How Celebrities’ ‘Golden Glow’ Shines on Public Health

Though they are not doctors, many celebrities have had both positive and negative ties to public health in recent years. Kami Kosenko, an associate professor of health communication at NC State University, says actress Angelina Jolie’s 2013 announcement of a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer had a positive influence on public health, despite possibly influencing an uptick in unnecessary genetic testing.