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AHCJ member news: Jobs, fellowships, awards and more

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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This edition of member news includes accomplishments from Jennifer Abbasi, Monya De, Katherine Eban, Karen Garloch, Barbara Gastel, Prerna Mona Khanna, M.D., M.P.H., David Levine, Marissa Miley, Ellen Rand, Gary Schwitzer and Lana Straub. Continue reading

AHCJ names 2016-17 Regional Health Journalism Fellows

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.

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

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.

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.

Read more.

For AHCJ members: Comparison tool for hospital Medicare charges

Jeff Porter

About Jeff Porter

Jeff Porter is the special projects director for AHCJ and plays a lead role in planning conferences, workshops and other training events. He also leads the organization's data collection and data instruction efforts.

downloading-and-uploading-data-iconAHCJ just updated its version of Medicare inpatient charge data covering hospitals across the United States.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its data, showing what hospitals charge Medicare for the same treatment or procedure. Government data files include bills submitted by 3,500 hospitals for the 100 most commonly performed inpatient treatments in federal fiscal years 2011 through 2014. This allows a basis for some local or regional comparisons and a starting point for stories on hospital costs and services. Continue reading

New AHCJ board to be seated July 1

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.

Sabriya Rice

Sabriya Rice

Sabriya Rice (@sabriyarice), a health reporter and producer, joined five incumbents in being seated on the Association of Health Care Journalists’ 2016-17 board of directors.

Incumbents starting a new term include Julie Appleby, M.P.H.; Scott Hensley; Tony Leys; Ivan Oransky, M.D., and Charlotte Sutton.

The six journalists were the only ones to declare their candidacy in time to run for the six open spots, precluding the need for an election. Independent journalist Irene Wielawski chose not to run for re-election. The new term of office will begin July 1.

Read more about AHCJ’s board of directors.