About Us

The Hollywood, Health & Society story

Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S) is a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center that provides the entertainment industry with accurate and up-to-date information for storylines on health, safety, and security.

HH&S receives generous support from a variety of partners who recognize the profound impact that entertainment has on audience knowledge and behavior.

We’ve been lucky over the past 20 years to have been supported by the likes of

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • California Health Care Foundation
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • John Pritzker Family Fund
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • SCAN Foundation

And many more.

We offer several resources, including briefings and consultations with experts, panel discussions about timely health issues, writers mixers, education trips, a quarterly HH&S newsletter, and an expanding list of tip sheets written specifically for writers and producers.

We’ve worked with hundreds of shows including Bel Air, The Blacklist, Chicago Med, Grey’s Anatomy, Law and Order: SVU, Madam Secretary, New Amsterdam, Pretty Little Liars, The Resident, Scandal, Shameless, Station 19, Superman & Lois, This is Usthe list goes on and on.

Coming from an academic institution with decades of empirical research to back it up, we say this with confidence: stories matter.  

We’re here to help honor that responsibility. Learn more about the HH&S program here!