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The Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA has established an innovative center to increase awareness of important health issues and improve the well-being of people throughout the world by harnessing the storytelling power of television, film, music and new media.
By collaborating with the entertainment industry and news media, the Global Media Center for Social Impact helps content creators and reporters craft compelling stories that accurately address a full range of public health issues — from the social determinants of health to climate change and early childhood health — with the goal of impacting global health.
"Currently, there is a huge gap between what we know and what we do," said Dr. Jody Heymann, dean of the Fielding School. "Therefore, we have a tremendous opportunity to transform lives, if research about what works in public health is widely known and applied across the country and around the world."
Housed on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, the center is ideally poised to engage the entertainment industry in creating compelling storylines by linking filmmakers, writers and other industry types with the experts and extensive resources of the Fielding School. The center also collaborates with media organizations and producers around the globe to promote exceptional storytelling, effective reporting and interactive new media content that can help move research on population health from evidence to impact.
Carla Denly, Assistant Dean for Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org