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Welcome AHCJ’s newest members

Len Bruzzese

About Len Bruzzese

Len Bruzzese is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and serves on the executive committee of the Council of National Journalism Organizations.

Please welcome these new professional and student members to AHCJ. All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves.

  • Deborah Adedoja, student, Austin College, Philadelphia
  • Marie Benz, editor, MedicalResearch.com, Narbeth, Pa.  (@mariebenz_md)
  • Mary Forman, student, Boston University, Niskayuna, N.Y.
  • Gary Heiting, senior editor, AllAboutVision.com, Stillwater, Minn.
  • Vladimire Herard, independent journalist, Chicago
  • Fran Hopkins, senior editor, Clinician Reviews, Parsippany, N.J.  (@FMFHopkins)
  • Linda Johnson, CAR coordinator, Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, Ky.  (@lpalmateer33)
  • Rachel Monahan, reporter, The Lund Report, Portland, Ore. (@rachelmonahan)
  • Kim Mulford, health reporter, Courier-Post, Cherry Hill, N.J. (@CP_KimMulford)
  • Natasha Persaud, editor, Remedy Health Media, New York
  • Susan Schackman, producer, CBS News, New York
  • Richard Scott, health journalist, Philadelphia
  • Shara Yurkiewicz, staff reporter/medical journalism fellow, MedPage Today, New York,   (@sharayurkiewicz)

If you haven’t joined yet, see what member benefits you’re missing out on: Access to more than 50 journals and databases, tip sheets and articles from your colleagues on how they’ve reported stories, conferences, workshops, online training, reporting guides and more. Join AHCJ today to get a wealth of support and tools to help you.

Welcome AHCJ’s newest members

Len Bruzzese

About Len Bruzzese

Len Bruzzese is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and serves on the executive committee of the Council of National Journalism Organizations.

Please welcome these new professional members to AHCJ. All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves.

  • Jason Anthony, editor, Proto Magazine, New York (@JWAnthony47)
  • Bob Ray, producer, WMAQ -Chicago, Glendale Heights, Ill.
  • Frederick Reese, staff writer, MintPress News, Minneapolis (@FrederickReese)
  • Prue Salasky, senior health reporter, Daily Press, Newport, Va. (@dphealthnotes)
  • Leigh Ann Winick, medical producer, CBS News, New York

If you haven’t joined yet, see what member benefits you’re missing out on: Access to more than 50 journals and databases, tip sheets and articles from your colleagues on how they’ve reported stories, conferences, workshops, online training, reporting guides and more. Join AHCJ today to get a wealth of support and tools to help you.

AHCJ invites members to run for board

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.

Each year, members in AHCJ’s professional category elect members for the association board of directors. Six of the 12 director positions come up for election each year for two-year terms. Incumbent board members are allowed to run for re-election.

Service on the board is a serious commitment. It has commensurate rewards (but no pay). In addition to participating in two in-person board meetings each year and occasional conference calls, board members are responsible for making decisions about association policies and statements, as well as working with the executive director on training projects, financial matters and other efforts to achieve AHCJ’s strategic goals.

Board members take on committee duties and contribute to association activities, including fundraising, advocacy, helping plan sessions at training events, membership outreach and writing/editing contributions. They may be asked to play a role in other association projects that arise.

Read more about serving on AHCJ’s board and how to declare your candidacy. If running for the board isn’t for you, here are some other ways to get involved with the association.

Welcome to AHCJ’s newest members

Len Bruzzese

About Len Bruzzese

Len Bruzzese is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and serves on the executive committee of the Council of National Journalism Organizations.

Please welcome these new professional and student members to AHCJ. All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves.

  • Pamela Dolan, independent journalist, Oak Lawn, Ill. (@plewisdolan)
  • Catherine Wong, independent journalist, Boston (@aboutcathy)
  • Laura Pedulli, writer/news editor, TriMed Media Group, Fairhaven, Mass.
  • Paige Phelps, intern/reporter, KRTS-Marfa Public Radio, Marfa, Texas
  • KV Venkatasubramanian, independent journalist Delhi, India
  • Patrice Wendling, senior reporter, Frontline Medical News, Grayslake, Ill. (@pwendl)

If you haven’t joined yet, see what member benefits you’re missing out on: Access to more than 50 journals and databases, tip sheets and articles from your colleagues on how they’ve reported stories, conferences, workshops, online training, reporting guides and more. Join AHCJ today to get a wealth of support and tools to help you.

New AHCJ chapter features discussion of costs, financial transparency

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.

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Dylan H. Roby, Ph.D., spoke at the first event held by the Southern California chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists on April 24 at the Los Angeles Times. He discussed health care price and financial transparency, and whether it can control spending.

Roby, an assistant professor of health policy and management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program within the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, focused on several issues during his presentation:

  • Prices paid by patients and consumers versus provider charges
  • Facility charges vs. professional fees
  • Negotiations and price setting by government payers
  • Different payment models (capitation vs. fee-for-service with discounting).

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Atlanta chapter learns the latest about e-cigarettes

Andy Miller

About Andy Miller

Andy Miller (@gahealthnews) is the editor and publisher of the nonprofit Georgia Health News. The former health care reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is a member of AHCJ's board of directors and leads the association's Atlanta chapter.

A $2 billion market, sultry Jenny McCarthy ads, lounges dedicated to “vaping.”

Members of the Atlanta AHCJ chapter heard about these and other e-cigarette trends on May 21 from Michael Eriksen, Sc.D., dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, and Sonya Collins, an Atlanta freelancer who won a 2013 Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism for her article on e-cigarettes.

 Their riveting talk touched on the rapid growth and youthful appeal of e-cigarettes.

Collins spoke about her experience in interviewing users at a vaping lounge. Many have started on e-cigarettes to quit their tobacco habit, she said.

Eriksen, who is leading research at Georgia State on the e-cigarette phenomenon, discussed the lack of regulation on these nicotine-laden products. E-cigarettes are less damaging to health than regular cigarettes, but the long-term effects are unknown, he said.

Big Tobacco has entered the market, Eriksen noted, and the billion-dollar industry is expected to grow exponentially. He foresees eventual regulatory oversight of e-cigarettes.

Studying the trend has been a fascinating experience, said Eriksen, who is a former director of the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC.

Awards, new books and more for AHCJ members

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.

The latest AHCJ members in the news are Julie Rovner, Cynthia Saver, Gary Schwitzer, Mary Shedden, Ed Silverman, Fran Smith, Mike Stobbe and Tom Wilemon. See the latest about them: Continue reading

New jobs, awards, books and speaking engagements for AHCJ members

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.

The latest AHCJ members in the news are Ricki Lewis, Trudy Lieberman, Kevin B. O’Reilly, David Pittman, Cheryl Platzman Weinstock and Kathleen Raven. See what’s happening with them: Continue reading

AHCJ members release books, films, win awards

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.

The latest AHCJ members in the news are Nancy Gahles, Gideon Gil, Debra Gordon, Kristin Gourlay, Steve Jacob, Bruce Japsen, Shuka Kalantari, Chris King and Lisa M. Krieger. See what’s happening with them:

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D.C. chapter members mingle at rooftop happy hour

Phil Galewitz

About Phil Galewitz

Phil Galewitz, a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, is a member of AHCJ's board of directors and helps lead the organization's Washington, D.C., chapter.

Photo: Phil GalewitzRachana Dixit of Inside Health Policy, Carol Eisenberg of Kaiser Health News, Rebecca Adams of CQ and Christine Stencel of Patient‑Centered Outcomes Research Institute (l-r) attended the happy hour event

Photo: Phil Galewitz  Kyla Campbell of Cox Media, Suzanne Ffolkes of Research America, Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News and Michael Posey of the American Pharmacists Association (l-r) posed with the Washington Monument.

Photo: Phil GalewitzRachana Dixit of Inside Health Policy, Carol Eisenberg of Kaiser Health News, Rebecca Adams of CQ and Christine Stencel of Patient‑Centered Outcomes Research Institute (l-r) attended the happy hour event

Photo: Phil GalewitzRachana Dixit of Inside Health Policy, Carol Eisenberg of Kaiser Health News, Rebecca Adams of CQ and Christine Stencel of Patient‑Centered Outcomes Research Institute (l-r) attended the happy hour event.

At an AHCJ D.C. chapter meeting on May 14, about 35 journalists gathered on a rooftop on Pennsylvania Avenue with a view of the White House. The journalists had an informal happy hour event with about 25 communications officials from patient advocacy and industry groups ranging from The National Pharmaceutical Council, American Nurses Association, American Medical Association, PhRma and The Obesity Society.

The meeting helped people get to know the people and organizations they cover and, possibly to spark some new relationships and story ideas. Attendees noshed on salsa, chips, cheese and wine and craft beer.

Among the news organizations represented at the event were Kaiser Health News, Politico, the Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press and The Dallas Morning News.