Hollywood, Health & Society Director Sandra de Castro Buffington has been asked to join the Millenium Project's Global Arts and Media Node and presented a talk at the State of the Arts 2010 Symposium, offered by Millenium Project's partner organization, c3: Center for Conscious Creativity. The symposium addressed future trends in the arts and media and the power they hold to effect change in culture and society.
Director of HH&S Sandra de Castro Buffington presented “Entertainment for Social Change: Working with Hollywood’s Storytellers to Improve Health and Well Being Worldwide” at the Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series. The event was held at the Soka Gakkai International (SGI-ISA) Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica. The distinguished speaker series seeks to engage people in a dialogue on the values, attitudes and behaviors that reject violence and inspire creative energy toward peaceful resolution of conflicts.
Sandra de Castro Buffington, director of Hollywood, Health & Society, moderated this discussion which brought top TV producers, writers and performers together with key Washington policymakers to focus on how global health is portrayed in entertainment media. Panelists included actress Mariska Hargitay and executive producer Neal Baer from Law & Order: SVU.
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.
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.