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HH&S is moving to the first round of judging for entries submitted for the 2022 Sentinel Awards, which celebrate some of the best and most challenging TV entertainment of the past year.

With the deadline for entries now past, Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S) is moving on to screening more than 160 submissions from network, cable and streaming for eligibility, which will be followed by the first round of judging. 

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.”

In 2021, NBC’s medical drama New Amsterdam received the “Imagining a Culture of Health Award” 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 informs and educates viewers, and helps them to make safer and healthier choices in their lives. These included 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 2021 awards show in a virtual event on Oct. 20. Check out the gallery of guests and honorees

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. 

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

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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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TV's Toughest Topics

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

2019 Sentinel Awards
Special Guests, Special Night

Ava DuVernay's When They See Us was among the honorees, which also included Chernobyl, Grace and Frankie and The Resident

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.