Hollywood Health & Society

Providing the entertainment industry with free, expert information for storylines on health and climate change.

Calendar

Calendar

2014 sentinel graphic
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 11:15am

Hollywood, Health & Society’s 15th annual Sentinel Awards had it all, including top names from the entertainment industry, a NASA astronaut who wowed the audience when she recounted her childhood dream to one day follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong, and moving tributes to the

howard morris / writer for "call me crazy"
Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Lifetime movie Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (co-starring Jennifer Hudson, pictured) took first-place honors in the Primetime Drama (Major Storyline) category for its portrayals of people dealing with mental illness. The film was among the winners of the 14th annual Sentinel for Health Awards that were announced in a ceremony Sept. 19 in Hollywood. Sentinel Awards recognize exemplary achievements in TV storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

mark dragin / sentinel awards
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Winners of the 2012 Sentinel for Health Awards for exemplary achievements of television storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives were announced at a ceremony Sept. 19 at the Writers Guild of America, West in Los Angeles. The NBC drama Law & Order: SVU received first place in the Primetime Drama (major storyline) category for accurately portraying the emotional effects and legalities around childhood sexual abuse. An episode of Fox’s Touch earned first place in Global Health for a storyline about domestic abuse, and NBC’s hit, Up All Night, won first place in the Comedy category for a storyline about the realities of childbirth.

2012 sentinel awards logo
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center, announces a call for entries for the 13th annual Sentinel for Health Awards. The deadline for all entries is June 15, 2012. The Sentinel for Health Awards, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recognizes exemplary achievements of television storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives. Eight categories of storylines will be recognized: primetime drama, primetime comedy, primetime minor storyline, daytime drama, Spanish-language telenovela, children's programming, global health, and climate change.

bridget carpenter of "parenthood"
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 12:00pm

Winning the first-place award in the category of Primetime Drama (Major Storyline) at the 12th annual Sentinel for Health Awards was the NBC series Parenthood, for an episode in which a couple struggle with how to tell their son that he has Asperger’s, a form of autism. The judges called the episode, titled “Qualities and Difficulties,” an “excellent depiction” and a “great example of a family working together to deal with a very tough issue. [The episode] showed realistic struggles and coping strategies.” Shows from five categories were recognized: primetime major storyline, primetime minor storyline, global health, telenovela and children's programming. Parenthood co-stars include Peter Krause, Monica Potter, Lauren Graham, Craig T. Nelson and Dax Shepard.

sentinel_2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hollywood, Health & Society announced the winners of this year's Sentinel for Health Awards at a moving ceremony, followed by a panel discussion with the writers on September 22 at the Writers Guild of America, West, in Los Angeles. In its eleventh year, the Sentinel for Health Awards recognizes exemplary achievements of television storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives. Five categories of storylines were recognized—primetime drama, primetime drama minor storyline, children's programming, telenovela, and global health storyline.

moira mcmahon of private practice
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 12:00pm

The NBC drama ER received first place in the primetime drama category at the tenth annual Sentinel for Health Awards for a storyline involving a grandmother’s anguish as she makes the difficult decision to allow her grandson’s organs to be donated, giving meaning to his tragic death and a second chance at life to others. The same ER episode also earned first place for a primetime minor storyline about the use of a safe surgery checklist in the operating room, while ABC’s Desperate Housewives took first place in primetime comedy for a storyline about childhood obesity.