WGAE President Beau Willimon on Working With HH&S
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 national security. With generous support from funders that include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The SCAN Foundation, N Square, the California Health Care Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, John Pritzker Family Fund, LUNGevity, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HH&S recognizes the profound impact that entertainment has on audience knowledge and behavior.
In partnership with our funding agencies, we offer several resources, including quick facts, briefings and consultations with experts, case examples, panel discussions about timely health issues, a quarterly newsletter with health updates called Real to Reel, and an expanding list of tip sheets written specifically for writers and producers. Tip sheets are available here, on the CDC website, and on the NCI website as well. The broad range of topics includes influenza, toxic mold, smallpox, cancer, autism, motor vehicle crashes, obesity, adolescent health issues, antibiotic resistance, clinical trials and much more.
More about the HH&S program here.