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Upcoming Events:

Title Start Date - End Date City, State
2014 Colorado Health Symposium
  07/23/14 - 07/25/14 Livestream from Denver, CO
 

This Colorado Health Foundation event will feature sessions on disparities in health, shared decision making, behaviorial change, health care costs, childhood obesity, the consumer e-health movement, young invincibles, technology and more.

Improving Health Equity
  07/28/14 Online,
 

The health care and policy communities have been discussing health equity for more than a decade, but race and ethnicity continue to negatively influence a patient’s chance of receiving many specific health care procedures and treatments—even when insurance status, income and education are equal.

Taking Stock of the Affordable Care Act: What are the Data Telling Us?
  07/29/14 Washington, DC
 

Join the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center for a discussion of new findings from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey on changes in health coverage, access, and use.

Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting
  07/31/14 ,
 

CASW established the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting in 2000. The prize, which is given annually, seeks to honor a writer for a body of work published or broadcast within the last five years which, for reasons of uncommon clarity, accuracy, breadth of coverage, enterprise, originality, insight and narrative power, has made a profound and lasting contribution to public awareness and understanding of critical advances in medical science and their impact on human health and well-being. Eligible writing includes work appearing in digital media.

ACA implementation and its impact on people with diabetes
  09/12/14 Washington, DC
 

Join the Endocrine Society for a timely discussion on the economic burden of diabetes and the anticipated impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on patient care. Leaders from the NIH, CDC, academia and industry will explore the benefits and challenges the ACA poses for people with diabetes.

NAHDO's 29th Annual Conference
  10/08/14 - 10/09/14 San Diego, CA
 

The National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) brings together state health care data officials and key stakeholders to share and explore the latest issues involving health care data.

ADA 2014: America's Dental Meeting
  10/09/14 - 10/14/14 San Antonio, TX
 

Former President George W. Bush will address attendees on Oct. 9 as part of the meeting’s distinguished speaker series. The conference will also feature seminars, continuing education courses, a trade show and a Give Kids a Smile gala.

60th Annual Employee Benefits Conference
  10/12/14 - 10/15/14 Boston, MA
 

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans offers more than 100 sessions that provide information on subjects of interest to benefit managers, consultants, lawyers and others involved in the management of employee benefits.

How Housing Matters Conference
  10/16/14 Washington, DC
 

This conference will explore how having stable, secure, and affordable housing affects child development and education, physical and mental health, and long-term economic success.

Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications for Human Health
  10/26/14 - 10/29/14 Boston, MA
 

Hear experts present new research on the ways that early-life exposures can shape adult health and vulnerability to disease.

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
  11/15/14 - 11/19/14 New Orleans, LA
 

APHA's meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.

Health Journalism 2015
  04/23/15 - 04/26/15 Santa Clara, CA
 

Make plans to join us in Silicon Valley!

 

Past Events:

Title Start Date - End Date City, State
Kids Count 2014
  07/22/14
 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation will release its 25th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book – featuring national and state profiles of children's well-being.

Network Adequacy: Balancing Cost, Access and Quality
  07/21/14 Online and C-SPAN3
 

Narrow networks or high-value networks are much in the news lately. The issue of network adequacy will be discussed during a briefing sponsored by the nonpartisan Alliancefor Health Reform.

The International Conference on Diabetes
  07/18/14 - 07/19/14 Washington, DC
 

This conference will focus on the latest research on food addictions, glycemic control, and the standard American diet that will help patients prevent and manage chronic disease. 

4th Annual Government Health Care Congress
  07/15/14 - 07/17/14 Tysons Corner, VA
 

The 4th Annual Government Health Care Congress, called "Preparing for the future of Medicaid, Medicare, and the Exchanges," will take place July 15-17 in Tysons Corner, Va.

MedCity CONVERGE
  07/15/14 - 07/16/14 Philadelphia, PA
 

This third annual health care innovation event gathers all sectors of the health care ecosystem - leaders from health systems, payers, medical device, pharma and digital health join with entrepreneurs, government leaders, investors and other key stakeholders.

Chronic Illness: Addressing Patients' Unmet Needs
  07/15/14 Online
 

The Senate Finance Committee will hold an online hearing on chronic illness with statements from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah).

 

 

Symposium on Sustainable U.S. Health Spending: The Quest for Value
  07/15/14 Washington, DC
 

Join the Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending for a symposium on sustainable health spending and national health expenditures. 

The psychology of poverty
  07/08/14 Online
 

How does poverty affect health decisions? Poverty affects every aspect of life and has particularly bad repercussions on human health. The stress of poverty has detrimental effects on the body — and especially the brain. To learn more about psychology of poverty and which interventions work best to thwart the cycle, join this live online event.

Closing Journalism’s Gender Gap: A Forum on Women and Leadership
  06/30/14 Washington, DC
 

The National Press Club Journalism Institute will partner with The Poynter Institute on a forum focused on the current conversation about newsroom culture as it pertains to women, which was invigorated by the firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. The program will include an examination of gender and newsroom culture and will encourage positive action to expand the influence of women leaders.

Accountable Care at a Tipping Point: Oliver Wyman ACO Research Findings
  06/27/14 Online
 

During this 30-minute webinar, Niyum Gandhi, a partner in the health and life sciences practice of consulting firm Oliver Wyman, will present research findings on accountable care organizations.

 

Rates of Change: Putting 2015 Insurance Premiums into Context
  06/27/14 C-SPAN 2
 

Health insurance premiums have been one of the most closely-watched features of the new health insurance marketplaces. Wherever these numbers ultimately land, they are likely to vary from state to state, with different effects on consumers, providers, insurers and the federal budget. This briefing will focus on factors influencing insurance premiums, state and federal regulatory roles in reviewing rates, and what to expect in 2015.

SOCAP Health: Creating the Market that Values Health
  06/25/14 - 06/26/14 New York, NY
 

The U.S. spends $2.7 trillion each year on health care – yet we are raising a generation of children who may live shorter and sicker lives than their parents. Recent changes in health care require a fresh, innovative look at how we leverage that capital and where promising investment opportunities lie to reduce health costs and improve lives.

 

 

Bundled payment webinar
  06/24/14 Online
 

The Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute Inc. and Bailit Health Purchasing LLC will host a free webinar to discuss a new report on bundled payments and explain the steps payers and providers take when implementing this form of payment.

VISIONS 2014
  06/19/14 - 06/22/14 Denver, CO
 

This is the national conference of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and it is for those who are affected by retinal diseases.

NYC Chapter: Mining ACA data for stories
  06/19/14 New York, NY
 

AHCJ chapter eventLooking for new angles on the Affordable Care Act? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will discuss the highlights of six databases on the law in an exclusive briefing for AHCJ members.

Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition hosts award-winning journalist and author Katy Butler
  06/19/14 Chicago, IL
 
Briefing: Where you live may decide the kind of care you get when you are older or have disabilities
  06/18/14
 

A new scorecard measures the effects of state policies on the ability to live independently, from choice of setting, care quality and affordability, to support for family caregivers, and more.

Promoting Oral Health Through the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents
  06/18/14 Online
 

The National Academy for State Health Policy is hosting a webinar in which speakers will offer federal and state perspectives on strategies for using Medicaid to improve services for children.

Chronic Pain: The problem, the science, and the way forward
  06/17/14 Boston, MA
 

The headlines are full of news and controversies about the misuse and abuse of opioids. But what about the people with chronic pain whom the drugs are meant to treat?

Join the New England Science Writers and the Boston chapter of Association of Health Care Journalists to hear a panel of experts address the scope and problem of chronic pain, the unexpected experiences of people with chronic pain, the gap between the care and the science, the neurobiology and pressing unknown scientific questions, and the development of new treatments.

The Fourth National Bundled Payment Summit and the Accountable Care Organization Summit
  06/16/14 - 06/20/14 Washington, DC
 

The Fourth National Bundled Payment Summit and the Accountable Care Organization Summit will be offered consecutively June 16 - 20 in Washington, D.C.

Follow the Money: Fraud and the Affordable Care Act
  06/15/14 - 06/18/14 Boston, MA
 

This workshop is designed to teach participants where to look for fraud in connection with the massive new government program, how to uncover it, and how to present the findings in a compelling and understandable way.

Pacific Northwest Dental Conference
  06/12/14 - 06/13/14 Bellevue, WA
 

Sponsored by the Washington State Dental Association, this conference offers two days of continuing dental education featuring dozens of speakers as well as a dental trade show including over 150 exhibits.

Teleconference: Premium Rate Review
  06/12/14
 

Families USA and Consumers Union (the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports) will brief the media on state rate review processes and the need for greater transparency before rates become final.

 

 

Inequality Begins at Birth: Child Poverty in America Conference
  06/10/14 Online and Washington, DC
 

America’s child poverty rate, currently above 22 percent — the highest in the developed world — is one of the nation’s gravest social problems. Keynote speaker Sen. Cory Booker and three panels of economists, policy experts, and child poverty activists will come together to discuss solutions for helping the nation’s most vulnerable.

Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2014
  06/06/14 Portland, OR
 

Rural Health Journalism Workshop

AHCJ’s seventh Rural Health Journalism Workshop will bring journalists together with health care and policy experts who focus on the medical challenges of rural areas. This special one-day, no-fee workshop will help you find and cover health stories in rural America.

Health Datapalooza
  06/01/14 - 06/03/14 Washington, DC
 

Health Datapalooza is a national conference focused on health data, bringing together companies, startups, academics, government agencies and individuals with the newest and most innovative and effective uses of health data to improve patient outcomes.

National Senior Health & Fitness Day
  05/28/14
 

More than 100,000 older adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. during  the 21st annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. The common goal for this day is to help keep older Americans healthy and fit.

More for the Money: Insurance Design Strategies That Drive Value
  05/27/14
 

The National Institute for Health Care Management will host this free webinar about how employers and health plan designers can encourage consumers to consider cost and quality when choosing health care providers.

Atlanta AHCJ Chapter: Discussion about e-cigarettes
  05/21/14 Atlanta, GA
 

The Atlanta chapter of AHCJ is having a gathering May 21 to hear Michael Eriksen, dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, speak about e-cigarettes. 

What Is Keeping Price Transparency From Becoming A Reality?
  05/20/14
 

Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) will host this half-day webinar on price transparency. This event is free to the media. Journalists can register for the event here.

May 20, online webinar, 11 a.m.-3:15 p.m. EDT.

Health Affairs: Provider Consolidation in Health Care
  05/19/14 Washington, DC
 

The clinical and economic virtues of provider consolidation have long been recognized by policy experts, but in recent years, research has shown that large provider organizations may use market power to obtain relatively high prices from payers without necessarily delivering superior quality. Health Affairs will release a package of "Web First" papers examining the issue from both sides.

 

 

Getting dental care to elders in nursing homes
  05/15/14
 

webcastStudies show that seniors in nursing homes often go without dental care. Experts will look at the need for oral health services in nursing homes and steps that are being taken to get this care to patients.

This will be an event exclusively for AHCJ members so you will need your username and password for the website. If you don’t have that information, please reset your password using the one-click login option or contact info@healthjournalism.org.

Health Inequalities Research Network Conference
  05/14/14 - 05/15/14 London
 

The conference is a part of the ESRC/NIH funded US-UK Comparison of Discrimination & Disparities in Health & Health Service Use study and will feature Dr. David Williams as the keynote speaker.

Washington, D.C., AHCJ Chapter: Rooftop Happy Hour
  05/14/14 Washington, DC
 

Chapter eventThe Association of Health Care Journalists’ Washington, D.C., chapter invites you to a rooftop happy hour with senior communications officials from patient, provider and research advocacy groups.

Chicago AHCJ Chapter: Overtesting and overtreatment in American medicine
  05/12/14 Chicago, IL
 

AHCJ Chapter event

From debates over preventive screenings to wasteful use of high-cost imaging or emergency care, the pressure is on to rein in unnecessary, redundant or ineffective care.

We'll examine one effort, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation's Choosing Wisely initiative. So far, more than 50 medical societies have offered up more than 200 tests, treatments and other interventions that "physicians and patients should question."

Family Caregiving: View from the front row
  04/29/14 Webcast
 

webcastWhat is it really like to be a family caregiver for someone with dementia or serious illness? What are some of the key issues that aren't being discussed? And how can journalists better bring untold caregiver stories to light? 

This will be an event exclusively for AHCJ members so you will need your username and password for the website. If you don’t have that information, please reset your password using the one-click login option or contact info@healthjournalism.org.

Federation of State Medical Boards 2014 Annual Meeting
  04/24/14 - 04/26/14 Denver, CO
 

The FSMB Annual Meeting is an educational forum offered to the medical regulatory community, which includes physicians and public representatives from state medical and osteopathic boards and members of their staffs, influential federal and state government representatives, and leaders of national medical organizations. The program brings together national experts in the field of medical licensure and discipline to discuss a wide range of subjects relevant to medical regulators

Southern California AHCJ chapter meeting
  04/24/14 Los Angeles, CA
 

AHCJ chapter eventThe new Southern California chapter of AHCJ will have meet for a discussion about health care price and financial transparency. 

Attendees will hear from Dylan H. Roby, Ph.D., director of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and Ron Shinkman, editor of Payers & Providers and and editor/columnist for Fierce Health Finance.

Information and refreshments will be served in generous portions!

NY Chapter: Panel Discussion on Genetically Modified Foods
  04/09/14 New York, NY
 

Chapter eventFoods containing ingredients with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been dubbed Frankenfoods. They generate scary headlines. Some consumer advocates urge a GMO ban, arguing that they're untested, unregulated, and linked to potential health problems. Others insist the answer is labelling GMO foods or ingredients so that consumers can choose — and this spurs intense lobbying efforts. And yet others assert that GMO foods can be a boon. Several countries have already barred specific GMO crops.

But what do we really know about GMOs? Why do they cause such a firestorm of controversy? Find out at this informative, thought-provoking discussion.

Finding fresh stories in newly released Medicare data
  04/09/14
 

AHCJ webcast logoAs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services prepares to release payment information for individual doctors, AHCJ will host a webcast to help reporters find the stories in the data.

The CMS data includes the number and type of services provided, and the amount paid for those services delivered in 2012. Journalists can use this data to help consumers to make more informed choices about the care they receive. AHCJ has long advocated for the release of this data.

This will be an event for AHCJ members, so you will need to have your website login information to participate.

2014 Health Insurance Exchange Summit
  03/27/14 Las Vegas, NV
 

Attendees will hear presentations about strategies health plans and states are using when implementing marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, and also about the governance structure, operations, and consumer orientation of exchanges.

Health Journalism 2014
  03/27/14 - 03/30/14 Denver, CO
 

Health Journalism 2014

The world’s most important gathering and training event in health care journalism will take place at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver. There will be dozens of workshops, panels and roundtable discussions featuring some of the best minds in medicine, health policy, research, public health and business.

Our spotlight speakers include Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., who served as HHS secretary from 1989 to 1993 and was the founding dean and first president of Morehouse School of Medicine, and Paul A. Offit, M.D., chief of the division of infectious diseases and director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Sullivan is author of "Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine," due out just before the conference. Offit is the author of several books including "Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All" (2011), and "Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine" (2013). Gov. John Hickenlooper will welcome attendees to Colorado during the conference kickoff.

Ninth National Pay for Performance Summit
  03/24/14 San Francisco, CA
 

Attendees at this conference will hear presentations on such topics as achieving the full potential of performance measurement, moving payment from volume to value, and regional collaborations designed to achieve the triple aim (lowering costs while improving quality and patient satisfaction), among other topics.

American Dental Education Association Annual Session and Exhibition
  03/15/14 - 03/18/14 San Antonio, TX
 

The theme of this is year’s meeting is “The Science of Learning.”

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 2014 Annual Meeting
  03/14/14 - 03/17/14 Orlando, FL
 

The AAGP Annual Meeting is a top educational event in geriatric mental health care, incorporating the latest information on clinical care, research on aging and mental health and models of care.

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Annual Scientific Meeting
  03/14/14 - 03/17/14 Orlando, FL
 

The meeting will focus on evidence-based treatments of late-life mental illness, specifically with a focus on empowering health care providers, patients, and families with the information and tools they need for quality mental health care.

Housing First Partners Conference
  03/12/14 - 03/14/14 Chicago, IL
 

A national forum for housing, health and mental health service providers, as well as federal, state and local government officials, researchers, advocates, trainers, peers and thought leaders engaged in ending homelessness through Housing First. Co-sponsored by DESC and Pathways to Housing.

Sixth Annual Leadership Summit on Consumerism Through Health Plan Innovation
  03/11/14 Orlando, FL
 

Attendees at this conference will hear how health plans are developing new ways to retain existing members and expand their market share by adopting retail marketing strategies and consumer engagement tools.

Aging in America 2014
  03/11/14 - 03/15/14 San Diego, CA
 

The American Society on Aging annual conference is one of the largest multidisciplinary aging service meetings in the U.S. -- this year over 3,000 professionals in the field of aging – health care professionals, researchers, policy analysts, occupational therapists, social workers, financial planners, elder law attorneys, and others who work with older adults will get together to focus on best practices for serving an aging population

AHIP's Health Insurance Exchanges Forum
  03/07/14 Washington, DC
 

In the first two sessions of this forum, speakers will address enrollment trends in exchanges. The first speaker, Paul Mango (director, health care systems and services, for McKinsey & Company), will speak about enrollment trends in exchanges and who has signed up in the marketplaces, which products these individuals chose and what they were charged. The second speaker will be Diana Dooley, secretary of the California Health & Human Services Agency, who will focus on the state‐based exchanges and what strategies insures should consider for enrollment in 2015.

AHIP’s 2014 National Policy Forum
  03/05/14 - 03/06/14 Washington, DC
 

Those who attend the Association of Health Insurance Plan’s  event will hear presentations from administration officials, members of Congress, governors and health policy experts about the first two months under the Affordable Care Act, including the experiences of consumers and employers.

National "Virtual" Summit on Maternity Care Payment Reform
  03/03/14 Online
 

The topic of payment reform for maternity care is an area of concern because childbirth is costly and the quality is uneven, says the Catalyst for Payment Reform. CPR will waive the registration fee for AHCJ members.

Beyond the Basics of Pitching: Becoming That Dream Writer
  02/28/14 Online
 

AHCJ webcastAHCJ will host a webcast especially for independent journalists who are planning to take part in the Freelance PitchFest at Health Journalism 2014. Our panel of editors will give their best advice on how to make your pitch communicate a story, and impress them in the process. Note: This webcast is for AHCJ members, so you will need to have your login and password to participate.

Expanding freelance options: Grant writing
  02/27/14 Cleveland Heights, OH
 

AHCJ Chapter EventJoin the Association for Health Care Journalists for the first in what is hoped to be a series of programs over the next couple of years, pinpointing new options for freelancers to use their journalistic skills to make a living.

Accountable Care Organizations and Provider Integration Under Health Care Reform Online
  02/26/14
 

This teleconference will discuss an important issue for health care journalists covering how hospitals and physician groups are joining together to improve care delivery and yet not run afoul of antitrust laws.

Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting
  02/20/14 - 02/22/14 Chicago, IL
 

The 149th annual society meeting will feature lectures, demonstrations, courses and a trade show with 600 exhibit booths at Chicago's McCormick Place West.

Science Writers in Italy 2014 Meeting
  02/15/14 - 02/16/14 Florence
 

The Italian chapter of AHCJ will collaborate on the first national meeting of the Science Writers in Italy, to take place Feb. 15-16 in Florence.

On Feb. 15, the venue will be the Museum of Natural Sciences (Skeletons’ room in the Specola) in the city center. On Feb. 16, the gathering will be at Galileo’s House, “Il Gioiello,” in Arcetri.

The fee (50 euros) will cover coffee and lunch breaks. The official language will be Italian. Visit this website for more details (in Italian).

AcademyHealth’s National Health Policy Conference
  02/03/14 - 02/04/14 Washington, DC
 

The 14th annual conference is designed to outline the critical health care issues and policy priorities for the coming year and offer attendees an insider’s perspectives from health policy leaders.

Yankee Dental Congress
  01/29/14 - 02/02/14 Boston, MA
 

This annual meeting will include a celebration of the 150th birthday of the Massachusetts Dental Society and  the Ninth Annual Conference for Women In Dentistry which will focus on the theme "Surviving and Thriving: Treating Ourselves as Well as We Treat Our Patients."

Covering news about screenings, preventive health recommendations
  01/28/14 Online
 

AHCJ Webcast

How does the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force come to its determinations and how can you report on the science and not just the heat a recommendation generates? You will need your AHCJ user name and password for access.

Obamacare: Covering What Comes Next
  01/22/14 - 01/24/14 College Park, MD
 

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, raises complex and often very personal questions for Americans. Reporters can learn the facts and nuances of this program, how it works, what it means and how to localize this story.

Living to 100 Symposium
  01/08/14 - 01/10/14 Orlando, FL
 

Sponsored by the Society of Actuaries, global thought leaders share ideas and knowledge on aging, increases in survival rates and the resulting increase in aging populations together with its implications to social, financial, retirement and health care systems.

Last day to pay for insurance for enrollment
  12/23/13
 

Dec. 23 is the last day consumers who do not have Medicare or employer-sponsored insurance have to enroll for health insurance online if they expect to be enrolled in a plan under the Affordable Care Act on Jan. 1, 2014.

Medicare: Whose Entitlement Is It?
  12/18/13
 

AHCJ webcastMedicare reform is a hot topic, ith both political parties proposing raising the Medicare eligibility age and premiums on older adults, among other changes. Two experts will help AHCJ members understand the issues. This is an event for AHCJ members so you will need your AHCJ user name and password to access the webcast. Click here if you need help or contact info@healthjournalism.org.

Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 73rd Policy Forum
  12/12/13 Washington, DC
 

Policy forums bring together a cross-section of EBRI sponsors, congressional and executive branch staff, benefit experts, and representatives from academia, interest groups and labor to examine public policy issues. The forums are roundtable discussions featuring verbal and written exchange among speakers and participants.

The cost of health care: Is transparency possible?
  12/12/13
 

AHCJ webcastFor years, health insurers and employers have been shifting the responsibility to pay for care to consumers and employees. AHCJ will explore the need for information on the cost of care in this webcast. This is an event for members so you will need to log in. Click here if you need help logging in or contact info@healthjournalism.org.

AHCJ New York City Chapter: New York's Insurance Exchange
  12/12/13 New York, NY
 

AHCJ Chapter EventJoin AHCJ's New York City chapter for a discussion about New York's Insurance Exchange, featuring Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of the New York Community Service Society.

Atlanta chapter gathering
  12/10/13 Atlanta, GA
 

The Atlanta chapter will gather to greet the 2013-14 Regional Health Journalism Fellows, who will be in town visiting the CDC as part of the fellowship program.

D.C. Chapter Annual Holiday Networking Party
  12/04/13 Washington, DC
 

We’ve completed our “punch lists” and checked them twice and after a year filled with talk about exchanges, cancellations and repeal, it’s time for you to grab your in-person assistor and navigate your way to:

The Association of Health Care Journalists’ DC Chapter Annual Holiday Networking Party

The gathering will be 6-8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at The National Journal offices at The Watergate (600 New Hampshire Ave. NW).

2013 Lown Conference: From Avoidable Care to Right Care
  12/03/13 - 12/05/13 Boston, MA
 

A series of panels and speakers will address medical overuse as a global epidemic, explore physician fears of medical malpractice suits, envision the U.S. health care system 25 years from now, and demonstrate how to start conversations about overuse.

National Summit on Fostering Transparency in the Cost and Quality of Health Care
  12/02/13 - 12/04/13 Washington, DC
 

Steven Brill, J.D., who wrote, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” for Time magazine in March, will be the keynote speaker.

Medical Care and Medical Ethics at Guantanamo Conference
  12/02/13 Washington, DC
 

A conference co-sponsored by The Constitution Project and Global Lawyers and Physicians at Boston University School of Public Health. Participants will include physicians, medical ethicists and others. Discussions will examine obstacles said to impede physicians’ ability to deliver medical care to Guantanamo detainees. The conference will be held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

World AIDS Day
  12/01/13
 

This year’s theme is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.”

The annual observance is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Greater New York Dental Meeting 2013
  11/29/13 - 12/04/13 New York, NY
 

One of the world’s largest dental congresses, this annual event charges no registration fee and offers scientific presentations, seminars for dentists and auxiliaries, hands-on workshops, technical exhibits and an a trade show with hundreds of exhibitors.

IAGG-GARN International Conference on Nursing Homes
  11/22/13 - 11/23/13 St. Louis, MO
 

Despite the increase of both the aging population and the number of institutionalized older people, clinical research on nursing homes is still scarce. The improvement of the quality of care in nursing homes will rely on the evidence from research performed in these settings, their feasibility in real life and the successful dissemination of clinical evidences. The International Conference on Nursing Homes offers an opportunity to learn and share ideas, and promote knowledge among researchers.

Chicago chapter: Fresh Stories Ahead for the Affordable Care Act
  11/21/13 Chicago, IL
 

Does your story list need a kick in the pants? The technical problems of HealthCare.gov have overshadowed other health reform stories since the rollout of the federal marketplace website on Oct. 1. Journalists now need to look ahead for trends and develop new story ideas. Our panel discussion will dig into three big changes that haven't received much public attention yet: pediatric dental coverage, substance abuse treatment coverage and a new type of nonprofit health insurers called CO-OPs.

Consumer Experience Forum
  11/20/13 - 11/21/13 Chicago, IL
 

Health plan executives will outline strategies plans use as they adopt retail sales and marketing strategies. In this conference is sponsored by America’s Health Insurance Plans, health plan administrators will outline consumer engagement strategies. Among the featured speakers will be Anne Filipic, president of Enroll America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization seeking to enroll the uninsured in health insurance plans.

Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting
  11/19/13 - 11/24/13 New Orleans, LA
 

GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting brings together more than 4,000 people in the field of aging to participate in more than 400 scientific sessions including symposia, paper, and poster presentations.

AHIP Operations and Technology Forum
  11/18/13 - 11/20/13 Chicago, IL
 

During the AHIP Operations and Technology Forum health plan executives will outline the operational and technical challenges health plans in the health insurance marketplaces. The forum is sponsored by the Association of Health Insurance Plans. Speakers will outline strategies health plans are using to market plans on the exchanges and the methods used increase consumer engagement. Among the feature speakers will be Steven Brill, author of the cover story for Time magazine in March, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” and Judith Hibbard, a senior researcher and professor emerita at the University of Oregon, who has worked on the Patient Activation Measure (PAM), which health plans use to characterize how engaged patients are in their care.

Clinical Trials Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease
  11/14/13 - 11/16/13 San Diego, CA
 

The 6th annual CtaD conference will relate experiences from international teams covering every stage of clinical trials in Alzheimer’s Disease. From animal models to human trials, CtaD 2013 provides an opportunity to learn about the latest results on new therapies in development, advances in fundamental research, biomarker validation, PET imaging and cognitive assessments.

Keynotes and symposia will also cover internet screening of cognition to recruit for clinical trials, designing drug trials taking into account neuropsychiatric symptoms of AD, Down syndrome and AD as well as ethical issues and methodological considerations.

NCQA’s Eighth Annual Policy Conference
  11/08/13 Washington, DC
 

At this conference, the nation’s top health care leaders will discuss next steps in health reform. Journalists can attend the conference in person or via live streaming online.

Aging and Society Conference
  11/08/13 - 11/09/13 Chicago, IL
 

This is an international forum to enhance knowledge and continue discussion for anyone engaged in the aging community of researchers, academics, caregivers, and practitioners.

American Nurses Association 2013 Staffing Conference
  11/08/13 - 11/09/13 Washington, DC
 

Studies show that optimal staffing reduces mortality rates, adverse patient outcomes, length of stay, and rates of readmissions and medical errors. This conference aims to empower nurses to improve patient care by developing innovative solutions to the complex challenge of determining and delivering appropriate nurse staffing.

November’s “Drink to your health” gathering
  11/06/13 New York, NY
 

Health journalists in New York get together to chat about science, health care and journalism.

Hospice / Palliative Care Month
  11/01/13 - 11/30/13
 

This observance focuses on raising awareness about care for the 1.5 million patients each year who receive care from hospices in the United States.

National Association of Home Care and Hospice annual meeting
  10/31/13 - 11/03/13 Washington, DC
 

Attendees of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice's annual meeting will hear about 2013 as a key year to focus on the particular needs of home care and hospice providers. With the future of Medicare at stake, NAHC members will strategize and share stories with key stakeholders about the impact  only hospice and home care providers can make. Contact: Barbara Wooley, PR & Marketing, NAHC, bdw@nahc.org

The Next Wave of Wellness and Disease Management Strategies for Health Plans
  10/29/13 Washington, DC
 

This conference will address the challenges wellness programs and disease managers face from employers and health plans today.

Webcast: Will families buy kids’ dental benefits on new exchanges?
  10/29/13
 

AHCJ webcastWe’ll get early assessments of whether health care reform is actually getting dental care to more kids, through private insurance and Medicaid expansions. 

This is an event for AHCJ members so you will need your AHCJ user name and password to access the webcast. Make sure you have that information beforehand. Click here if you need help or contact info@healthjournalism.org.

Webcast: Using fellowships to advance your freelance career
  10/22/13
 

AHCJ webcast

Freelancers often walk a fine line between doing work that pays the bills and doing work that helps them reach their creative and career goals. Reporting fellowships are a way to do both. There are a number of reporting fellowships out there, and most are open to freelancers. But how do you make yourself stand out? How do you line up the clients, the story ideas and the plans for doing a fellowship, all while maintaining your other freelance work?

A recording of this webcast is now available for AHCJ members. 

AHCJ San Francisco chapter: Mental health matters
  10/17/13 San Francisco, CA
 

AHCJ logoAre you a health reporter who regularly writes about mental health? Or maybe you’re looking to add this important area to your beat? Join us for a workshop and perspectives from two veteran health journalists.

This workshop explores stigmas, stereotypes, and facts about mental health, and covers sources, precision, relevance, language, cultural considerations and many other issues that can help reporters and editors tell more complete stories.

There’s never been a more pressing need for robust reporting about mental health. This workshop can provide you with some tools for telling that story accurately.

Webcast: How will rural Americans tap into the insurance marketplaces?
  10/17/13
 

AHCJ webcast

Nearly one in five uninsured Americans live in rural areas, and a greater proportion of rural residents lacks health insurance compared with the proportion of urban residents without health care coverage. One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is help make health insurance coverage affordable and accessible for the approximately 60 million Americans who live in rural areas.

You will need your AHCJ user name and password to access the webcast, so make sure you have that information beforehand. Click here if you need help.

World Arthritis Day
  10/12/13 - 10/12/13
 

World Arthritis Day, was established in 1996, joins together people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases from around the world to raise awareness and reduce the impact of  arthritis. For more information, contact the Arthritis Foundation, 404-965-7595, help@arthritis.org

Bone and Joint Health National Action Week
  10/12/13 - 10/20/13
 

The U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative promotes this annual Bone and Joint Health National Action Week, which focuses on disorders including arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma. The events and projects organized by individuals and organizations worldwide are designed to raise awareness of prevention, disease management and treatments as well as advances in a number of areas. Contact: Toby King, 847-430-5053 

 

National Depression Screening Day
  10/11/13 - 10/11/13
 

National Depression Screening Day is the nation’s oldest, voluntary, community-based screening program for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. The event gives people access to a validated screening questionnaire and provides referral information for treatment. More information: Angela Devereaux, Screening for Mental Health Inc., 781-239-0071, adevereaux@mentalhealthscreening.org

Annual Health Policy Forum
  10/09/13 St. Louis, MO
 

The keynote speaker will be Don Berwick, M.D.,, former administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Mass.

Creating a Culture of Wellness & Health
  10/09/13 - 10/09/13 Chicago, IL
 

Wellness and human resources executives will discuss, debate and exchange ideas on the impact of strong culture of health in the workplace on employee productivity and costs.

Health Data Journalism Workshop
  10/03/13 - 10/04/13 Anaheim, CA
 

Health Data WorkshopJournalists are invited to tap into health data in a special workshop coming this fall. This AHCJ workshop offers something for data newcomers and  veterans – from spreadsheet basics to visualizing data online. You’ll come away with skills and ideas on teasing stories out of datasets and tools on presenting these stories.

The first day will feature hands-on classes focused on spreadsheet basics for the novices. The second day will feature more advanced training.

Medicine X: Stanford University School of Medicine
  09/27/13 - 09/29/13 CA
 

The Medicine X initiative is designed to explore the potential of social media and information technology to advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care.

Philadelphia chapter: Fetal surgery expert event at CHOP
  09/26/13 Philadelphia, PA
 

AHCJ chapter event

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is hosting a Philadelphia chapter meeting for the Association of Health Care Journalists on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

The focus is on fetal surgery, a field that has delivered big changes in spina bifida treatment and other complex conditions diagnosed before birth.

The sessions will kick off at 5:55 pm with a Welcome-Intro from Dr. Scott Adzick, CHOP's Surgeon-in-Chief, and at 6:05 pm, we go to breakout groups, enabling us to rotate through six short presentations.

Advanced Old Age In America: What Can We Count On?
  09/26/13 Washington, DC
 

The Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness roundtable features an all-star lineup of gerontologists, policy analysts, nonprofit and political stakeholders. 

Experts on aging will debate a wide range of issues, including costs, social service needs, caregiver shortage, needs of elderly experiencing cognitive decline, policy strategies and the role of local coalitions, commissions, and communities in our aging nation.

For those who can’t make it in person, the roundtable is also available via live webcast (register in advance).

Federal exchanges: News briefing for regional and local reporters
  09/26/13
 

AHCJ webcastCMS officials answered questions from reporters about the federal health insurance marketplace. Reporters had direct, on-the-record access to Gary Cohen, deputy administrator and director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, and Julie Bataille, director, CMS Office of Communications.

A recording of this briefing is now available to AHCJ members.

Webinar: Coordinating Public Sector Health Care Purchasing
  09/24/13
 

Learn how California state entities can influence health care cost and value from Michael Bailit, M.B.A., of Bailit Health Purchasing and author of "All Together Now: Coordinating California's Public Sector Health Care Purchasing."

Covering the ACA Marketplaces
  09/16/13 Washington, DC
 

Come learn about some best ways to cover the new exchanges, best questions to ask and sources to contact. Panelists include Julie Rovner of NPR, Sarah Kliff of The Washington Post, AHCJ's health reform topic leader Joanne Kenen of Politico and Sabrina Corlette of the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute.

Institute for Oral Health (IOH) National Conference: Impact of Policy on Oral Health Care Delivery
  09/12/13 - 09/13/13 Washington, DC
 

Conference speakers will discuss the evolving dental profession, policy changes to support oral health, the economic impact of untreated oral health and innovative delivery models for getting care to those in need.

Visit the website for more information.

Atlanta chapter: The CDC and global health with Ron Ballard
  09/10/13 Atlanta, GA
 

The Atlanta chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, Sept. 10, at Ri Ra Irish Pub (1080 Peachtree St NE, Suite 1, at the corner of Crescent and 12th) in Midtown to hear about the CDC's role in global health.

We'll hear from Ron Ballard, Ph.D., who is associate director for laboratory science at the CDC Center for Global Health Leadership.

Webinar: Helping consumers understand what they will pay in the new marketplaces
  09/10/13
 

The second webinar in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s series looks at insurance rates and plan offerings in the new state-based marketplaces.

Data release: Preliminary data on births for 2012
  09/06/13
 

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics will release data and information about “Births: Preliminary Data for 2012.” All materials are embargoed until 12:01 a.m. on the date of release.  For more information or to request an interview please contact the NCHS press office at 301-458-4800 or paoquery@cdc.gov.

Data release: Use of family planning and related medical services among women
  09/05/13
 

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics will release data and information about the “Use of Family Planning and Related Medical Services among Women 15-44 in the United States” from the National Survey of Family Growth 2006-2010. All materials are embargoed until 12:01 a.m. on the date of release.  For more information or to request an interview please contact the NCHS press office at 301-458-4800 or paoquery@cdc.gov.

Briefing: Survey of health care benefit costs and plan changes at large employers
  08/28/13 Washington, DC
 

The National Business Group on Health will host a press briefing on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 10:00 a.m. EDT at the National Press Club to discuss the results of its annual survey of large employers on health care benefit costs and changes they are making to their programs in the wake of economic uncertainty and rising costs.

Webinar: What Do Consumers Need to Know About Health Reform's Changes?
  08/28/13
 

As part of its Media Fellowships Program, the Kaiser Family Foundation is organizing a series of interactive webinars exclusively for journalists to address key aspects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the implications for consumers, and strategies for connecting the dots for different audiences.

The first webinar will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 28, and will be an overview of how health reform's impact will vary for people in different circumstances, including those currently with employer coverage, those who buy their own insurance and those who are currently uninsured. Foundation State Health Policy Director Jennifer Tolbert and Senior Fellow Karen Pollitz will explain the law's individual mandate requiring most Americans to obtain coverage, as well as the law's new coverage options, including new state insurance marketplaces, subsidies for people with low- and moderate incomes, and new rules prohibiting insurers from discriminating based on pre-existing conditions. They will answer journalists' questions about the law as part of the webinar.

Florida Council on Aging
  08/12/13 - 08/14/13 Orlando, FL
 

Changing Aging: Administators and employees of aging services organizations including healthcare, long term care, day care, policy. Sessions on topics such as integrative care partnerships, sustainable living, and managed care.

New York City chapter: Drink to your health
  08/07/13 New York, NY
 

AHCJ chapter eventJoin other health writers to chat about health care science/policy, network and, of course, drink... to your health! Bring along anyone you think might be interested, with the understanding that this is a pitch-free networking event.

Webcast: Aging and end-of-life care
  08/07/13 Online
 

AHCJ webcastReporting on end-of-life issues can be touchy for everyone involved and journalists need to handle issues of death and dying with sensitivity and skill. Understanding the processes, both clinical and legal, the nuances, and methods to manage such emotional issues with patients, families, and care providers, will result in more effective and powerful stories. 

Sharpen your reporting skills and learn more about treatment decision making, health care near the end of life, hospice and palliative care and ethical issues that accompany them.

Join us for a webcast on Wednesday Aug. 7 at 8 a.m. PDT/11 a.m. EDT. Our panelists will be V.J. Periyakoil, M.D., director of Palliative Care Education and Training at Stanford University; Nancy Berlinger, Ph.D, a research scholar at The Hastings Center and an author on end-of-life care; and Lisa Krieger  a San Jose Mercury News health reporter whose multi-part series on death and dying chronicled her personal experiences with the process.  Liz Seegert, AHCJ's topic leader on aging will moderate.

The 6th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  08/06/13 - 08/08/13 Vancouver
 

The conference will showcase innovative programs and approaches dedicated to collaboration among health care professionals, patients, residents in long-term care communities, and families and other care partners.

National Senior Center Month
  08/01/13 - 08/31/13
 

This is an extended celebration sponsored by the National Council on Aging. Senior centers throughout the U.S. are planning promotional events to get the word out about their services to local communities and shine a positive light on aging. There will be plenty of local tie-ins for reporters.

Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD) 31st Annual Symposium
  08/01/13 - 08/03/13 Philadelphia, PA
 

The theme of this year’s conference is “Enhancing the Vision of Sports Dentistry.”

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging National Conference
  07/27/13 - 07/31/13 Louisville, KY
 

The national conference showcases innovative programs and services to assist AOAs to help older people and their caregivers live with dignity at home and in their communities as long as possible.  Care Transitions, Managed Care Long Term Care Services, technology, and social media are some of the sessions planned.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008: Impact on Disability Discrimination
  07/23/13 Washington, DC
 

Congressional, civil rights and business community champions of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act will make brief remarks to mark the fifth anniversary of the ADAAA. That will be followed by the release and summary of National Council on Disability’s latest report, "The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008: Impact on Disability Discrimination," which will provide an analysis of federal court cases decided under the ADAAA since it went into effect in January of 2009.

Healthy Aging Means Business
  07/18/13 Philadelphia, PA
 

The aging population means new opportunities for businesses. This one-day conference focuses on how businesses might leverage healthy aging trends, health and longevity, and money and finances. Business executives will hear about current and new and  evidence-based resources and techniques in the healthy aging marketplace.  Projected attendees include product development, strategic planning, brand management, market research and client service executives. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Gerontological Society of America and NMI Market Research.

Philadelphia Chapter — State health law implementation: Race to the starting line
  06/18/13 Philadelphia, PA
 

Please join the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists on Tuesday, June 18 for a special event to explore the challenges that Pennsylvania and New Jersey face this year leading up to the 2014 health law changes.

Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2013
  06/14/13 Birmingham, AL
 

Rural Health Journalism WorkshopAHCJ’s sixth Rural Health Journalism Workshop will bring journalists together with health care and policy experts who focus on the medical challenges of rural areas.

Leave with a better understanding of what’s happening – or will be happening – in rural regions, and return to work with dozens of story ideas you can pursue.

This special one-day, no-fee workshop will help you find and cover health stories in rural America.

NYC Chapter: Steve Brill
  06/11/13 New York, NY
 

Bitter PillBrill will talk about his recent Time Magazine piece, "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," and other health journalism observations. 

Chicago chapter: Changing Costs and Care at the End of Life
  06/11/13 Chicago, IL
 

AHCJ chapter event

In the wake of the "death panels" controversy that demonized efforts to compensate physicians for conversations with patients, there is a growing movement to improve end of life care. Billions of dollars are spent annually on Medicare patients for care delivered in the final months of their lives, much of it unnecessary, painful, duplicative and unwanted.

Studies have shown that earlier use of palliative and hospice care and advance care planning can not only improve the quality of life and care, but also lengthen lifespan, improve patient satisfaction and cut costs. This panel will discuss how hospitals, physicians and advocates are working with patients to improve end of life care.

AHCJ Washington, D.C., chapter: A get-together with PhRMA
  06/05/13 Washington, DC
 

AHCJ Chapter EventThe Washington, D.C., chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists invites you to a gathering with pharmaceutical industry reps.

This off-the-record, informal gathering is a chance to meet communications people from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America – people you may know only through email and press releases. No speeches, no lobbying – just good food and good conversation.

Cleveland chapter — State health law implementation: Race to the starting line
  05/16/13 Cleveland, OH
 

Despite pushback from the Republican-controlled Ohio General Assembly, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is still hoping to expand Medicaid and is committed to seeking federal help with the state’s insurance exchange. Find out where things stand in this briefing.

Boston AHCJ chapter: Meet Massachusetts’ new health honcho
  05/14/13 Boston, MA
 

Meet John Polanowicz, the new secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. A former hospital executive and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Stanford University’s business school, Polanowicz oversees 15 state agencies. With his background as a company commander in the U.S. Army, he has a special interest in issues facing veterans and military families. Please RSVP by Monday, May 6, to info@healthjournalism.org.

Conference call: Prescriber Checkup
  05/14/13 Conference call
 

ProPublica is preparing to launch a huge health care project in conjunction with The Washington Post called “Prescriber Checkup,” which will allow users to see individual doctors’ prescribing habits for the first time.

ProPublica is hosting a reporters’ conference call on Tuesday, May 14 at 2pm ET to walk everyone through the app and how best to utilize it for their own localized reporting. Participants should sign up in advance.

Webinar on costs of hospital procedures
  05/08/13 Telephone and online
 

A special HHS press call will focus on the costs of hospital procedures. Following that briefing, join us for a webinar on understanding and using the data behind those costs.

Instructors include:

  • Jonathan Blum, acting principal deputy administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

  • Karl Stark, AHCJ vice president and Philadelphia Inquirer health editor 

The free webinar is 2-3 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 8.

Covering Medicare: Care, Costs, Control and Consequences
  05/05/13 - 05/07/13 St. Petersburg, FL
 

Covering Medicare is a three-day workshop aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of Medicare reform, economics, health-quality initiatives and the impact on local communities. Attendees will learn about the most pressing Medicare issues from industry experts, those on the front lines of change in the program and journalists covering the topic.

SF Bay Area Chapter - State health law implementation: Race to the starting line
  04/23/13 San Francisco, CA
 

Former California Medicaid Director Stan Rosenstein, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Larry Levitt, and workforce expert Susan Chapman will address the complex issues that California faces this year leading up to major 2014 health law changes.

Building Healthy Academic Communities National Summit
  04/22/13 - 04/23/13 Columbus, OH
 

Health and wellness covers a broad range of campus-wide issues and changing landscapes. Topics covered at the summit that tap into participants' expertise range from policy and benefits development, strategic planning, leadership and constituent engagement to the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative wellness activities. Organizers say this will include comprehensive, evidence-based practices on faculty & staff wellness, student wellness, academic medical centers, and wellness innovation.

State health law implementation: Race to the starting line
  04/22/13 Los Angeles, CA
 

Less than a year from now, states must be ready to enroll millions of people in insurance exchanges, as outlined in the 2010 health care overhaul law. Or, the federal government will step in to do the job, or part of it. States also have the option of opening their Medicaid programs to millions of new participants. But that's not much time, considering their long to-do lists.

Will California be ready to begin enrolling people this fall? Will hospitals and insurers be ready in time? Will people with changing economic situations bounce between Medicaid and subsidized private insurance, and will they have gaps in coverage? Will people know what kind of insurance to sign up for, and how to do it? Will there be a shortage of physicians and other medical providers?

This briefing will help you answer these questions for your readers, viewers and listeners.

Elder Abuse and its Prevention: Institute of Medicine Workshop
  04/17/13 - 04/18/13 Washington, DC
 

This two-day public workshop will explore the global burden and impact of elder abuse on families, individual, communities, and societies. Multi-faceted, evidence-based approaches to preventing elder violence will be presented.

2013 NICHE Conference
  04/10/13 - 04/12/13 Philadelphia, PA
 

Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders

This three-day event highlights evidence-based innovations, research and networking opportunities. The goal is to provide support to hospitals and other health care organizations in meeting the critical challenge of quality care for older adults.

Meet and greet with HHS communications team
  04/04/13 Washington, DC
 

The Association of Health Care Journalists’ Washington, D.C., Chapter will meet up with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ communications team. This informal, off-the-record gathering is a chance to meet the HHS communications people you may only know through email and phone calls. Dori Salcido, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and several members of her staff will be joining us.

Health Journalism 2013
  03/14/13 - 03/17/13 Boston, MA
 

Health Journalism 2013 will be in Boston

A record crowd of more than 750 attended Health Journalism 2013 in Boston. Journalists from across the United States and eight other nations took part in skill-building workshops, panel discussions and field trips to area research sites.

The conference, produced by the association’s Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, featured world-class speakers, and helpful sessions aimed at aiding reporters, editors and news producers in better covering the latest health issues. AHCJ used a news briefing to unveil its news app, hospitalinspections.org.

AHCJ Atlanta Chapter: State health law implementation — Race to the starting line
  03/05/13 Atlanta, GA
 

AHCJ chapter event

Please join the Atlanta chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the nonpartisan Alliance for Health Reform for a special event on Tuesday, March 5.

Health insurance expert Bill Custer, Medicaid expert Tim Jost and Grady Memorial Hospital CEO John Haupert will address the complex issues that Georgia faces this year leading up to major 2014 health law changes.

AHCJ Philadelphia chapter: Open house at CHOP
  03/05/13 Philadelphia, PA
 

AHCJ chapter eventChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia is holding an open house for AHCJ members. It’s a great way to get in the mood for Health Journalism 2013 in Boston (March 14-17). And even if you’re not going to Boston, this free event promises to produce some good story leads involving the cardiac care of children and adult survivors.

Secrets of pitching: Tips, tricks and insight into editors’ minds
  03/05/13 Webcast
 

AHCJ Webcast

For freelancers and potential freelancers, pitching is job No. 1. AHCJ knows that; that’s why every year, our annual Health Journalism conference offers Freelance PitchFest, which puts you face-to-face with some of the biggest health editors in the country. Members attending Pitchfest know they have to be ready to make a good impression in minutes — and members who won’t be attending the conference, but are busy freelancers, want to know more about pitching too.

AHCJ has your back with a webcast on pitching health stories that sell, featuring some top editors.

Global aging: A report from the World Economic Forum on key challenges, solutions & opportunities
  02/27/13 Webcast
 

AHCJ WebcastOne key issue addressed at the recent World Economic Forum was the rapidly increasing global aging population; and how to prepare for its profound impact on global health, as well as the direct economic, social and political implications.

Global experts from the WEF Global Agenda Council on Ageing led this discussion in Davos and presented a new report outlining key challenges/opportunities associated with global aging, including how to improve healthy aging through the innovation of global health systems and investment in long-term health options; as well as specific initiatives to seize the social and economic opportunity created by the aging population.  

AHCJ members are invited to a webinar with leaders from the WEF Council on Ageing to discuss these topics and share specific outcomes from their discussion in Davos

New York City Metro chapter: Ben Goldacre
  02/20/13 New York, NY
 

Dr. Ben GoldacreThe New York City Metro chapter of AHCJ is proud to announce Dr. Ben Goldacre will be speaking to health journalists at its Feb. 20 meeting.

Goldacre (@bengoldacre), a physician, is author of the best-selling book "Bad Science" and the new book "Bad Pharma," which is already making waves around the globe. Goldacre's website says he specializes in "unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, PR people and quacks. Unpicking bad science is the best way to explain good science."

Goldacre has been writing the Bad Science column in the Guardian since 2003. His latest campaign, his biggest ever, is AllTrials.net, which is seeking to have all clinical trials registered, all summary results reported, and full Clinical Study Reports made publicly available.

AHCJ San Francisco Chapter: Reporting on end-of-life care
  01/10/13 San Francisco Bay Area, CA
 

AHCJ chapter event

Two doctors who specialize in palliative care will discuss recent innovations in that area and cross-cultural health issues that arise in working with patients and families. A Bay Area journalist who has written about end-of-life issues will share her experiences, including obstacles and challenges in reporting, and how she got around them.

State health law implementation: Race to the starting line
  12/12/12 Chicago, IL
 

AHCJ chapter eventLess than a year from now, states must be ready to enroll millions of people in insurance exchanges, as outlined in the 2010 health care overhaul law. Or, the federal government will step in to do the job, or part of it. States also have the option of opening their Medicaid programs to millions of new participants. But that's not much time, considering their long to-do lists.

What information do the states still need from the federal government about how the federal and partnership exchanges will work? How much latitude will the states have to handle eligibility for Medicaid and to make sure that people transitioning between Medicaid and subsidized private insurance in the exchanges won't have gaps in coverage? Can the federal government be ready with its own back-up exchanges? Will insurers be ready in time?

This briefing, sponsored by AHCJ, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will help you answer these questions for your readers, viewers and listeners.

AHCJ Washington, D.C., Chapter: Holiday happy hour
  12/05/12 Washington, DC
 

AHCJ chapter eventCome toast the holiday season with some fine wine and craft beer with other D.C.-area health reporters and editors. No formal program – just a gathering of health journalists to tell war stories from 2012 and look forward to another crazy year in 2013. 

Cleveland-Akron Chapter Meet 'n Greet
  12/05/12 Cleveland Heights, OH
 

We are headed into the chilliest season of the year and at the Cleveland Association of Health Care Journalists' Meet 'n Greet you can get a head start on holiday chillin' (and playing catch-up) at Cedar-Fairmount's aptly named and cozy (dim lights, scattered tables, comfy couch) Fairmount Martini and Wine Bar.

Adapting to an aging society: Challenges and opportunities
  12/04/12 Online
 

AHCJ webcastToday, Americans are living 30 years longer than their ancestors did just four generations ago. Yet policymakers have been slow to recognize the implications of this unprecedented increase in longevity.

As a result, social institutions of all kinds – workplaces, communities, families, educational organizations, health care providers – haven’t yet adapted to the challenges and opportunities posed by America’s aging population. Nor is there any consensus over what successful adaptation might look like.

In this webcast, three experts will discuss noteworthy trends and research in aging, including a recent study on troubling disparities in life expectancy that was featured on the front page of The New York Times. Judith Graham, AHCJ’s topic leader on aging, will moderate.

Atlanta Chapter: CDC response to meningitis outbreak
  12/03/12 Atlanta, GA
 

AHCJ chapter eventThe CDC's John Jernigan, M.D., M.S., clinical team lead on the Multistate Meningitis Outbreak and director of the CDC's Office of Health Associated Infections Prevention Research and Evaluation will talk about the agency’s response to the multistate fungal meningitis outbreak.

AHCJ Chicago: JAMA Editor-in-Chief Dr. Howard Bauchner
  11/15/12 Chicago, IL
 

Join the Chicago chapter of AHCJ on Thursday, Nov. 15, to meet JAMA Editor-in-Chief Dr. Howard Bauchner. He’ll be ready to talk with us about the election and what the voting outcome means for health care, the path of health care reform, changes ahead for The JAMA Network and the state of medical journals.

AHCJ San Francisco Chapter -- E-book publishing: New opportunities for health journalists?
  11/12/12 San Francisco, CA
 

AHCJ chapter eventDo you have an e-book in your writing future? Join us and find out. The Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists invites you to join us and find out.

This event is FREE and all AHCJ members, nonmembers working in health journalism, journalism students, and others in the health care field are welcome. 

Application deadline: AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Performance
  11/12/12
 

Logo: AHCJ Media Fellowshiops on Health Performance

The AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance is a yearlong program allowing journalists to pursue a significant reporting project related to the U.S. health care system. It can be local or national in scope, or a little of both.

Guidance is provided by AHCJ fellowship leaders through customized seminars on health care systems, conference calls and email consultations. The fellowship covers the cost of attending the seminars and AHCJ conferences, and a project allowance is available to defray the cost of field reporting, health data analysis and other project-related research. In addition, each fellow will receive a $2,500 fellowship award upon the successful completion of the project.

What does the election mean for senior health?
  11/08/12 Webcast
 

AHCJ WebcastThis AHCJ webcast will examine one big piece of the puzzle: what this election’s outcome means for seniors on Medicare, older adults who receive long-term care services from Medicaid and other programs that serve our elderly population.

AHCJ Boston chapter post-election gathering
  11/07/12 Boston, MA
 

AHCJ chapter eventJoin us for some drinks, good company – and to hash over the election results and what they mean for health care and especially the Affordable Care Act. John McDonough and Robert Blendon of the Harvard School of Public Health will join us to help make sense of the outcome.

The state countdown: Fate of exchanges after the election
  10/18/12 Webcast
 

AHCJ WebcastJust days after the November elections, states will have to make final (or reasonably final) decisions about whether they are going to run their own health insurance exchange and what that will look like – or whether the federal government will take responsibility for all or part of the exchange.

We’ll talk to three experts who are doing hands-on work with both “red” and “blue” states.

Covering the Health and Medical Care of Immigrants
  10/11/12 - 10/12/12 San Antonio, TX
 

Covering the Health and Medical Care of ImmigrantsExperts and journalists have gathered to understand and better report stories on the health status of – and health care provided to – U.S. immigrants, both legal and undocumented.

Sessions include finding the stories you can pursue on the immigrant health paradox, how the health reform battle has impacted immigrants, workplace health and safety, the mental health needs of immigrants, special challenges in covering immigrant communities and more.

Optional hands-on sessions on Thursday will bring to life the connections of data covering immigrants and health via online and desktop data tools.

New York Chapter: Election polling
  10/03/12 New York, NY
 

AHCJ chapter eventAt this New York City AHCJ chapter meeting, Humphrey Taylor, pollster and chairman of the Harris Poll, will talk about election polling, giving us his insights and maybe some predictions. He also will discuss international health comparisons.

D.C. Chapter: Health journalists meet-the-doctors night
  10/02/12 Washington, DC
 

AHCJ chapter eventYou’re invited to an informal meeting with the policy and communications officials from some of the nation’s leading physician advocacy groups, including the American Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology and the American Osteopathic Association.

Atlanta chapter: Dr. Otis Brawley
  09/25/12 Atlanta, GA
 

AHCJ chapter eventMany of you had the pleasure of hearing Brawley, chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society, speak at Health Journalism 2012. Now, Dr. Brawley has been invited back to talk to our Atlanta chapter about various health topics. This will be a fun event, and guaranteed to be thought-provoking as well.

Excellence in Journalism conference: 10 Local Stories on Health Reform
  09/21/12 Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

AHCJ put together a panel for the annual joint conference of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association. Joanne Kenen, AHCJ's health reform topic leader and deputy health editor of Politico; and Stacey Singer, investigative reporter at The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post; offer ideas for local stories about health reform.

Panel Discussion: Social Media for the Working Journalist
  09/19/12 Chicago, IL
 

AHCJ chapter eventThe Chicago chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists is planning an event to help you make the most out of Twitter and other social media.

The status of health IT in your community
  08/07/12 Online
 

Farzad Mostashari
Farzad Mostashari

A recording of this webinar is available.

AHCJ members took advantage of an exclusive on-the-record conversation with Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology, and other officials with the HHS Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

View and learn how to use an updated “Health IT Dashboard” to find local-level information for your stories.

Explanation of upgrades to CMS websites
  07/19/12
 

AHCJ will hold a members-only call with CMS officials to discuss major upgrades to Nursing Home Compare and Hospital Compare websites.

Join AHCJ on Thursday, July 19, at 11:30 a.m. ET, for an exclusive members-only conversation with officials from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about the rollout of major new additions to the Nursing Home Compare and Hospital Compare websites. You won't want to miss this.

Many of you are familiar with the Compare websites as sources for information about nursing home citations, hospital patient satisfaction scores, as well as mortality and readmission information. CMS has redesigned the sites and will be launching them on Thursday.

Click here to log in for more information and the chance to test your browser in advance.

Webcast: The Supreme Court has ruled. Now what?
  06/29/12 webcast
 

To assist reporters who will need to localize the decision, AHCJ will host a webcast with experts to offer suggestions on stories you can pursue right away and in the weeks ahead. The event will take place at noon ET on June 29, the day after the court releases its ruling.

Happy hour/networking with HHS public affairs team
  06/05/12 Washington, DC
 

Join the Association of Health Care Journalists Washington DC chapter for an informal happy hour/networking event with the public affairs team from the Department of Health and Human Services from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 on the outdoor patio at Poste Brasserie in downtown D.C.

Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2012
  06/01/12 Omaha, NE
 

Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2012Join us in America’s heartland on June 1 to learn how to better report the health stories abounding in rural areas. This special one-day, no-fee workshop in Omaha, Neb., will help you find and cover those stories in your area. Just join AHCJ – or make sure your membership is up to date – to attend.

 

Space medicine: NASA’s contributions to health care
  05/22/12 Cleveland, OH
 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has played a leading role in research and development of simple, low-cost medical items and devices used in the United States and around the world.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center has been involved in much of that R & D. And since activities there are now focusing on “exploration medicine” – the design and development of diagnostic and treatment devices that non-experts can use during exploration missions – that role will grow.

To learn about NASA’s work on medical devices and procedures currently used in health care and those in development, come and hear from Dr. Jerry G. Myers, Jr., PhD, chief of the Bio Science and Technology branch, NASA Glenn Research Center.

Chicago chapter: What’s next for the states on health reform?
  05/08/12 Chicago, IL
 

The waiting is the hardest part. So while we wait for a decision from the Supreme Court on President Barack Obama’s landmark health law, AHCJ's Chicago chapter invites you to join us in the Supreme Court guessing game and pose the question: “What’s next for the states on health reform?”

Health Journalism 2012
  04/19/12 - 04/22/12 Atlanta, GA
 

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Former President Jimmy Carter, and first lady Rosalynn Carter, as well as Otis Brawley, M.D., the American Cancer Society's chief medical and scientific officer, and David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, will be spotlight speakers at the annual conference of AHCJ.

David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., former surgeon general and CDC director, will join us on April 20 to discuss what the future looks like for primary care.

As a special feature this year, we will be joined by former Olympic runner Jeff Galloway. He will lead early-morning risers on an easy-paced run around downtown on April 19. After returning to the hotel, he will discuss covering health and fitness.

Join more than 500 other journalists as they take part in skill-building workshops, sit in on panel discussions and visit area research sites. The conference, produced by the association’s Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, features world-class speakers, important news briefings and helpful sessions all aimed at aiding reporters, editors and news producers in better covering the latest health issues.

Freelancers will have an opportunity to pitch story ideas to assignment editors. Winners of the latest Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism will be celebrated. An exhibit hall will feature foundations, universities, research institutions and other organizations with useful reporter resources. And all attendees will have numerous opportunities to network with their peers – at sessions, meals and receptions, all of which are  included in the registration fee.

 

Live webinar: Implementing health reform in the states
  03/27/12
 

This webinar will bring you up to date on what’s happening in the states with implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. By watching, you will be better able to answer questions on this topic for readers, viewers and listeners.

Boston chapter: The face of face transplantation
  03/21/12 Boston, MA
 

The Association of Health Care Journalists is forming a Boston-area chapter, and health journalists from the region are invited to the inaugural meeting, featuring Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, who has performed four  face transplants at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Webinar: FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino
  03/06/12 Webinar
 

This webinar, for the AHCJ Regional Health Journalism Program fellows, featured Richard Serino, deputy administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Health-Journalists-meet-the-Hospitals night
  03/05/12 Washington, D.C., DC
 

This AHCJ Washington, D.C., chapter event will feature conversations on health reform with representatives of some of the major national hospital advocacy organizations.

New York: Implementing health reform in the states
  03/01/12 New York, NY
 

This briefing will help you better answer questions for your readers, viewers and listeners about many of the key decisions implementing health reform that are left to the states.

Entrepreneurial skills needed for many journalists today
  02/22/12 Cleveland, OH
 

AHCJ Chapter EventAs many of us leave traditional media and still others never get a chance to get their feet in the door, it behooves us to consider a new type of skills training: entrepreneurship.

It's a skill that has long been practiced by those of us who work as freelance or independent journalists and communicators. So we invited a three members who have survived and thrived in this milieu – John Ettorre, Maria Shine Stewart and Eileen Beal – to come and share their tips, their stories of trial and triumph, and their encouragement to writers starting or struggling on this path

San Francisco: Implementing health reform in the states
  02/01/12 San Francisco, CA
 

AHCJ Chapter EventThis briefing will help you better answer questions for your readers, viewers and listeners about many of the key decisions implementing health reform that are left to the states.

Los Angeles: Implementing health reform in the states
  01/31/12 Los Angeles, CA
 

AHCJ Chapter EventThis briefing will help you better answer questions for your readers, viewers and listeners about many of the key decisions implementing health reform that are left to the states.

Philadelphia: Implementing health reform in the states
  12/14/11 Philadelphia, PA
 

AHCJ Chapter EventThis briefing will help you better answer questions for your readers, viewers and listeners about many of the key decisions implementing health reform that are left to the states. 

Washington, D.C., Holiday Happy Hours
  12/06/11 Washington, DC
 

AHCJ Local Chapter EventCome join your health journalist colleagues and some special guests for some drinks and food. We’ll toast the season, reminisce about a crazy year and look forward to what promises to be a momentous 2012.

AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowship
  12/04/11 - 12/08/11 Atlanta, GA
 

AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowships logoAHCJ has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – with the support of the CDC Foundation – for this national fellowship program for journalists. Ten fellows will be chosen to spend a week studying public health issues at two CDC campuses.

An Advance Look at Pediatric Cancer Research and Treatment Discoveries
  11/28/11 Philadelphia, PA
 

AHCJ Chapter EventThis AHCJ Philadelphia chapter event will be an update on advances in pediatric oncology research and treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The event will consist of laboratory tours followed by an informal discussion with featured researchers.

The event is free, includes light refreshments and is open to health care journalists from the Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C., chapters, as well as from other regions who are interested in attending.

Atlanta chapter: Implementing health reform in the states
  11/15/11 Atlanta, GA
 

AHCJ Chapter EventSponsored by AHCJ, Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The health care overhaul law passed by Congress in 2010 sets out national goals and requirements. But many of the key decisions implementing the law are left to the states. 

What’s happening in Georgia and other states to implement exchanges and other aspects of the health reform law? How are states coping with the law’s Medicaid expansion in a time of budget deficits? As they plan for reform, how are states addressing tough issues such as health care for undocumented immigrants and cutbacks in mental health services? How do states go about getting waivers from the reform law, and how many might take advantage of that option?  

This briefing will help you better answer these questions for your readers, viewers and listeners.

RSVP by noon Nov. 13 to Atlanta chapter chair Andy Miller, andymill111@yahoo.com

San Francisco chapter: Twitter and Storify for health journalists
  11/09/11 San Francisco, CA
 

AHCJ Chapter EventThis event will teach journalists how to use the social media platforms Twitter and Storify to improve health reporting skills and increase online visibility. You’ll get a thorough overview of Twitter and how to manage it on the third-party platform called Hootsuite. We’ll also look at Storify, a platform for creating stories using social media. Storify cofounder and CEO Burt Herman just received the 2011 SPJ-NorCal Board of Directors’ Distinguished Service award for producing Storify.

Business of Health Care Workshop
  10/27/11 - 10/28/11 San Francisco, CA
 

Business of Health Care workshopLearn how to cover this tremendous economic engine beyond the routine stories, with tools to find essential information your audiences need.

Washington, D.C., chapter: Meet HHS Inspector General’s Public Affairs team
  10/25/11 Washington, DC
 

AHCJ Chapter EventCome meet fellow D.C. area health writers, editors and broadcasters, learn about how you can find stories at HHS OIG about health providers, Medicare fraud and learn about some new online OIG resources and potential news stories coming up in the next few months.

Roberta Baskin and Don White from HHS OIG Public Affairs staff will be on hand.

The event will wrap up by 7:45 p.m. but all are invited after for food and drink at the nearby Laughing Man Tavern.

Access Denied: Science News and Government Transparency
  10/03/11 - 10/03/11 Washington, DC
 

An investigation in the current issue of Columbia Journalism Review finds that despite President Obama's early promise to create an open government, the nation's science reporters feel there has been little to no progress since Bush was in office. The National Press Club will host a panel of journalists and invited administration officials to critique what journalists and the government are (or aren't) doing to change that.

Get the highlights of this webcast.

AHCJ-National Library of Medicine Fellowships
  10/02/11 - 10/06/11 Bethesda, MD
 

AHCJ-NLM FellowshipsThe Association of Health Care Journalists has teamed up with the National Library of Medicine to present the AHCJ-NLM Fellowships. AHCJ will select four journalists to spend a week on the campus of the National Institutes of Health.

Philadelphia's AHCJ chapter to meet with top HHS public affairs officials
  09/16/11 Philadelphia, PA
 

Philadelphia-area AHCJ chapter members will meet with top HHS public affairs officials to discuss issues related to accessing information and experts working for federal agencies under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Richard Sorian, HHS assistant secretary for public affairs, and deputy assistant secretary Dori Salcido will explain the workings of the HHS public affairs office and discuss concerns about access to federal information.

Hiding in plain sight: California hospital data
  09/13/11
 

Does your local hospital place more cardiac stents than others? Do more of its patients leave the emergency room without being seen? Does it have a high level of C-section births? These questions and others are relatively easy to answer thanks to a data gold mine kept by the obscure California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. It doesn't matter if your hospital is public, nonprofit or for-profit, data on its patients and services are available online.

Charles Ornstein, senior reporter at ProPublica and president of AHCJ's board of directors, will guide you through using the data to answer those questions and more.

AHCJ's Washington, D.C., chapter to meet with HHS public affairs team
  09/13/11 Washington, DC
 

Meet some fellow D.C. area health writers, learn what's going on at AHCJ and meet some of the HHS media team you may only know through email and conference calls. Some of the newest members of the HHS team will be there including Erin Shields from HHS, Brian Cook from CMS and Nick Papas, White House health reform spokesman.

Health in the Headlines: A European conference on health journalism
  06/23/11 - 06/24/11 Coventry, U.K.
 

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A conference organized by Coventry University in cooperation with AHCJ. 

This conference aims to address some of the key issues in health journalism, as well as the state of training of health journalists, and pressures in modern newsrooms. A program committee is working to nail down sessions and panelists right now and has invited abstract proposals from journalists, educators and researchers. Watch this site for a schedule of events.

Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2011
  06/03/11 St. Louis, MO
 

Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2011Even if your newsroom is in a bustling city, there are untold rural health stories down the road. So join us in St. Louis for this special one-day, no-fee workshop to help you find and cover health stories in rural America. Just join AHCJ – or make sure your membership is up to date – to attend.

Presentation on Jewish health and health care issues and challenges
  06/02/11 Cleveland, OH
 

AHCJ Chapter EventDr. Mendel Singer, director of the Jewish Community Health Initiative at Case Western Reserve University, and Rabbi Akiva Feinstein, spiritual care adviser, will talk about various groups making up the northeast Ohio Jewish community; Jewish public health issues, health care use and perceptions; health research issues primarily affecting Jews; and the new health website that's been receiving a lot of national recognition, JewHealth.org.

Health Journalism 2011
  04/14/11 - 04/17/11 Philadelphia, PA
 

Health Journalism 2011AHCJ's annual conference goes to Philly!

The program will include dozens of panels, field trips, newsmaker briefings, Freelance Pitchfest, world-class speakers, 2010 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism luncheon and a number of other special events.

Speakers will include G. Michael Lemole Jr., M.D., the neurosurgeon who treated U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in Tucson; Brian Deer, the British reporter who exposed the weaknesses in a study that led parents all over the world to withhold vaccines from their children; Walt Bogdanich, an investigative editor at The New York Times; NIH director Francis S. Collins; Donald M. Berwick, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ... as well as many more outstanding journalists and experts.

San Francisco AHCJ Chapter: Boost your reporting skills with social media: What's now, what's next
  03/17/11 San Francisco, CA
 

Following up on a hugely popular social media event held several years ago, this event will teach journalists how to practically use social media platforms to improve health reporting skills. It will not only revisit the basics of Facebook, Twitter and blogging but also cover some new platforms and tools.

Washington, D.C., chapter: Meet with press officers from HHS, White House Office of Health Reform
  03/08/11 Washington, DC
 

In a rare off-the-record discussion between journalists and government press officers, the D.C. Chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists will host a meeting with press officers of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Health Reform.

Chicago chapter: The Affordable Care Act at the one-year mark
  02/24/11 Chicago, IL
 

The Chicago chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists invites you to a panel discussion of health care overhaul as the law nears its anniversary.

Kansas State of Health
  02/18/11 Topeka, KS
 
Kansas Capitol Building

Kansas health is making news. Health reform battles are moving to the state level. Tight tax dollars are straining local health programs. And the list goes on.

Journalists across Kansas have the chance to access government officials and health experts with a focus on health stories that impact the state's residents and media audiences. The news-breaking event will provide journalists with the tools needed to improve the depth and amount of coverage focused on critical state and local health issues. The seminar will provide journalists insight into state government's role in health policy. Attendees will leave the event with stories for their newsrooms right away, plus solid ideas for future health-related stories.

Missouri State of Health
  02/07/11 Jefferson City, MO
 

Missouri State of HealthJournalists across Missouri have the chance to access government officials and health experts with a focus on health stories that impact the state's residents and media audiences.

The news-breaking event will provide the tools needed to improve the depth and amount of coverage focused on critical state and local health issues.

The seminar will provide journalists from Missouri insight into state government's role in health policy. Attendees will leave the event with stories for their newsrooms right away, plus solid ideas for future health-related stories.

AHCJ Media Fellowships on Health Performance
  01/31/11 - 02/01/11 New York, NY
  AHCJ Media Fellowships on Health Performance

Seminar 2

This 10-month program allows mid-career journalists to pursue a significant reporting project examining health care systems. Guidance is provided through customized seminars on health performance, conference calls and e-mail consultations with AHCJ fellowship leaders.

Missouri Foundation for Health's 2010 Health Summit
  12/08/10 Chesterfield, MO
 

AHCJ board member Julie Appleby, a health reporter at Kaiser Health News, will be a panelist on "Breaking News: Media's Role in Health Care Reform" at this event. She will join Noam Levey, a health reporter in the Los Angeles Times' Washington D.C. bureau, and Jo Mannies, a reporter for the St. Louis Beacon and other speakers yet to be announced.

Atlanta chapter greets visiting journalists
  12/07/10 Atlanta, GA
 

The Atlanta chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists will gather to greet two visiting groups of journalists on Tuesday, Dec. 7th.

The social gathering will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby area outside the Club Room at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. That's the same site as our previous meeting. There's free parking in the garage underneath the hotel.

AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowship
  12/05/10 - 12/09/10 Atlanta, GA
 

Eleven AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellows will spend a week studying public health issues at two CDC campuses. They will attend attend sessions on epidemiology, global disease prevention efforts, pandemic flu preparedness, climate change, vaccine safety, obesity, autism and more. The visit includes a tour of the CDC director's National Emergency Operations Center, the chance to meet new sources on policy and research and information about how to tap the agency's resources to produce better stories.

New York Metro chapter event: Investigating health care
  11/09/10 New York, NY
 

Learn  techniques and tools for getting the inside story on pharmaceuticals, medical devices, hospitals, and for keeping up with regulatory and legal activity from award-winning, veteran investigative reporters Duff Wilson, of The New York Times, and Charles Ornstein, AHCJ's president and a senior reporter at ProPublica.

Meet the growing FDA media / public affairs staff
  11/04/10 Washington, DC
 

Join the Association of Health Care Journalists' Washington, D.C., chapter to mingle with top officials from the Food and Drug Administration's public affairs and press office. Learn more about finding story ideas and where to go for answers to questions and important details. All health care journalists/science writers welcome.

How Scientific Journals and Societies Use Embargoes to Manipulate the Flow of Scientific Information
  11/02/10 Madison, WI
 

Ivan Oransky, M.D., an AHCJ board member and executive editor of Reuters Health, will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison as biomedical writer in residence. He will meet with students, visit classes and give a public talk entitled "This Talk Is Not Embargoed: How Scientific Journals and Societies Use Embargoes to Manipulate the Flow of Scientific Information."

Learn how to use National Library of Medicine research tools
  10/09/10 Cleveland, OH
 

Interested in forming a Cleveland chapter?

Join us for a free workshop for journalists on researching medical stories.

You'll get expert instruction on using the National Library of Medicine's latest research tools. Join us as NLM senior staffer Rob Logan, former science reporter, editor and journalism professor, provides hands-on, interactive training.

The workshop also is a chance to gauge interest in a regional chapter of AHCJ, which could lead to more training, networking and socializing opportunities.

The Impact of economic stimulus money on medical research at UCSF
  09/21/10 San Francisco, CA
 

Hosted by AHCJ's SF Bay Area Chapter

Billions of dollars in stimulus money has been allocated to medical and scientific research, funding thousands of medical research projects and scientific infrastructure awarded to individual scientists, one grant at a time. At the University of California, San Francisco, laboratories are humming with researchers who are creating the next generation of genetically inspired drugs and personalized therapies.

The situation offers excellent health care reporting opportunities that combine economics, politics, and medical science. If you have never covered UCSF, this is your opportunity to learn how. 

Medical errors and the new movement toward transparency
  09/20/10 Chicago, IL
 

Hosted by AHCJ's Chicago Chapter

Chicago health journalists will gather for networking and then hear from Dr. David Mayer, co-producer of the award-winning film, "The Faces of Medical Error ... From Tears to Transparency: The Story of Lewis Blackman," and a leader on transparency in health care.

AHCJ Media Fellowships on Health Performance
  09/20/10 - 09/22/10 New York, NY
  AHCJ Media Fellowships on Health Performance

Seminar 1

This 10-month program allows mid-career journalists to pursue a significant reporting project examining health care systems. Guidance is provided through customized seminars on health performance, conference calls and e-mail consultations with AHCJ fellowship leaders.

AHCJ-NLM Health Journalism Fellowships
  09/12/10 - 09/16/10
 

AHCJ-NLM Fellowship logoThe Association of Health Care Journalists has teamed up with the National Library of Medicine to present the second AHCJ-NLM Fellowships. AHCJ will select four journalists to spend a week on the campus of the National Institutes of Health.

Atlanta chapter: Beat the Heat gathering
  08/23/10 Atlanta, GA
 

AHCJ's Atlanta chapter will gather to celebrate the beginning of the end of a torrid summer (global warming, anyone?). This social meeting will coincide with the CDC Influenza Workshop for journalists. We're inviting the journalists attending the workshop to join us.

2010 Influenza Workshop for Journalists
  08/23/10 - 08/24/10 Atlanta, GA
 

AHCJ has sponsored 14 journalists to take part in a two-day workshop at the CDC about covering influenza. The workshop includes a series of on-the-record sessions with CDC experts to prepare front-line journalists for the upcoming flu season. Public health experts are providing a primer on the flu, examine how it is being tracked, expectations for vaccines and antivirals, and what communities can do to deal with the fallout.

The Cutting-Edge of Doctor/Patient Care: Telemedicine, Teleradiology and Telehealth Defined
  07/12/10 Oakland, CA
 

AHCJ Chapter EventThe notion of the "doctor is in" is undergoing rapid changes, thanks to technology that can skip the doctors' office entirely for some appointments. As health journalists, we can answer questions such as: What are the benefits of "telemedicine" for doctors and patients? What are the downsides? How does telemedicine work and how widespread is it likely to become in the months and years ahead? Will it curb runaway health care costs? We'll explore these questions and more.

Applications due: AHCJ Media Fellowships on Health Performance
  07/09/10
 

Logo: AHCJ Media Fellowships on Health PerformanceAHCJ has announced a fellowship program to help journalists understand and report on the performance of local health care systems and the U.S. health system as a whole. The AHCJ Media Fellowships on Health Performance, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, provides for training as well as field reporting assistance.

The program for mid-career journalists is intended to give print, broadcast and online reporters an opportunity to learn about examples of high-performing health care systems, to focus on innovations in care delivery, and to explore a system or its significant parts to determine what makes that system effective or ineffective. Fellows will be able to examine providers of care, insurers, regulators and policymakers. 

AHCJ members: Opportunity to learn about just-released outpatient outcome data
  07/07/10 Conference call
 

Join us for a conference call announcing data that will allow you to track the outpatient outcomes at your hospitals.In a conference call with AHCJ members, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced new data that will allow you to track the outpatient outcomes at your hospitals. The data release comes is the latest addition to the agency's Hospital Compare database.

Audio

Audio of this conference call is now available.

 

AHCJ's San Francisco Bay Area Chapter: Resources for Health Reporters Post-Health Care Reform
  06/16/10 Oakland, CA
 

Join AHCJ's San Francisco Bay Area chapter for an insider's look at one of the best resources for health information in the Bay Area: the California HealthCare Foundation. Now that we have a national health care reform bill, what does that mean for California? Join us for perspectives from a leading authority on health care in the state. We'll learn about resources for reporters and specifics about how the new reform bill will affect various sectors of health care in California in the months and years ahead.

DC Chapter: Everything you wanted to know about covering CMS but were afraid to ask
  06/15/10 Washington, DC
 

Come to the Association of Health Care Journalists' D.C. chapter meeting with the press office staff from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and White House Office on Health Reform.  CMS and White House officials will discuss how reporters can get information on Medicare and Medicaid and changes coming to the programs under the new health law.

What’s next? Reporting on health reform between now and 2014
  06/10/10 Washington, DC
 

 A briefing with some top Washington-based journalists sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

After an intense year of covering health reform, the subject now seems more complicated than ever. Implementation timelines go on for page after page. Many questions seem to have no answers, at least not yet.  Seems like a good time to take a breath and plot out how to cover health reform for the rest of this year, and the time leading up to 2014.

Rural Health Journalism Workshop
  06/04/10 Kansas City, MO
 
Rural  Health Journalism Workshop 2010

AHCJ's Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism will present this complimentary workshop, which will focus on special health concerns of America's rural populations and how reporters can better cover them. This is a special no-fee workshop to help you find and cover health stories in rural America.

 

Health Journalism 2010
  04/22/10 - 04/25/10 Chicago, IL
 

Join us in the Windy City for a world-class program of panels, workshops, field trips and classes certain to deepen your knowledge of today's hot-button health issues.Health Journalism 2010

Highlights

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Johns Hopkins University Quality and Safety Research Group, will be this year's keynote speaker.

Newsmaker briefings with
Thomas Frieden, director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kathleen Sebelius, secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jeffrey Shuren, director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration

Freelance PitchFest: Writers meet with editors and pitch story ideas

A series of sessions to help you understand health reform and explain it to your audience:
• Does comparative effectiveness research work?
• Outlook for the nation's hospitals
• Is there a looming doctor shortage?
• What's ahead for state and local governments
• The reporting challenge going forward

How-to sessions:
• Finding untold health story ideas in data and maps
• Using Cochrane Library resources
• Building a blog/Web site
• Complete reporter's guide to vaccines
• Getting the most out of PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov
• Deciphering hospital quality data

You'll walk away with immediate and longer-term story ideas, meet  sources, strengthen your reporting skills, attend breaking newsmaker events and network with other journalists working hard to stay on top of their beats.

We remain one of the best training deals in journalism, with registration as low as $150 for journalists and $99 for students.

Missouri State of Health
  01/29/10 Jefferson City, MO
 

A day devoted to journalists across Missouri will give reporters access to state officials and health experts with a focus on improving health reporting. The news-breaking event will provide journalists with the tools needed to improve the depth and amount of coverage focused on critical state and local health issues. The seminars will provide journalists from Missouri insight into state government's role in health policy. The journalists will leave the event with stories for their newsrooms right away, plus solid ideas for future health-related stories. Attendees will hear the latest on a variety of topics, especially important during a time when health – from reform to H1N1 – makes news every day.

AHCJ's Philly chapter to meet at Drexel University College of Medicine
  01/25/10 Philadelphia, PA
 

The Philadelphia chapter of Association of Health Care Journalists will hold an open meeting on Jan. 25 at the Drexel University College of Medicine. This is an opportunity for journalists to meet some major figures at Drexel and delve into the worlds of surgery, drug development, electronic medical records and the new health bill that Congress is poised to pass. The session is designed to focus on Drexel faculty who will be making news in the next year.

Kansas State of Health
  01/15/10 Topeka, KS
 

A day devoted to journalists across Kansas will give access to state officials and health experts with a focus on improving health reporting. The news-breaking event will provide journalists with the tools needed to improve the depth and amount of coverage focused on critical state and local health issues. The seminars will provide journalists from Kansas insight into state government's role in health policy. The journalists will leave the event with stories for their newsrooms right away, plus solid ideas for future health-related stories. Attendees will hear the latest on a variety of topics, especially important during a time when health – from reform to H1N1 – makes news every day.

Washington, D.C., chapter gathering
  01/07/10 Washington, DC
 

Come join your fellow health journalists for some post-holiday cheer!

We'll be meeting at the Laughing Man Tavern. This event is open to AHCJ and non-AHCJ members, so bring your colleagues too! No agenda. Just a chance to meet new colleagues or old friends.

AHCJ's Atlanta chapter meeting
  12/16/09 Atlanta, GA
 

The Atlanta chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists is having a social gathering next week to welcome 10 fellow health journalists from across the country who are in town for a fellowship program at the CDC. Our visitors include newspaper, magazine and freelance journalists.

AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowships
  12/14/09 - 12/18/09 Atlanta, GA
 

AHCJ-CDC FellowshipsThe Association of Health Care Journalists has teamed up with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this national fellowship program for journalists. Ten fellows are chosen to spend a week studying a variety of public health issues at two CDC campuses. The fellowships include membership, travel, lodging and meals.

Talking Health: What's ahead for Medicare
  12/07/09
 

Talking Health: MedicareWhat do current Medicare beneficiaries think of the program? What do they like and don't like? How would they change their coverage if they could? Experts will explore the high out-of-pocket costs some beneficiaries still must still pay and whether they have too many choices for supplemental and drug coverage. What are the prospects for preventive care services that many beneficiaries say they want? Experts will also look at the long-term prospects for Medicare.

Our panel of experts and journalists will discuss these issues and more with an eye toward what journalists need to know to best inform their readers and viewers.

Send questions in advance to talkinghealth@healthjournalism.org.

Childhood Obesity: Strategies and Solutions from Bay Area Experts
  11/12/09 San Francisco, CA
 

Stories about food, nutrition, and the health impacts of eating are all over the media lately. The topic is especially significant for kids, who continue to tip the scales more than their peers even a decade ago and risk heading into adulthood with medical conditions that used to be for adults only. What can be done? Bay Area experts are doing some good work to solve this problem; our speakers are among this group, and share some insights and recent work that will inspire story ideas that will resonate with your readers and listeners. Mandatory RSVPs by 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Aging in the 21st Century
  10/16/09 - 10/17/09 Miami, FL
 

Aging in the 21st CenturyOver the next 20 years, the 65-plus population is projected to grow four to six times as fast as the population as a whole. Learn what the hot-button issues in our aging society will be and what you need to be reporting on now.

What's ahead in research on chronic conditions, Alzheimer's and genetics? What's evolving in technology? What will be expected of caregivers? What kind of medical coverage will these seniors need? How do changing ethnic populations impact aging issues?

Come explore these issues and more so you can start telling these stories now.

 

Reporting health stories from any beat
  10/16/09 Los Angeles, CA
 

This panel, presented at the California Chicano News Media Association's Journalism Opportunities Conference, will help reporters who don't normally cover health learn how to cover the health angles on their beats.

FOI and Public Records Workshop: Smart Tips for Journalists
  10/15/09 San Francisco, CA
 

A San Francisco Chapter event

In these times of shrinking budgets and staff, reporters are more challenged than ever to get the information – especially public information – they need for thorough stories. What changes – if any – have occurred under the Obama Administration that make it easier to have requests for documents honored in a timely manner?  Speakers at this San Francisco Bay Area chapter event will provide background, examples, and smart strategies on these topics:  

  • How FOI has changed (if it has) from the Bush to Obama administrations, examples of recent lawsuits, and how to navigate FOI hurdles.
  • How the California Public Records Act has changed in the last year, examples of what precipitated legal action, how to make requests, and what to if you get no response or have difficulty getting records.
  • What a reporter can do to translate hundreds of thousands of records into a digestible and comprehensive database.
Tuberculosis: AIDS of the 21st Century?
  09/30/09 New York, NY
 

A New York City Metro Chapter event

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most devastating epidemics of our time. But it receives relatively little attention from the media in relation to the 1.8 million deaths (and 9.3 million cases) it causes annually. Even worse, is the growing epidemic of multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB), which is greatly undermining gains in controlling TB particularly among those with HIV/AIDS. Recent data show that 25 percent of people dying of TB are HIV . An expert panel of scientists and journalists will make the case that health journalists must be prepared to cover MDR-TB and to persuade editorial leadership of its urgency.

Discuss health care reform forum
  09/24/09 Atlanta, GA
 

An Atlanta Chapter event

The Atlanta chapter of AHCJ is piggybacking off a just-announced town hall forum on health care reform. If you can't make the start of the town hall, drop by later on. And plan to meet up afterward in the hotel bar in the lobby, the Parasol, to chat about health care and other issues.The town hall event is free and open to the public. 

D.C. chapter gathering and roundtable on health reform coverage
  09/16/09 Washington, DC
 

Join the Washington, D.C.-metro area chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists for a roundtable on the challenges and opportunities of covering health care reform.

AHCJ-NLM Health Journalism Fellowships
  09/13/09 - 09/17/09 Bethesda, MD
 

AHCJ-NLM Health Journalism Fellowships

The Association of Health Care Journalists has teamed up with the National Library of Medicine to present the first AHCJ-NLM Fellowships. AHCJ will select four journalists to spend a week on the campus of the National Institutes of Health.

Health reform coverage: The key issues
  09/09/09
 

Talking HealthA webinar for journalists

There's little question that health reform has dominated the news this summer, but is the coverage tackling the right issues? Join us for a "Talking Health" webinar, presented by AHCJ, The Commonwealth Fund, and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, to find out what top journalists think of the coverage of this complicated policy debate.

Spirituality & Health
  09/09/09 - 09/10/09 Minneapolis, MN
 

A Workshop for Journalists on Understanding the Relationship Between Faith, Culture and Health

In advance of its annual conference, the Religion Newswriters Association is cooperating with AHCJ to put on a workshop focused on the intersection of health and faith.

Backgrounding Local Health Professionals
  08/28/09 Indianapolis, IN
 

At the SPJ Convention

While it's getting easier to check the quality of health care institutions, investigating the quality of health professionals still requires a lot of legwork. This session will focus on the use of public records, court documents and interviews to background the people to whom we trust with our care. Several investigative reporters who have done it well will be highlighted.

CDC flu briefing
  08/24/09 - 08/25/09 Atlanta, GA
 

AHCJ sponsored 12 journalists to take part in a two-day workshop at the CDC about covering seasonal influenza and the A-H1N1 flu virus, now grabbing the headlines. The workshop includes a series of on-the-record sessions with CDC experts to prepare front-line journalists for the upcoming flu season.

Philadelphia Chapter: Media briefing about anticipating tomorrow's cancer treatments
  07/27/09 Philadelphia, PA
 

This three-hour event is open to all AHCJ members. It's planned as a fast-moving summary of the Fox Chase Cancer Center's highlights. Most presenters will speak for 15 minutes. The subjects will range from trends in personalized medicine and women's cancer to advances in radiation oncology and robotic surgery. Fox Chase maintains these researchers are all likely to make news in the next 12 months.

Atlanta Chapter: CDC flu expert
  07/22/09 Atlanta, GA
 

A leading CDC expert on influenza, Dr. Nancy Cox, will address the Atlanta chapter. It promises to be an illuminating look at swine flu and its effects on global health. So come out, shake off the midsummer blahs and enjoy a great evening of infectious talk with your fellow health journalists.

Application deadline for AHCJ-NLM Health Journalism Fellowships
  06/08/09
  AHCJ-NLM Health Journalism Fellowships

The Association of Health Care Journalists has teamed up with the National Library of Medicine to present the first AHCJ-NLM Fellowships. AHCJ will select four journalists to spend a week on the campus of the National Institutes of Health.

Midwest Health Journalism Fellows: Rural Health Focus Day and Graduation
  06/05/09 Kansas City, MO
 

The 2008-09 Midwest Health Journalism Program Fellows will attend a seminar on covering rural health issues and will officially graduate from the program.

N.Y. Chapter: Overcoming the hurdles: How to write accurate medical stories on deadline
  05/18/09 New York, NY
 

AHCJ member Gary Schwitzer will address the challenges of writing accurate, balanced and complete stories on deadline despite biased sources and commercial pressures in the medical industry. Schwitzer will use real stories as examples to show how it doesn't take an extra thousand words of type or 10 minutes of air to write a solid medical story.

Talking Health: Insurance
  05/01/09
 

Health reform is picking up steam in Congress. A major flash point in the coming debate is whether employers and individuals should be able to obtain health insurance through a public plan that is similar to Medicare, as well as private insurance from commercial carriers.

Our next Talking Health program will feature two experts: Cathy Schoen, senior vice president for research and evaluation at The Commonwealth Fund, and Bruce M. Bullen, chief operating officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. They will be on hand to offer their judgments on what we can expect. Our two journalist experts, Noam Levey, a reporter at the Los Angeles Times; and Ceci Connolly, a staff writer at The Washington Post; will provide their insights and suggestions for covering what will be a major story in the coming months.

The speakers will answer questions submitted before and during the webcast.

Health Journalism 2009
  04/16/09 - 04/19/09 Seattle, WA
 

Health Journalism 2009 in Seattle!Join us in Seattle for AHCJ's annual conference, featuring dozens of experts and top journalists.

Reforming our health care system, which many believe is necessary for the United States to see economic recovery, is at the top of many people's minds these days. A number of panels, with expert speakers, at Health Journalism 2009 have been designed to help journalists cover health reform and all of the issues involved in a way that their readers and viewers will understand and appreciate.

More reasons not to miss this conference: Freelance PitchFest , networking with colleagues, receptions and much more. Panels and speakers will cover policy, business, research and clinical topics, with an aim of giving attendees practical ideas and information.

The Future of Health Care Journalism
  03/11/09 Washington, DC
 

A new report examining the state of health care journalism and a survey of members of the Association of Health Care Journalists will be released. An expert panel will discuss the findings and the general topic.

Hot Topics in Public Health
  03/10/09
 

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at research and findings coming out of UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. You'll hear about leads, contacts, and valuable background for your stories in the areas of health research, new treatments for diseases, solutions to health business and policy challenges, and much more.

Midwest Health Journalism Fellows: Jefferson City health policy day
  03/02/09
 

The fellows in the Midwest Health Journalism Program who are in Missouri will travel to Jefferson City for a series of briefings and meetings with state health policy experts.

Tech Tools for Health Reporters
  02/24/09 San Francisco, CA
 

New Date & Location!

Whether you're a staff reporter or freelancer, you've undoubtedly heard that to survive in the media in the future, you'll need to blog, podcast, and Twitter. A few writers have become conversant in online technologies and are using them to the benefit of their careers. Many of the rest of us, though, may have experimented with a blog or used Facebook to find sources for a story, but are still waiting to see how the digital revolution is really going to help our work lives. We'll explore this question with a panel of folks who are using online technology or helping others to do so.

Midwest Health Journalism Fellows: Topeka health policy day
  02/22/09 - 02/23/09 Topeka, KS
 

Those Midwest Health Journalism Program Fellows who are in Kansas will go to Topeka for briefings and meetings with state health policy experts.

AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowship Program
  02/08/09 - 02/13/09 Atlanta, GA
 

AHCJ-CDC FellowshipsThe 11 journalists in the the first class of AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellows will spend a week studying public health issues at two Atlanta campuses of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The fellowship program, supported by the CDC Foundation, will include presentations, roundtable discussions and lab tours on epidemiology, global disease prevention efforts, obesity, vaccine safety, pandemic flu preparedness, autism and many other topics.

Philadelphia Chapter: Learn about OncoLink
  01/06/09 Philadelphia, PA
 

Philadelphia-area members of the Association of Health Care Journalists can learn about an international cancer information resource based in our own backyard: OncoLink, the oldest and largest cancer information resource on the Internet founded in 1994 by University of Pennsylvania cancer specialists.

Visit to CDC for 2008-09 Midwest Health Journalism Program fellows
  12/03/08 - 12/06/08
 

The 2008-09 Midwest Health Journalism Program fellows will visit the CDC to learn more about how that agency works, what resources it has available and how to best use those resources. The fellows also visit the Carter Center. This competitive fellowship program picks 10 journalists from Kansas and Missouri each year for special training sessions, mentoring and access to AHCJ conferences, workshops and resources.

Talking Health: Political Promises
  11/21/08
 

Talking Health

Obama presidency: Does his health plan stand a chance?

What lies ahead for health reform? The candidates made lots of promises during the campaign and now the time has come to deliver on them. Will the new president really be able to bring insurance coverage to more Americans given the country's other financial problems and the growing deficit? Will we again fall back on an incremental approach?

Our next Talking Health program will feature two experts who have been following the politics of health reform for a long time and two journalists who will give suggestions for covering the story for the next year nationally and locally. They will be taking questions from the audience, so submit questions today!

AHCJ Philadelphia chapter meeting: Workshop on health care reporting
  11/17/08 Philadelphia, PA
 

Philadelphia's AHCJ chapter will host a free workshop on health care reporting featuring guest lecturers Gary Schwitzer, associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and publisher of HealthNewsReview.org, and Kathleen Fairfield, MD, DrPH, a medical editor with HealthNewsReview.org and clinician-scientist at Maine Medical Center. They will share their data on how news organizations have performed on 10 criteria for accurate, balanced and complete coverage; reflect on trends observed in the coverage of health care news; and provide tips about evaluating claims made about new health care treatments, tests, products and procedures. 

AHCJ Chicago Chapter: Breaking Taboos, Breaking News in HIV/AIDS
  11/12/08 Chicago, IL
 

Jim Pickett of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Johnathan Briggs, foundation spokesman and former Tribune reporter; and Rev. Doris Green will discuss AIDS/HIV and the need for more prevention efforts.

Missouri Health Policy Summit
  10/31/08 Columbia, MO
 

AHCJ is a sponsor of the 6th Annual Missouri Health Policy Summit, hosted by the Center for Health Policy at the University of Missouri.

Atlanta chapter meeting: Emory Associate Dean Dr. Arthur Kellermann
  10/22/08 Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Arthur Kellermann, the associate dean for health policy at Emory University's School of Medicine, will be the featured speaker at this meeting of AHCJ's recently formed Atlanta chapter. Kellermann is one of the nation's leading experts on emergency medicine, ambulatory health policy and injury prevention.

Urban Health Journalism Workshop
  10/17/08 - 10/18/08 New York, NY
 

Urban Health Journalism WorkshopSessions will explore the health issues of children, seniors and immigrants in urban settings, as well as topics such as obesity, mental health, disaster preparedness and the mapping of local health data. Come get the tools to better investigate, understand and relate the health of your city.

Health care reporting workshop
  10/14/08 San Francisco, CA
 

This hands-on workshop will hone your skills and help you overcome the hurdles of reporting and writing quality health care stories despite biased sources and commercial pressures in the health/medical industry. We'll look at recent examples in our local media and learn tips and strategies.

London health journalists meet
  09/16/08 London
 

Mary Chris Jaklevic, secretary of AHCJ's board of directors, hosted an informal gathering of health journalists.

Delivering Vital Health Information to the Public
  09/11/08 Columbia, MO
 

Disseminating the information that comes from medical practitioners and the media is becoming more difficult. In this session health reporters and public health information officers will lead a discussion about the complicated roles of journalists and sources in this new environment and what the future may hold.

Health reporting boot camp for 2008-09 Midwest Health Journalism Program fellows
  08/17/08 - 08/20/08 Columbia, MO
 

This intensive boot camp for the 2008-09 Midwest Health Journalism Program brings the fellows together with top health care journalists for in-depth sessions on how to report on specific health care issues. This competitive fellowship program picks 10 journalists from Kansas and Missouri each year for special training sessions, mentoring and access to AHCJ conferences, workshops and resources.

Atlanta chapter formation meeting
  08/13/08 Atlanta, GA
 

Atlanta-area health journalists will gather to lay the groundwork for a local chapter.

Kick-off workshop for 2008-09 Midwest Health Journalism Program fellows
  07/26/08 Kansas City, MO
 

This kick-off workshop brings the class of fellows together with experts to learn more about politics and policy, stakeholders in the health care debate and ideas for generating stories. This competitive fellowship program picks 10 journalists from Kansas and Missouri each year for special training sessions, mentoring and access to AHCJ conferences, workshops and resources. 

Talking Health: Covering the Underinsured
  07/09/08
 

Talking HealthAHCJ, The Commonwealth Fund, and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism will present Talking Health, a webcast for members that will explore the growing problem of the underinsured – those who have insurance but are still at risk for substantial out-of-pocket expenses.

Overcoming the hurdles: How to write accurate medical stories on deadline
  05/28/08 Chicago, IL
 

AHCJ's Chicago chapter presents this session in which attendees will learn how to address the challenges of writing accurate, balanced and complete stories on deadline despite biased sources and commercial pressures in the medical industry. The speakers will use real stories as examples to show how it doesn't take an extra thousand words of type or 10 minutes of air to write a solid medical story.

Hitting home: Reporting on the health fallout from the Iraq war
  05/21/08 San Francisco, CA
 

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of AHCJ will hold this panel discussion, exploring a timely topic that deserves more local coverage. Thousands of veterans are coming home with serious injuries, especially post-traumatic stress disorder, brain trauma, and physical disabilities. Are local medical and mental health resources adequate to handle their needs?

Rural Health Journalism Workshop
  05/02/08 - 05/04/08 Columbia, MO
 

Rural Health Journalism WorkshopAHCJ's Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism will present the workshop, which will focus on special health concerns of America's rural populations and how reporters can better cover them.

Covering Global Health
  05/02/08 - 05/03/08 Seattle, WA
 

This conference is designed to help journalists navigate the complex scientific, medical and political issues involved with global health, to assess what's working and what's not, and make these stories meaningful to local audiences.

Health Journalism 2008
  03/27/08 - 03/30/08 Washington, DC
 

Health Journalism 2008Nearly 600 people attended Health Journalism 2008 for dozens of panels on medical research, public health, the business of health care and consumer health. They also hear actor Dennis Quaid's very personal perspective on medical errors, Elizabeth Edwards' take on John McCain's health care plan, top experts debate the future of health care in this country and much more. News briefings by HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and officials from the American Public Health Association and its partners let attendees write stories for their news outlets during the conference.

Chicago Chapter: New pharmacological treatments for addiction
  03/10/08 Chicago, IL
 

This Chicago chapter event featured two doctors who specialize in treating addictions.

Bay Area experts on aging: New research and resources for health journalists
  01/29/08 San Francisco, CA
 

This panel will tap into cutting-edge news, research, and innovations developing in the Bay Area. If you write about any health aspect of the boomer generation, you won't want to miss this event. Panelists include Laura L. Carstensen, professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, and Bay Area journalist Paul Kleyman, editor of the American Society on Aging's publication Aging Today and the national coordinator of the Journalists Exchange on Aging.

Surviving the NICE storm
  01/10/08 London
 

Andrew Dillon, chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, will meet with British and American reporters to discuss his agency's role in advising the UK's National Health Service on the cost-effectiveness of medical treatments, and some of the subsequent rumbles across the Atlantic.

San Francisco Bay Area chapter holiday party
  12/20/07 San Francisco, CA
 

Enjoy complimentary light refreshments and a casual, meet-and-mingle gathering. The holiday party will be hosted this year by KQED Public Radio's The California Report, producers of "Heath Dialogues."

 

Midwest Health Journalism Fellows visit the CDC
  12/06/07 - 12/07/07 Atlanta, GA
 

Midwest Health Journalism ProgramThe 2007-08 fellows will pay a visit to the Centers for Disease Control. They will take part in two days of educational sessions, briefings and tours with CDC personnel.

Florida health reporters gathering
  11/13/07 Winter Park, FL
 

For the first time, Florida health reporters will gather to share tips, ideas and meet some of the state's top health regulators. The gathering also will serve as an exploratory meeting to discuss the possible formation of an AHCJ Florida Chapter. All Florida health reporters are invited. You do not have to be an AHCJ member to attend.

AHCJ Chicago chapter meeting
  11/12/07 Chicago, IL
 

The Chicago chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists held an after-work gathering where AHCJ board member Mary Chris Jaklevic, who edited the new AHCJ guide "Covering Obesity: A Guide for Reporters," discussed the book and AHCJ board member Carla K. Johnson gave an update and answered questions about AHCJ nationally and in Chicago.

Conflict of interest in health care: How to spot it, what to do about it
  11/05/07 New York, NY
 

The New York chapter heard from five speakers about conflicts of interest in health care. The event, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, examined how to recognize potential conflicts, including marketing vs. education, the pharmaceutical industry's gift giving to doctors and how it might affect prescribing habits and similar issues.

Urban Health Journalism Workshop
  10/12/07 - 10/13/07 New York, NY
 

Urban Health Journalism Workshop 2007AHCJ - and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism - held its first Urban Health Journalism Workshop. Sessions explored the health issues of children, seniors and immigrants in urban settings, as well as obesity, mental health, disaster preparedness and the mapping of local health data.

Presentations from Urban Health Journalism Workshop 2007
  10/12/07 - 10/13/07 New York, NY
 

Multimedia presentationsGet MP3 and Flash presentations from the 2007 Urban Health Journalism Workshop. Topics include the health issues of children, seniors and immigrants in urban settings, as well as obesity, mental health, disaster preparedness and the mapping of local health data.

Multicultural health in the Bay Area: The untold story
  09/11/07 San Francisco, CA
 

Bay AreaThree dozen journalists gathered at the San Francisco Chronicle for a workshop on multicultural health issues in the Bay Area.

Covering disparities in health and health care is not the same as reporting the latest drug trial or diet advice. Culture, history, money and biology intertwine to influence health and health care. This workshop builds on AHCJ's recently published multicultural health resource guide, which was supported by The California Endowment, to help you sharpen your skills, learn practical tips, and avoid lurking traps in this important, yet underreported area. Experienced journalists share their hard-earned lessons. Health experts flag common errors and misconceptions, while also providing an overview of what researchers really know.

Multimedia presentations from 'Multicultural health in the Bay Area: The untold story'
  09/11/07 San Francisco, CA
 

AudioMultimedia presentations are now available from this workshop, the third of its kind presented in California by AHCJ over the past year, was sponsored by The California Endowment. Logistical support also came from The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

San Francisco chapter meeting: Universal health care
  09/05/07 Menlo Park, CA
 

Bay Area members gathered to hear from three panelists about "Universal health coverage in California and the U.S.: Will it happen, when, and what will it look like?"

Audio from 'San Francisco chapter meeting: Universal health care'
  09/05/07 Menlo Park, CA
  Audio

Audio is now available from the AHCJ San Francisco Bay Area Chapter meeting on Sept. 5 at the Kaiser Family Foundation about "Universal health coverage in California and the U.S.: Will it happen, when, and what will it look like?"

Midwest Health Journalism Program
  08/12/07 - 08/15/07 Columbia, MO
 

Midwest Health Journalism ProgramTraining event for the 2007-08 Midwest Health Journalism Program fellows.

Midwest Health Journalism Program
  07/28/07 Kansas City, MO
 

Midwest Health Journalism ProgramKickoff training event for the 2007-08 Midwest Health Journalism Program fellows.

Drug safety regulation and the Prescription Drug User Fee Act
  07/18/07 Washington, DC
 

Washington, D.C., members gathered for a brown-bag lunch and panel discussion on drug safety regulation and the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), which is currently in conference committee in Congress.

Chicago chapter meeting: What's next in health care reform, nationally and in Illinois?
  07/12/07 Chicago, IL
 

The Chicago chapter will meet at 6 p.m. at Columbia College to hear about the future of health care reform from two speakers.

San Francisco chapter - Conflict of interest in health care: How to spot it, what to do about it
  05/08/07 San Francisco, CA
  Join the Bay Area chapter of the Association of Health Journalists for a lively discussion. Find out how to unearth potential conflicts of interest when reporting on drug treatments -- and what to do once you've uncovered them. Please RSVP by May 4.
Kickoff meeting of the Chicago chapter
  04/23/07 Chicago, IL
  Speaker: Daniel Levinson, inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gnat Lines News Briefing: Real Health and Medical News for Working Reporters
  04/12/07 - 04/13/07 Lake Blackshear Resort, Cordele, GA
  AHCJ is a sponsor of this event. Board members Charles Ornstein and Karl Stark will be among the panelists.Topics include stroke, prison health and researching local hospitals.
Covering Hospitals
  04/05/07
 

This innovative simulation will hone your critical-thinking skills and give you the beat-specific knowledge needed to cover the hospitals in your community. You will be a rookie health beat reporter, investigating local hospitals on deadline, working with your editor to find the focus of your story and craft the lead. You'll tap into the same tools that you'll use on the job, and you'll have a virtual "mentor" to walk you through the maze of reports, statistics and sources. As the simulation progresses, you'll uncover additional sources, and the story you thought was unfolding might take unexpected turns.

Health Journalism 2007
  03/15/07 - 03/18/07 Los Angeles, CA
  Health Journalism 2008More than 400 journalists attended Health Journalism 2007, gathering story ideas and resources. The conference featured a news briefing by Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; a Hollywood and Health panel of writers, producers and actors from hit television dramas; and a keynote conversation with Steve Case, founder of AOL and Revolution Health.
Webcast: The Future of the State Children's Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP)
  03/06/07
 

AHCJ and the Kaiser Family Foundation hosted this interactive roundtable webcast on March 6, 2007. Trudy Lieberman, president of AHCJ's board of directors, moderates a panel of experts discussing what journalists need to know about covering SCHIP.

The Future of the State Children's Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP)
  03/06/07
 

With the State Children's Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP) up for reauthorization, this roundtable - a partnership between the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Kaiser Family Foundation - focuses on what journalists need to know about covering SCHIP in their states. Health reform proposals announced by would-be presidential candidates call for expanding coverage through SCHIP.

NY chapter event - Medical Devices: Uncharted Territory
  02/26/07 New York, NY
  Costly drugs and Big Pharma garner the majority of media coverage, yet medical devices and diagnostics are a massive, fast-growing market. Find out about trends, sources, and the latest advances in this important yet still under-reported sector.
Medical Devices: Uncharted Territory
  02/26/07 New York, NY
 
Health Policy Communications Interest Group Meeting
  02/13/07 - 02/13/07 Capital Hilton, Washington, DC
  AHCJ President Trudy Lieberman - with Julie Appleby, USA Today, and Mary Agnes Carey, CQ Healthbeat - joined a panel of health care journalists shareing insights on what journalists need to effectively report on health care policy.
Health Policy Communications Interest Group Meeting
  02/13/07 Washington, DC
  AHCJ President Trudy Lieberman - with Julie Appleby, USA Today, and Mary Agnes Carey, CQ Healthbeat - joined a panel of health care journalists sharing insights on what journalists need to effectively report on health care policy.
SF chapter - After-work gathering
  01/25/07 San Francisco, CA
  End your work day with a friendly gathering of coworkers and friends. No guest speakers or panels, just mingling with colleagues about hot topics in health journalism.
The Next Big (Health) Crisis � And How to Cover It
  11/30/06 - 12/02/06 Cambridge, MA
  Renowned scientists, public health officials and journalists will examine the threat of an influenza pandemic – and how to cover it – while sharing lessons learned.
The Future of Medicare
  11/17/06 Washington, DC
  Washington, D.C., chapter event
2006 Regional Conference
  10/27/06 - 10/28/06 Cleveland, OH
  Panel sessions, workshops and field trips planned especially for health care journalists
NY chapter - The newest media for journalists
  09/26/06
  Learn how to add the latest in podcasting, digital images, audio, and more to your stories.
SF chapter: South Bay gathering
  07/12/06 Palo Alto, CA
  For friends and colleagues in the South Bay, the San Francisco chapter met at Nola's Restaurant and Bar in Palo Alto.
NY chapter - Narrative medical nonfiction for journalists & authors
  06/27/06 New York, NY
  An inside look at "the new journalism."
Webcast: Crisis in America�s Emergency Rooms
  06/13/06
 

Hospital emergency rooms are under siege. Some inner city hospitals are losing on-call specialists to treat severely injured patients or must pay high prices to keep them. In some parts of the country, ambulance diversions are continuing. So are wallet biopsies which telegraph to hospitals who can pay and who cannot. Changes to Medicaid mandated by the Deficit Reduction Act could affect the care those on Medicaid will receive. Technology and emergency room care will become more expensive, raising the question: “Who will fund this place of last resort as the move to market-driven health care rushes ahead? “

SF chapter - The Buck Institute
  06/10/06 CA
  The Northern California Science Writers Association had open spots available for its all-day field trip to the Buck Institute, a facility devoted to research on the process of aging and age-associated disease.
SF chapter - Social hour
  06/09/06 San Francisco, CA
  The chapter met at the Vino Venue on Mission Street in San Francisco to network, chat and meet fellow Bay Area health journalists.
SF chapter - Health journalism schmooze
  05/19/06 San Francisco, CA
 

Bay Area health care writers, editors, reporters and authors gathered at the 13 Views bar at the top of the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero for a Health Journalism Schmooze.

SF chapter - Journalism in the bean-counter culture
  04/26/06 San Francisco, CA
  Taking the pulse of the current newsroom: With resources cut and bottom-line pressures escalating, what's happening to journalism?
NY chapter - Health News Schmooze
  04/24/06 New York, NY
  A friendly after-work get-together. No guest speakers or presentations, just a chance to chat with colleagues about hot topics in health journalism.
NY chapter - Breaking it down with big pharma
  03/23/06 New York, NY
  Drug companies seem to spend almost as much on marketing as on science, making it hard for us to penetrate their products and research. What's the best way to get the straight dope?
SF chapter - Social hour
  03/23/06 San Francisco, CA
  The chapter met at the Vino Venue in San Francisco to network, chat and meet fellow Bay Area health journalists.
Health Journalism 2006
  03/16/06 - 03/19/06 Houston, TX
  More than 350 journalists, educators, students and health care experts gathered in Houston to take advantage of more than 50 workshop or panel sessions, five field trips and several receptions and other networking opportunities.
SF chapter - New Year's party
  01/31/06 San Francisco, CA
  The Bay Area chapter hosted a Happy New Year event open to all health care writers, editors, reporters, authors in the Bay Area.
Webcast: Understanding Medicare Part D
  11/01/05
 

A roundtable focusing on the new Medicare prescription drug benefit known as Part D, designed to help Medicare beneficiaries pay for their medications.

NY chapter - The bottom line on online health reporting
  09/26/05 New York, NY
  Editors from leading electronic media spoke with members about freelance opportunities, salaries, deadlines, pro's and con's, and how electronic is different from print or broadcast journalism.
DC chapter event
  09/12/05 Washington, DC
  Dr. Tony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, met with members of the Washington, D.C. chapter.
NY chapter- Behind the scenes with health broadcasters
  07/18/05 New York, NY
  Those who have wondered what it's like to cover the health beat live -- on radio, television or cable -- were able to talk informally with three on-the-air staff and freelance reporters.
DC chapter event - Newt Gingrich
  06/28/05 Washington, DC
  The Washington, D.C. chapter met with Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, at his Center for Health Transformation.
DC chapter - Hands-on medical simulation
  05/18/05 New York, NY
 
2005 AHCJ Conference
  03/31/05 - 04/03/05 Chapel Hill, NC
  AHCJ's sixth national conference included field trips to the Duke Diet & Fitness Center, the UNC Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology; and the VA Medical Center.
Webcast: Reporting on Health Savings Accounts
  02/09/05 webcast
 

This roundtable focuses on health savings accounts and related approaches advocated by the Bush Administration and others to address rising health care costs and lack of coverage for the uninsured. Webcast and transcript available.

Reliable Reporting: Making Sense of Medical Evidence
  10/22/04 - 10/23/04 Hanover, NH
  The first regional conference sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.
Private Healthcare Exchanges Conference
  07/16/04 - 07/17/14 Chicago, IL
 

The Private Healthcare Exchanges conference July 16-17 in Chicago will focus on how the Affordable Care Act is changing the way insurers sell health insurance.

2004 AHCJ Conference
  03/26/04 - 03/29/04 Minneapolis, MN
  Hot Spots in '04: Politics, patients and products
AHCJ 2003 Conference
  03/15/03 - 03/18/03 San Francisco, CA
  The program included 31 sessions with more than 60 speakers.
AHCJ 2002 Conference
  04/06/02 - 04/09/02 Bethesda, MD
  AHCJ's third national conference had more than 200 attendees, a plethora of speakers and 19 exhibitors.
AHCJ 2001 National Conference
  03/22/01 - 03/24/01 Atlanta, GA
 
AHCJ 2000 Inaugural National Conference
  05/04/00 - 05/06/00 Chicago, IL
 
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