Gallery of guests at the 2021 Sentinel Awards

Guests at the 2021 Sentinel Awards included: 1. Rita Moreno 2. Norman Lear with hosts Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce 3. Dyllon Burnside (Pose) 4. Steven Canals (Pose) 5. Tom Warburton (Muppet Babies) 6. Joel Kinnaman (For All Mankind) 7. Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy8. Peter Horton (New Amsterdam) 9. Ryan Eggold (New Amsterdam) 10. Wendy Straker Houser (The Bold Type) 11. Liz Friedman (The Good Doctor) 12. Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) 13. Kay Oyegun (This Is Us) 14. Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)  Watch recorded livestream

NBC’s medical drama New Amsterdam received the “Imagining a Culture of Health Award” as part of the 2021 Sentinel Awards for the show’s entire body of work during its third season. In addition to New Amsterdam, 11 other shows were celebrated for outstanding storytelling that makes a difference in viewers' lives, including The Good Doctor, Euphoria, Pose, The Handmaid’s Tale, This Is Us and Grey’s Anatomy. Their episodes covered such topics as Covid-19, abortion, mental health, addiction and racism. 

Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, presented and livestreamed the awards in a virtual event on Oct. 20.

For more than 20 years, the Sentinel Awards have recognized exemplary achievements in TV storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives. For audiences here and around the world, television often provides both entertainment and factual information about a wide range of health topics and social issues. Today, fighting widespread misinformation with facts has never been more important, and HH&S helps TV storytellers find the facts they need to “get it right.”

As the entertainment landscape expands and programs continue to push boundaries, topics such as disease, injury, maternal health, disability, violence, discrimination and more are being explored through dynamic storytelling.

Funding for Hollywood, Health & Society comes from the CDC, The SCAN Foundation, the California Health Care Foundation, the John Pritzker Family Fund, N Square, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. The program, now celebrating more than 20 years of service to the TV entertainment industry, serves as a free resource by providing expert consultations and briefings, panel discussions, screenings, custom research trips, social media and more. 

2021 Sentinel Awards
A Virtual VIP Affair

The event, co-hosted by Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce, honored NBC’s New Amsterdam with an award for Season 3. 

2020 Sentinel Awards
We Heart TV

The event marked its 20th year, honoring shows that included Normal People, The Good Fight, Pose and I May Destroy You.

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'This Is Us' Recognized

Mandy Moore talks about her character's multi-episode Alzheimer's storyline, an honoree in the 2020 Sentinel Awards.

2020 Sentinel Awards
TV's Toughest Topics

The virtual event reminded everyone that stories that tackle topics such as abortion, racism and immigration make a difference.

Video Highlights
A Magical Evening

Watch some of the best moments from the 2019 red-carpet event, a sometimes moving and deeply personal ceremony.

When our show decided to take Rebecca and her family on this [Alzheimer’s] journey, we immediately called Hollywood, Health & Society, and their help made all the difference in getting these episodes right.

Mandy Moore

Co-star, "This Is Us" (NBC)


Red Carpet Memories

Check out our gala events from past years. Pictured: Justin Baldoni, co-star of 2015 comedy winner Jane the Virgin.