On Wednesday, Sept. 27, 11 television shows were honored by the Hollywood, Health & Society program for their accurate portrayal of storylines focusing on health, safety and national security.
The 2017 Sentinel Awards recognized storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives.
The entries — submitted from broadcast networks, cable channels and streaming services — were reviewed for accuracy by a panel of experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other partner organizations of Hollywood, Health & Society, a program that provides health expertise to entertainment industry professionals.
“We’re delighted to shine a spotlight on writers and producers who entertain viewers and at the same time provide them with accurate information,” Martin Kaplan, director of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center and Hollywood, Health & Society’s principal investigator, said in a press release. “We hope the shows and storylines we honor will spur other writers to recognize and use responsibly the power they wield.”
The honorees include:
Grey’s Anatomy—Maggie’s Mom storyline (ABC)
Topic: Inflammatory breast cancer
This Is Us—Jack Pearson’s Son (NBC)
Topic: Mental health
You’re the Worst—Twenty-Two (FXX)
Topic: Mental Health
Sesame Street—Meet Julia (HBO)
Audrie & Daisy (Netflix)
Topic: Sexual assault
Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric (National Geographic)
Topic: Gender identity
Open Your Eyes (HBO)
Topic: Eye health
Topic: End-of-life care
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver—Episode 86 (HBO)
Topic: Opioid abuse
Born This Way—Dream Come True (A&E)
Topic: Down syndrome