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The right to know: It’s a concept that underpins all journalism, and nowhere is it more important than in health care and medicine. Patients have a right to know what will keep them healthy and what will make them sick. Citizens have a right to know how effectively their government protects and serves those who depend on it. For health care journalists that means heavy responsibilities – and sometimes daunting challenges. Through its Right to Know Committee, AHCJ advocates for openness and provides resources for members striving to shed light on complex topics.

New tip sheet

Getting past gate­keepers

Scoring an interview with a scientist who works for a government agency can be frustrating and full of dead ends. It shouldn't be.  See it now...

New resource

Arizona dental board action data

Investigation reveals disciplinary and non-disciplinary actions from 2010 through 2014. See it now...

Latest advocacy

More data on residency programs

AHCJ calls upon ACGME for more transparency on the quality of graduate medical education programs. See it now...

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Investigation reveals dental board’s lack of transparency
How transparent is your state dental board when it comes to helping patients find out more about their dentists? In Arizona, the state board of dental examiners has taken actions against hundreds of dentists in recent years. But it can be difficult for a patient in the state to find out if his or...

How AHCJ engages in sustained push for transparency year round
In early February, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services advertised a telephone question-and-answer session intended for “non-press associated individuals.” Essentially anyone could listen in – except the members of the media. Crazy, right? But when a member of the Association of...

Health Journalism 2015 agenda covers gamut of health care
We have posted descriptions of nearly all of the panels planned for Health Journalism 2015 and it’s an agenda packed with timely and useful sessions for anyone covering health. Field trips on Thursday will feature trips to Stanford University, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford...

For AHCJ members: Access data about medical education, training
In its ongoing effort to shed light on physician residency programs, AHCJ is announcing a new benefit for members: Access to national rankings calculated based on 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified physicians, with geographic weighting. Last summer, AHCJ called for more transparency...

Report reveals the challenges behind covering patient safety
Patient safety is a critically important topic for health care journalists. Yet collecting the data needed to report on it thoroughly can be frustratingly difficult. For a new report, former journalist Michael L. Millenson (@MLMillenson), explains the challenges he and his colleagues encountered...

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