During their immersion in South Africa and India, members of the entertainment community participated in two successful, inspiring panel discussions with local TV and film writers, and others involved in entertainment education in-country. The South Africa panel was titled From California to Cape Town: How TV Reaches Global Audiences on Key Health Topics. The panel members for the Cape Town discussion included producer and writer Carol Barbee; Harriet Perlman, senior executive, Soul City Institute for Health and Development Regional Programme; and Makgano Mamabolo, co-executive producer, Puo Pha Productions. The two meetings have forged lasting relationships among the participants, which allow American TV writers to feel more connected globally, and more sympathetic to the pressing health issues of the developing world.
At this Hollywood, Health & Society panel discussion held at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, health and entertainment experts spoke about the science behind climate change and the way it affects health, emerging solutions and the entertainment media's portrayal of these issues. The keynote speaker, Dr. George Luber of the Centers for Disease Control, said the scientific findings about the planet's warming were "unequivocal" and a direct result of an increase in the emissions of greenhouse gases during the past 50 years.
On November 3, 2010, HH&S held the global health panel discussion: “5 Simple Ways to Save a Life,” featuring Dr. Rajeev Venkayya, director of Global Health Vaccine Delivery for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Larry Kaplow, consulting producer for the hit FOX-TV series House, MD, and many others at Writers Guild of America, West. Dr. Venkayya oversees late-stage development of health technologies and interventions.
Health experts discussed leading-edge technology and therapy and exposed the myths of organ donation, and organ recipients and donors shared personal stories about their roles in the second chance at life that donation offers at Writers Guild of America, West. The keynote speaker was Dr. Robert A. Montgomery, director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center.
Medical experts, policy specialists and TV writers who've turned stories about addiction into top-rated television shows offered compelling stories about addiction from substance abuse to treatment and recovery at Writers Guild of America, West. The keynote speaker was Dr. Timothy Condon, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is in touch with heroes on the front lines of health and medical crises worldwide, and our keynote speaker Tachi Yamada oversees the largest health portfolio in the world. This special event featured compelling global health stories from experts in the heart of the action overseas, and TV writers who have turned stories on global health topics into top-rated shows. It was held at Writers Guild of America, West.
Contaminants in the air and water are taking a toll on the health of Americans. But how bad is it really? On this panel, environmental health experts spoke about growing rates of asthma, cancer and other diseases that affect millions of Americans on a daily basis. Experts further exposed the burden environmental toxins place on the health care system, and the quality of life that we enjoy. People who have faced environmental exposures that have changed their lives shared their personal stories. Experts proposed measures that individuals, communities and private industry can take to prevent environmental disease. The moderator was Neal Baer, the executive producer of Law & Order: SVU.