D.C. Talks: Vaccines/New Media ‘Film Festival’; Hoyawood Club at Georgetown

Hollywood, Health & Society Director Sandra de Castro Buffington delivered a keynote address about working with scriptwriters to create global health storylines at the Vaccines and New Media “Film Festival” on Friday, March 16 in Washington, D.C. She presented clips of TV storylines created with HH&S input, including vaccines on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,”  traumatic brain injury on Lifetime’s “Army Wives” and HIV/AIDS on CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

The event, presented by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and SmartGlobalHealth.org, explored how global health organizations and private foundations are making the case for U.S. investments in worldwide immunization—using online videos and social media to reach policymakers and the American public.

You can watch a video of the presentation here

Other participants included Amie Batson, deputy assistant administrator for global health, United States Agency for International Development; Nicole Bates, senior program officer, Global Health Policy & Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; John Donnelly, global health writer and vice president, Burness Communications; Janet Fleischman, senior associate, CSIS Global Health Policy Center; Dan Green, deputy director, Strategic Partnerships at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Stephen Morrison, director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center.

After the Vaccines/New Media film event, Buffington was a guest speaker at Georgetown University’s Hoyawood Club, which focuses on entertainment for the social good. The organization connects students interested in the entertainment industry with media leaders through various film screenings and panel discussions on campus.

Hollywood, Health & Society is a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center that provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for health storylines.

SmartGlobalHealth.org is the website for the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, a leading policy research institution focused on building bipartisan awareness about global health and its importance to U.S. national security.