General Hospital Takes Top Honors in the Sentinel for Health Awards

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GH walks away with 1st and 2nd place. B&B nabs 3rd.


Jason Thompson (Patrick, General Hospital)The Sentinel for Health Awards recognize exemplary achievements of television storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives.  This year, ABC's General Hospital won both first and second place for their storylines on HIV and lung cancer. 

“Television writers and producers are in a unique position both to entertain and to inform viewers,” said Martin Kaplan, the Norman Lear Chair at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and director of the Lear Center. “The Sentinel for Health Awards are a chance to shine a spotlight on master storytellers who use their power not only to make hits, but also to educate audiences about crucial issues.”

The Sentinel for Health Awards were established in 2000 to recognize daytime dramas that addressed health topics in their storylines. In 2004, primetime drama and comedy categories were added for the first time (primetime drama, primetime minor storyline and primetime comedy), and in 2005 a Spanish-language telenovela category was added.

First-round judging was conducted by more than 100 topic experts who evaluated accuracy of health depictions. Twenty expert panels participated in this activity at the CDC, NCI and partner organizations. The 16 finalists were then evaluated at USC by an expert panel representing entertainment, academic and public health organizations. Second-round judges scored finalists on entertainment value and potential benefit to the viewing audience.

Funded by the CDC and NCI, Hollywood, Health & Society provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for health storylines, including free consultations and briefings with CDC and NCI experts. The program is based at the USC Annenberg School’s Norman Lear Center as a one-stop shop for writers, producers and others in search of credible information on a wide range of public health topics. For more information about resources for writers, go to the Hollywood, Health & Society Web site at

Soapdom congratulates the Daytime Drama winners this year:

1st Place: "Patrick’s HIV Scare," General Hospital (ABC)
Topic: HIV

2nd place: "Alexis’ Lung Cancer," General Hospital (ABC)
Topic: Lung cancer

3rd place: "Taylor’s Alcohol Addiction," The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Topic: Alcohol addiction