Sentinel for Health Awards
The Sentinel for Health Awards, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recognize exemplary achievements of television storylines that inform and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives.
Eight categories of storylines are recognized: Daytime Drama, Primetime Drama (major storyline), Primetime Drama (minor storyline), Primetime Comedy, Spanish-Language Telenovela, Reality Show, Children's Programming, Global Health Topic and Climate Change.
Each entry is screened by Hollywood, Health & Society staff for eligibility. Qualifying entries are evaluated in two rounds of judging. In the first round of judging, each storyline is reviewed for accuracy by a panel of topic experts who take the following into consideration:
• How the health problem can be prevented
Finalists from the first round of judging are reviewed by a panel of invited experts from public health, academic, advocacy and entertainment organizations. The entries are evaluated on the following criteria:
• Potential benefit to the viewing audience
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Hollywood, Health & Society is accepting entries for the 2013 Sentinel for Health Awards, which recognize exemplary achievements of daytime and primetime TV shows that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives. TV dramas, comedies and telenovelas that address public health topics and air in the United States are eligible to enter the awards competition. Deadlines for entries is May 31, 2013. For more information and an entry form, click here. To read the press release, click here.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Winners of the 2012 Sentinel for Health Awards for exemplary achievements of television storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives were announced at a ceremony Sept. 19 at the Writers Guild of America, West in Los Angeles. The NBC drama Law & Order: SVU received first place in the Primetime Drama (major storyline) category for accurately portraying the emotional effects and legalities around childhood sexual abuse. An episode of Fox’s Touch earned first place in Global Health for a storyline about domestic abuse, and NBC’s hit, Up All Night, won first place in the Comedy category for a storyline about the realities of childbirth.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Winning the first-place award in the category of Primetime Drama (Major Storyline) at the 12th annual Sentinel for Health Awards was the NBC series Parenthood, for an episode in which a couple struggle with how to tell their son that he has Asperger’s, a form of autism. The judges called the episode, titled “Qualities and Difficulties,” an “excellent depiction” and a “great example of a family working together to deal with a very tough issue. [The episode] showed realistic struggles and coping strategies.” Shows from five categories were recognized: primetime major storyline, primetime minor storyline, global health, telenovela and children's programming. Parenthood co-stars include Peter Krause, Monica Potter, Lauren Graham, Craig T. Nelson and Dax Shepard.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Hollywood, Health & Society announced the winners of this year's Sentinel for Health Awards at a moving ceremony, followed by a panel discussion with the writers on September 22 at the Writers Guild of America, West, in Los Angeles. In its eleventh year, the Sentinel for Health Awards recognizes exemplary achievements of television storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives. Five categories of storylines were recognized—primetime drama, primetime drama minor storyline, children's programming, telenovela, and global health storyline.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The NBC drama ER received first place in the primetime drama category at the tenth annual Sentinel for Health Awards for a storyline involving a grandmother’s anguish as she makes the difficult decision to allow her grandson’s organs to be donated, giving meaning to his tragic death and a second chance at life to others. The same ER episode also earned first place for a primetime minor storyline about the use of a safe surgery checklist in the operating room, while ABC’s Desperate Housewives took first place in primetime comedy for a storyline about childhood obesity.