HH&S presented an invitation-only screening of "Extreme Realities," a new installment of the acclaimed series Journey to Planet Earth, at the Linwood Dunn Theater on April 30. The documentary, narrated by Matt Damon, explores how severe weather brought on by climate change can cause food shortages and other threats to global and national security.
Lost in all the white-hot noise over the recent rocky roll-out for Obamacare enrollment was an overlooked but important fact: the Affordable Care Act had fundamentally changed how health insurance companies could operate.
With the sun shining and deer quietly nestled on patches of lawn at the wooded, tranquil NASA-JPL complex in the foothills near Pasadena, it’s easy to forget that some of the world’s most advanced research is being conducted—right here in our own back yard—on how to counteract the dark threat brought on by global warming.
A NASA-JPL climate scientist made the global come into sharp local focus when he was asked during a recent panel about the vanishing ice in northern Greenland, the dramatic backdrop for the film Inuk and its story of traditional ways being threatened by global warming.
The Lifetime movie Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (co-starring Jennifer Hudson, pictured) took first-place honors in the Primetime Drama (Major Storyline) category for its portrayals of people dealing with mental illness. The film was among the winners of the 14th annual Sentinel for Health Awards that were announced in a ceremony Sept. 19 in Hollywood. Sentinel Awards recognize exemplary achievements in TV storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives.
Hollywood, Health & Society Director Sandra de Castro Buffington and HH&S program administrator Chris Dzialo recently traveled to India for the public launch of its global center called The Third Eye, bringing in local writers for a series of panels, classes and storytelling workshops, and taking them on a research trip to explore the kinds of health-related challenges facing young girls and women in a remote village.
Hollywood, Health & Society presented a panel titled "Stayin' Alive: The Truth About Obamacare" on June 27 at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Guest speakers for the panel were Peter Lee (pictured), executive director of Covered California, the state's health benefit exchange; Dr. Victoria Sorlie-Aguilar of the Centers for Family Health; Dr. Zoanne Clack, executive producer for Grey's Anatomy; and Dr. Neal Baer, executive producer for Under the Dome. HH&S Director Sandra de Castro Buffington served as the evening's moderator.