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The Black Birth Experience: Challenges, Joys and Justice

Our May 6 panel "The Black Birth Experience: Challenges, Joys and Justice" brought experts and TV writers together over the topic of why Black women are more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth than women in any other race group. 

This heightened risk of pregnancy-related death spans income and education levels (think Serena Williams or Beyonce), and the discussion explored the causes of these maternal health discrepancies, along with how TV depictions of the issue can help.

HH&S Newsletter (Winter 2021)

The edition highlights include "The Countdown," our storytelling event from the world of nuclear threats; how TV and telemedicine can make a difference in abortion care; being a protector can help save lives during COVID-19; and the pandemic's mental health impact

Mental Health Stigma

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans (and the second leading cause of death for those between 15 and 34). People struggle with the symptoms and disabilities, and are challenged by the stigma that results from misconceptions about mental illness.

COVID-19 Webinars

Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), in partnership with the Writers Guild of America, presented a timely series of online conversations on topics related to the pandemic, bringing together storytellers and experts. The popular series of evening webinars, held every Tuesday, covered topics in the age of COVID-19 such as addiction, Black maternal health, criminal justice, older adults and caregiving, mental health, reproductive rights, and lupus and hydroxychloroquine.

HH&S Newsletter (Summer 2019)

The latest newsletter showcases our work—with panel discussions on racism and childbirth, addiction and mental illness; a briefing with Mindy Kaling's creative team for a new Netflix show; interviews about reproductive rights and nuclear risk; "Better With Age" at the ATX Television Festival, and so much more!