2015 Sentinel Awards Gala Ceremony

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The winners of the 16th annual Sentinel Awards were announced in a ceremony in Hollywood that recognized exemplary achievements in television storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

The awards are presented in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center. They were held at the Taglyan Complex on Sept. 24. Read the press release. Watch the full ceremony:

The CBS hit series Madam Secretary received first place in the Drama category for its story about U.S. Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, played by Téa Leoni, suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after barely surviving a bloody attack in Iran. Co-executive producer and writer Matt Ward accepted the award for the moving storyline.

“Any award that has the words Norman Lear and your name on it is pretty exciting,” Ward said. “We tried really hard to get it right, and I’m honored that [HH&S] felt that we did, especially because so many people in uniform have come home with PTSD.”

The 2015 Sentinel Awards winners:

  • Jane the VirginChapter Thirteen (The CW)
    Topic: Fetal abnormalities
  • Madam SecretaryFace the Nation (CBS)
    Topic: PTSD
  • ViceOur Rising Oceans (HBO)
    Topic: Climate change
  • Doc McStuffinsOooey Gablooey Springs a Leak (Disney Junior)
    Topic: Wounds
  • East Los HighBeauty Queens Don’t Wear Trash (Hulu)
    Topic: Domestic violence
  • Sleepless in America (National Geographic Channel)
    Topic: Sleep-loss epidemic
  • Vive La Salud con la Dra. Azaret (CNN En Espanol)
    Topic: Autism