In May 2000, the CDC convened a panel of experts to develop a Research Agenda for Entertainment Education.
Sociologist and communication scholar Everett Rogers discussed his findings on the use of entertainment media to prevent AIDS and increase family planning in Africa. This event was sponsored by the USC Center for Health and Medical Communication and Population Communication International. Through his research, Rogers has signficantly raised standards for producing appealing and effective media to enhance the quality of people's lives. He was an associate dean and Walter Annenberg Professor of Communication at the USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism.