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The Sentinel Awards recognize outstanding storylines about health, safety, and security on broadcast TV cable, original streaming network shows, and TV movies. Since 1999, the Sentinel Awards have been sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and presented by Hollywood, Health & Society since 1999.

Programs recognized for 2017 showcased a range of topics, including maternal health, opioid abuse, autism, sexual assault, and mental health.

Among this year’s honorees and their topics were Grey's Anatomy – Maggie’s Mom storyline (ABC), inflammatory breast cancer; This Is Us – Jack Pearson's Son (NBC), mental health; Black-ish – Sprinkles (ABC), preeclampsia; You're the Worst — Twenty-Two (FXX), PTSD; and Sesame Street — Meet Julia (HBO), autism.