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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 AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

AHCJ, 60 other journalism groups to ask Trump administration for meeting on government access

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The Association of Health Care Journalists and 60 other journalism organizations have requested a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence to discuss access to government.

The coalition sent a letter today to Trump and Pence, asking for a meeting or conference call.

“Journalists need to stick together in fighting for government transparency, and this letter – signed by so many journalism groups – is a heartening example of that unity,” said Felice J. Freyer, chair of AHCJ’s Right to Know Committee.

Read the specific concerns in the letter.

2016 in review: What were you reading on Covering Health?

disco-ballAs we get ready to gear up for what is sure to be a year full of health-related news, it’s a good time to look back at what was in the headlines in the past year.

Here is a review of the most-read posts on Covering Health that were published in 2016: Continue reading

AHCJ joins partnership producing 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists

wcsj-2017-logo-transThe Association of Health Care Journalists has agreed to collaborate on the curriculum for the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists slated for fall 2017 in San Francisco.

AHCJ will partner with the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing on programming for the global event, being held in the United States for the first time. All three organizations are affiliated with the World Federation of Science Journalists, which connects science, health, environment and technology writers around the world.

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Ruling takes one step closer in releasing SNAP data

The public’s right to information was bolstered by a federal judge’s decision that the U.S. Department of Agriculture should release data about how much taxpayers pay to retailers through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The decision was in response to a lawsuit filed by Argus Leader Media in South Dakota, which had filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the “annual sales amounts of every business in the nation that participates in SNAP. USDA refused to release the data, and the paper filed suit in 2011.” Continue reading

Five journalists named to fellowship program

The Association of Health Care Journalists has awarded AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance to five journalists who intend to pursue significant projects in 2017. The program, in its seventh year, is meant to help journalists understand and report on the performance of local health care markets and the U.S. health system as a whole.

The fellowship program, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, is intended to give experienced print, broadcast and online reporters an opportunity to concentrate on the performance of health care systems – or significant parts of those systems – locally, regionally or nationally. The fellows are able to examine policies, practices and outcomes, as well as the roles of various stakeholders.

Read on to find out who the 2017 fellows will be.