Hollywood, Health & Society, the CDC and the Writers Guild of America, East presented a panel on the topics of health and justice for women on Friday, April 17 at the WGAE in New York.
“The Double XX Files: Health and Justice for Women in Film and TV” featured health experts and entertainment industry professionals in a discussion about breast cancer (especially among African-American women), sexual assault and reproductive health.
Panelists included Beau Willimon, showrunner and writer for the Netflix series “House of Cards”; Peter Hedges, director and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter (“Pieces of April,” “About a Boy,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”); Jean Passanante, co-head writer for the CBS daytime drama “The Young and the Restless”; Temeika Fairley, Ph.D., a senior health scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Debra Houry, director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC; Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, medical director for Planned Parenthood of Maryland; Desirée Walker, a breast cancer survivor and patient advocate; and Marybeth Seitz-Brown, an activist against campus sexual assault and co-founder of the Fund for a Safer Columbia.
The discussion was moderated by Lizz Winstead, founder of Lady Parts Justice and co-creator of “The Daily Show.”
The afternoon event also included opening remarks by Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGAE; Valerie Borden, communications strategist for the Division of Strategic Communications, Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Kate Folb, director of Hollywood, Health & Society; and Marty Kaplan, director of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center.