For Writers

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A quick question? We can provide quick answers.
We know you work on tight deadlines. Our staff is ready to help. We'll find facts, case examples, experts and real people who can share their stories.

Consultations

Experts who'll answer questions and offer perspective.
Our list of experts who’ll answer questions and offer perspective is far-reaching—it covers academic, government and health care organizations around the world.

Briefings

Our experts can brief your writers on the hottest health issues.
We can bring information on a wide range of health and climate change topics to your creative teams— right inside the writers rooms.

Storybus Tours/Custom Site Visits

Let us take you straight to the source.
We offer on-the-ground experience to writers, connecting them with local storytellers to learn about health challenges and innovative solutions, from NASA's JPL to Santa Cruz Island to urban mini-farms in East Los Angeles. Tell us where you'd like to go. For more information about upcoming trips or to inquire about customizing a research trip for your group, please contact us at hhs@usc.edu. ➻More information here.

Global Climate Change Initiative

We're helping to bring attention to a big topic.
With the generous support of The Grantham Foundation, the Barr Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund and others, we offer resources to television writers, producers and other entertainment industry professionals working to portray the myriad ways that climate change affects public health. ➻Learn more

Case Examples

Health issues that fit your characters and storylines.
We can share patient stories, public health investigations and focus group findings from our files.

Panel Discussions

Entertaining programs on health challenges and storytelling.
Our discussions feature public health experts, first responders, patients, families—as well as writers and producers—exploring topics such as disabilities, addiction, bioterrorism and HIV/AIDS.

Screenings

Where filmmakers and experts mix it up.
Our screenings present provocative and inspiring films, with Q&As featuring the filmmakers and experts on hand to discuss their work and the latest research.

Based on a True Story

Inspiring and compelling.
Our Real to Reel newsletter will inspire you with health and climate change stories torn from the headlines. ➻Learn more

Tip Sheets

We offer tip sheets and case examples on many health topics.
Tailored especially for writers, these tip sheets can be found here.

Updates on Health Issues

We send out quarterly updates on current health issues.
To receive the inside scoop on disease outbreaks, cancer discoveries and other hot public health topics, send us an email at hhs@usc.edu.

Global Health Program and Outreach

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds worldwide resources.
It supports outreach to the entertainment industry around key health topics such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal health, polio and tobacco. ➻Learn more

Transmedia Outreach

Webisodes, games, websites.
Hollywood, Health & Society’s free resources are also available to those producing new media content on television show websites, video games and social media platforms. In fact, we have already built up a substantial portfolio of work in the digital realm.