The 16th Annual Sentinel Awards, which recognizes television programs that inform, educate, and motivate viewers to make positive health choices, were held on September 24th at Taglyan Complex. Presented in partnership with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and by Hollywood, Health, & Society (HH&S), the awards dinner and ceremony featured celebrities like Justin Baldoni (Jane The Virgin), René Alvarado (East Los High), and Gabriel Chavarria (East Los High), as well as speeches from Dr. Zoanne Clack (Executive Producer, Grey’s Anatomy) and Howard Rodman (President of the Writers Guild of America, West). According to the HH&S, this year’s awards drew submissions from nearly 90 programs, the largest number the Sentinel Awards has ever received.
The evening’s winners included: Madam Secretary, the CBS series whose Secretary of State protagonist (played by Téa Leoni) suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder; East Los High, which addresses domestic violence issues; Jane the Virgin, a show which touches on pregnancy issues like fetal abnormalities; Vice, which delves into the impact of rising sea levels on populations centers; and Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins, which helps teach kids to remain calm when they have a minor cut or scrape.
The 2015 Sentinel Awards Complete List of Winners:
Comedy — Jane the Virgin (“Chapter Thirteen”)
Drama — Madam Secretary (“Face the Nation”)
Climate Change — Vice (“Our Rising Oceans”)
Children’s Programming — Doc McStuffins (“Oooey Gablooey Springs a Leak”)
Serila Drama — East Los High (“Beauty Queens Don’t Wear Trash”)
Documentary — Sleepless in America (National Geographic Channel)
Spanish Language — Vive la Salud con la Dra. Azaret (CNN en Español)