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Journalists selected for AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowship Program Date: 01/13/09
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Association of Health Care Journalists has announced the selection of the first class of AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellows. The 11 journalists will spend a week studying a variety of public health issues at two Atlanta campuses of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The fellowship program, supported by the CDC Foundation, will include presentations, roundtable discussions and lab tours on epidemiology, global disease prevention efforts, obesity, vaccine safety, pandemic flu preparedness, autism and many other topics.
The 2008-09 AHCJ-CDC fellows are:
- JoNel Aleccia, MSNBC.com, Redmond, Wash.
- Marshall Allen, Las Vegas Sun
- Sarah Baldauf, U.S. News & World Report, Washington, D.C.
- Lorna Benson, Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, Minn.
- Meryl Davids, freelance writer, Boca Raton, Fla.
- Luis Fabregas, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
- Elizabeth Fernandez, San Francisco Chronicle
- Jordan Rau, Los Angeles Times, Sacramento, Calif.
- Laura Rojas, KOAA-Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo.
- Miriam E. Tucker, Elsevier, Rockville, Md.
- Jessica Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, Chicago
Fellows will tour the CDC director's National Emergency Operations Center, meet sources on policy and research and learn how to tap the agency's abundant resources to produce better stories. The training will take place next month at CDC's Atlanta and Chamblee campuses.
The CDC is charged with protecting public health and safety by preventing and controlling diseases and injuries; enhancing health decisions by providing credible information on critical health issues; and promoting healthy living through strong partnerships with local, national and international organizations.
The CDC Foundation is a public charity foundation aimed at improving the health and well-being of all people by enhancing the impact of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
AHCJ is a nonprofit membership organization of more than 1,100 journalists interested in health and health care. It conducts training and creates other educational materials through its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. AHCJ is housed at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Photos from the fellowship week
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The 11 AHCJ-CDC fellows spent a week at the CDC meeting expert sources and learning about public health issues.(Photo: Christy Stretz)
Marshall Allen, of the Las Vegas Sun, asks Catherine Rice if the prevalence of autism is increasing or just more easily diagnosed. (Photo: Christy Stretz)
Marshall Allen (right), a Las Vegas Sun reporter, speaks to Grant Baldwin, Ph.D., director of the CDC’s Injury Center, about interpreting child safety data for localizing stories. (Photo: Christy Stretz)
Lorna Benson of Minnesota Public Radio (right), asks Dowell how villages react to CDC members arriving in response to a health crisis. (Photo: Christy Stretz)