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Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates social media efforts of AHCJ and assists with the editing and production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Vietnam veterans fight for coverage of illnesses that might be Agent Orange-related

Photo: National Academy of SciencesC-123 planes were used to spray herbicides, including Agent Orange, during Operation Ranch Hand in Vietnam.

Photo: National Academy of SciencesC-123 planes were used to spray herbicides, including Agent Orange, during Operation Ranch Hand in Vietnam.

ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein and Terry Parris Jr., with The Virginian-Pilot’s Mike Hixenbaugh, have been covering the impact of Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans and their efforts to get health coverage for conditions they believe are linked to their exposure to the herbicides. “Reliving Agent Orange” finds that many are still fighting to get coverage for themselves and their children. Continue reading

Surgeon general responds to journalists on range of public health issues #AHCJ16

Following his prepared remarks at Health Journalism 2016, United States Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., (@Surgeon_General) answered some questions from journalists about opiods, alcohol, marijuana, mental health, gun violence, the relationship between science and public policy, and more.

Watch surgeon general’s speech at Health Journalism 2016 #AHCJ16

United States Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., (@Surgeon_General) spoke to attendees of Health Journalism 2016 and discussed how his administration will address the overuse of opioids in the United States.

A follow-up blog post will feature Murthy answering journalists’ questions after his prepared talk.

Health journalism loses valued editor, friend – Peggy Girshman

Photo courtesy of Phil GalewitzPeggy Girshman (right) was a treasured member of the Kaiser Health News team. In this photo from Health Journalism 2012, she appears with colleagues (left to right) Phil Galewitz, Mary Agnes Carey, John Fairhall and Julie Appleby.

Photo courtesy of Phil GalewitzPeggy Girshman (right) was a treasured member of the Kaiser Health News team. In this photo from Health Journalism 2012, she appears with colleagues (left to right) Phil Galewitz, Mary Agnes Carey, John Fairhall and Julie Appleby.

Peggy Girshman, a health journalist who was one of the earliest members of AHCJ, died Monday at home. She was 61.

Girshman, who worked at NPR in several editing positions for 15 years and was an executive editor at Kaiser Health News, died of amyloidosis, reports Joe Neel of NPR.

Late Monday afternoon, her heart simply stopped. Heroic efforts were made to revive her, but they failed.

“Peg went out like a true journalist, at her desk, writing,” said her husband, Mitch Berger, on Facebook. She was also playing Scrabble online with Berger’s brother Dan, her archnemesis. “Let the record show that she was winning,” Berger said. Continue reading