Hollywood, Health & Society director Vicki Beck gave a presentation and spoke on a panel at the 2006 Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Midyear Scientific Conference. The overall theme of the conference was Betting on Health Education: Increasing the Odds for Collaboration. It drew several hundred academics, researchers, and practitioners from across the country and in particular from the western United States. SOPHE promotes healthy behavior, communities and environments.
Does your zip code or skin color make a difference in the cause of death on your death certificate? What other factors might play a role in your risk of death—by a gun, a virus or a cancer? Why certain groups in the United States are at much higher risk of death from suicide, homicide, cancer and AIDS, even when they know about their increased vulnerability.
Hollywood, Health and Society director Vicki Beck gave a presentation and joined a panel discussion titled Marketing Communication Strategies: Promoting Healthful Products and Physical Activitiy Opportunitites at the Institute of Medicine Symposium. Among the panel members were Jennifer Kotler of the Sesame Workshop, Mindy Stockfield of the Cartoon Network and Jorge Daboub of Univision Television Group.
Hollywood, Health & Society director Vicki Beck joined a panel discussion entitled How Entertainment Is Being Used to Deal with Social and Health Issues Around the World at PCI's 2005 Entertainment Summit. The Summit seeks to increase resources for programs designed to improve women’s health and status, HIV/AIDS awareness, and other health and social issues by harnessing the power of entertainment.
In 2005, the Sentinel for Health Awards program added the Spanish-language telenovela category. The CBS drama Without a Trace won first place in prime time drama for an autism storyline, "Volcano" and the ABC soap opera All My Children received first place for its "Autism Spectrum Disorder Storyline." The WB drama 7th Heaven took first place for primetime minor storyline with "Leaps of Faith," a storyline about sickle cell anemia. ABC's The George Lopez Show received first place in primetime comedy for a storyline on teen sex, "Prescription for Trouble." The Telemundo show Anita, no te rajes took first place in the new Spanish-language telenovela category for "Graciela Refuses to Have Cancer," a storyline about breast cancer.
As scientists learn more about the human genome, important and challenging questions continue to arise. If you carry a gene mutation linked to cancer, can you do anything to prevent or delay the onset of the disease? Could genetic information be used against you by insurers or employers? What are the latest options for couples who have a family history of a genetic disorder like Tay-Sachs and worry that they may pass it on to their children? Is new genetic knowledge also leading to new treatments? Difficult ethical issues are also surfacing. Why do babies in some states receive screening for certain genetic disorders while infants in other states don’t? Will genetic testing and treatment be available only to those who can afford it? Will human cloning and selective reproduction become commonplace?
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently held a symposium on Hollywood, Health & Society and its work in Hollywood on behalf of NCI. Held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, the symposium included presentations by HH&S staff on outreach and evaluation activities as well as panel discussions with colleagues from NCI, other NIH institutes and the Telemundo network. Representatives from NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality attended, and others tuned in via webcast.