregivers we meet in The Providers face daunting challenges as they try to deliver medical and mental healthcare to patients in rural New Mexico. Sadly, their struggles are reproduced all over America because for decades the nation has failed to address the problem of delivering healthcare outside of urban and … READ MORE

How a Lifelong Fascination with Medicine Turned into a Film About the Rural Healthcare Crisis

[UPDATED April 6, 2019: We reached out to filmmakers Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin to gather their thoughts on why they titled their film The Providers.] The filmmaking team behind the Independent Lens documentary The Providers live on opposite coasts from each other — Laura Green in San Francisco, Anna Moot-Levin in Brooklyn — but they came … READ MORE

African Americans Hit Hardest by HIV in the South

While HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence to the same extent it was 20 years ago, 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with HIV each year, and the disparities are startling when broken down by race, gender, and region. As reflected in June Cross’s film Wilhemina’s War [premieres February 29; check local listings], which puts a human … READ MORE

The Cost of Love: Caring for Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

Did you know that November is National Family Caregiver Month? (Here are some suggested ways of thanking the caregivers in your life.) The care of aging adults is a problem we all face, especially with more and more Americans living longer, but caring for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) makes the aging process all the more … READ MORE

The Waiting Room: Online Screening and Chat

In his new Independent Lens documentary The Waiting Room (premiering on PBS Monday night 10/21 at 10 PM), Peter Nicks presents a more intimate portrait of a debate so entrenched in Washington and around the nation that Congress just narrowly missed a self-inflicted shutdown over it. In true vérité format, The Waiting Room offers a non-partisan … READ MORE

The Waiting Room: U.S. Health Insurance Facts & Figures

In conjunction with the Independent Lens premiere of The Waiting Room on PBS [Monday, October 21 at 10 PM; check local listings], we’ve culled some revealing stats about American health care today. Clearly this is a hot topic, and a hot-button topic for that matter, but regardless of what your personal viewpoint is on the … READ MORE

The Waiting Room: Interview with Filmmaker Peter Nicks

With health care on the minds of all Americans these days and with discussions happening for better and for worse, it’s easy to lose sight of the human element. The Waiting Room goes a long way toward changing that. Read our exclusive interview with its filmmaker Peter Nicks on the challenges of shooting in a busy hospital and on what influenced him.

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