Contaminants in the air and water are taking a toll on the health of Americans. But how bad is it really? On this panel, environmental health experts spoke about growing rates of asthma, cancer and other diseases that affect millions of Americans on a daily basis. Experts further exposed the burden environmental toxins place on the health care system, and the quality of life that we enjoy. People who have faced environmental exposures that have changed their lives shared their personal stories. Experts proposed measures that individuals, communities and private industry can take to prevent environmental disease. The moderator was Neal Baer, the executive producer of Law & Order: SVU.
At the Games for Health Annual Conference, Hollywood, Health & Society Director Vicki Beck discussed expanding and adapting the HH&S model to serve as a resource to the gaming Industry. The Serious Games Initiative founded Games for Health to develop a community and best-practices platform for the numerous games being built for health care applications. To date the project has brought together researchers, medical professionals and game developers to share information about the impact games and game technologies can have on health care and policy.
The 2006 Everett M. Rogers Award for Achievement in Entertainment Education was awarded to E-E pioneer Miguel Sabido on Sept. 27, 2006. Sabido has worked as a producer, scriptwriter, playwright and director in theater, radio and TV. He has produced telenovelas that have resulted in health and social change in Mexico where the programs were broadcast, particularly Ven Conmigo, which encouraged nearly a million adults to go back to school.
The CBS primetime drama Numb3rs received first place in the primetime drama category for "Harvest," a storyline about the critical issue of organ supply for transplantation; ABC's Grey's Anatomy took home second and third place honors in the same category for storylines about organ transplantation, and the decisions patients face with genetic testing for cancer risk. The CBS soap opera As the World Turns took first place in daytime drama for a storyline about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in a major character. The NBC drama ER took first place for primetime minor storyline with "BRCA Breast Cancer Risks," and ABC's George Lopez took first place in primetime comedy for a storyline about preventing kidney disease, "The Kidney Stays in the Picture." Telemundo took home its second Sentinel Award, in the Spanish-language telenovela category, for "Don Pedro's Diabetes." The storyline from Amarte As? illustrated a major character's struggle to manage his diet, weight and medication to control his diabetes.
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.