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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)

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. 

The Sentinel Awards recognize outstanding achievements in television storylines that inform, educate and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Last year, 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. 

Press release announcing call for entries

Entries from scripted broadcast, cable and streaming network shows are all eligible. The awards are presented by Hollywood, Health & Society, a resource for writers, producers and others in search of accurate information on health, safety and security topics, including mental health, aging and caregiving, breast cancer, opioid addiction, maternal health, reproductive rights, nuclear risk, environmental sustainability and artificial intelligence.

Funding for HH&S comes from the CDC, The SCAN Foundation, the California Health Care Foundation, the Future of Life Institute, N Square, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. The program serves as a free resource that supports the entertainment industry through expert consultations and briefings, panel discussions, screenings, quarterly newsletters, tip sheets, social media and more. 

To learn more about the awards, visit the HH&S awards web page.

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