In May 2007, Population Media Center and the Emory School of Public Health hosted the Entertainment-Public Health Summit, in association with the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Writers Guild of America West, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation.
The Summit brought together entertainment industry leaders and public health professionals. The purpose of the event was to create an ongoing mechanism for the public health community to be able to regularly and efficiently input themes of reproductive health, as well as other health concerns, into entertainment programs.
The Summit was hosted by Sonny Fox, PMC’s West Coast Representative. Key presenters at the Summit included: Dr. Albert Bandura, Stanford Psychology Professor and originator of the Social Learning Theory; Vicki Beck, Director Health, Hollywood and Society, Norman Lear Center, USC; Dr. Zoanne Clack, Co-Producer and Writer for ABC’s hit series Grey’s Anatomy; Gary Knell, President and CEO of Sesame Workshop; Cindy Popp and Tracy Melchior from The Bold and the Beautiful TV series; Sonya Lockett, VP Public Affairs for the Black Entertainment Network; Diana Cristina Diaz, Corporate and Community Relations, Univision; Michelle Alban, Director, Primary Research, Telemundo; Arvind Singhal, Professor of Communication Studies and Presidential Research Scholar at Ohio University; Kriss Barker, Vice President for International Programs for Population Media Center; Patric Verrone, President, Writers Guild of America West; Dr. Susan Allen, Director of the Rwanda, Zambia HIV Research Group; and Dr. John Brooks, Director, HIV Clinical Epidemiology Team at the Centers for Disease Control.
The Entertainment-Public Health Summit was one of several steps Population Media Center is taking to build our connections with the Hollywood community.
The proceedings of the Summit are now available online on Population Media Center’s website at www.populationmedia.org. A link on the left side of the page will take you to a video of the opening session and a menu of other sessions to which you can link.
We would welcome your sharing this information with others, as well as links to PMC’s site by interested organizations.
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