Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 12:00am

Hollywood, Health & Society Director Sandra de Castro Buffington presented “Recovery and the Media: Addiction and Treatment in Entertainment and News—The Road to Recovery” at the US Department of Health and Human Services and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in Rockville, Maryland, on July 7, 2010.

millenium project
Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 12:00am

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.

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 12:00am

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.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 12:00am

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.

dr. joe sachs, executive producer of "er"
Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 12:00am

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.

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 12:00am to Friday, February 19, 2010 - 12:00am

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.

bryan cranston in "breaking bad"
Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 12:00am

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.