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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, coordinates social media efforts of AHCJ and assists with the editing and production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Deadline coming up to apply for fellowship to learn about medical evidence

CER400For the AHCJ Fellowship on Comparative Effectiveness Research, a select group of fellows will be chosen to spend a week in Washington, D.C., focused on understanding and reporting on medical research.

Joe Carlson, one of last year’s fellows, said the fellowship was, “Educational and practical – you don’t always get that. This was well worth my time.”

Applications are due no later than Monday, Aug. 1. Sessions will help fellows: Continue reading

New tip sheet outlines criteria for reporting on hospital rankings

star-ratingReporting on hospital ratings — the “best of,” “top ten” and other rankings designed to help consumers with decision making are not necessarily all they’re cracked up to be. So much more goes in to these rankings than just the letter or number grade. Savvy reporters should pause and consider many angles before jumping in to proclaim that their local hospital is “best,” “worst” or somewhere in between.

Ratings certainly help with improving transparency and the patient’s right to know. However, it’s important that journalist know how to read between the lines and question the methodology and potential biases.

Liz Seegert has put together a new tip sheet on the topic based on ideas presented at an event last month sponsored by AHCJ’s New York chapter. A panel moderated by ProPublica senior reporter Charles Ornstein featured Robert Panzer, M.D., chief quality officer at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a steering committee member for the Healthcare Association of New York State; Leah Binder, chief executive of the Leapfrog Group; and Marshall Allen, a reporter for ProPublica.

AHCJ names 2016-17 Regional Health Journalism Fellows

AHCJ-Great-Lakes_logo_16-17-hi-rezThe Association of Health Care Journalists has named the 2016-17 class of the Regional Health Journalism Fellowship, an annual program for reporters and editors across the United States.

The program, which changes regions each year, will focus this year on journalists from the Great Lakes region, namely Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. The program begins in the next month. Past classes of fellows have come from the northern Midwest and Plains, the Southeast, the West Coast and the South Central United States.

Find out who the fellows are and more about the program.

Popular regional health fellowship program wins support from W.K. Kellogg Foundation

AHCJ-Great-Lakes_logo_16-17-hi-rezThe W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a three-year $432,000 grant to the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, the educational arm of the Association of Health Care Journalists, to support a national fellowship program for local health reporters, editors and producers.

The funding will allow the continuation – and expansion – of the AHCJ Regional Health Journalism Fellowships, an intense program that has trained scores of journalists from across the country.

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