HH&S will convene a cutting-edge conference, "Developing a Research Agenda for Entertainment-Education and Global Health," on Feb. 18-19 in Santa Monica, with top communications and global health scholars. The conference promises two full days of activities, including information sessions from noted communication and EE scholars, and focused dialogue on the ways in which research can help inform increasingly effective entertainment education on global topics.
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 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.
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.
Since 2006, the annual Beyond Broadcast conference has explored the evolution of participatory digital public media. Sandra de Castro Buffington, director of the Norman Lear Center's Hollywood, Health & Society program, served on the "That's Entertainment! Or Is It?" panel with Neal Baer, executive producer, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Zoanne Clack, executive producer and writer, Grey's Anatomy. Other participants included Nathalie Applewhite, associate director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Patrice Barrat, a journalist, TV producer and director; and Jasmyne Cannick, a Los Angeles-based critic and commentator.
Sandra de Castro Buffington, the director of the Hollywood, Health & Society project at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, gave a presentation titled "Global Health in Entertainment: Educating Hollywood's Writers" at the Global Health Council Media Awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. on May 28. The event was an opportunity to learn more about the changing media landscape and honor the best of health reporting. The Global Health Council is the world's largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health, and works to ensure that the necessary information and resources are available.
Sandra de Castro Buffington, the director of the Hollywood, Health & Society project at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, presented an address titled "Working With Hollywood's Creative Community to Increase Accuracy of Health Content in TV Storylines" on March 26 at Hofstra University in New York. Her talk was part of a symposium on Media and Social Change that explored the unique role entertainment can play in dealing with social and health issues that affect women in this country and around the world. The keynote speaker was Dr. Neal Baer, executive producer of Law & Order: SVU.