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Membership: Benefits

AHCJ is always growing the number of benefits we offer our members. Discover the benefits of membership by opening the special benefit areas below.

Training

  • Annual conferences offer prominent speakers, provide concrete story ideas and offer opportunities for networking. See a recent program.

  • Regional seminars that move around the country and focus on such issues as rural health, big data in health care, and the business of health care.

  • An extensive array of fellowship programs that provide training, support and mentoring. These include two yearlong offerings: the AHCJ Regional Health Journalism Fellowship, which focuses on selected journalists from a specific region of the country and the AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance, which give reporters the training and resources to examine the quality of health-care systems.

  • Shorter fellowship programs, such as a week at the CDC and a week at the National Institutes of Health learning about medical research.

  • Conference-oriented fellowships to aid journalists in attending our largest national event.

Resources

  • The AHCJ website has a wealth of useful information that is updated regularly. Members have exclusive access to tip sheets, entries to our Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism contest, job postings, back issues of our newsletter HealthBeat and a special section for freelancers. We also have extensive pages devoted to topics vital for every health reporter, including medical research, social determinants, insurance, health reform, aging and oral health.

  • Updated five days a week, the Covering Health blog is your link to the latest news in the field, story ideas, hot headlines, new reports and tools to use in your reporting and noteworthy stories.

  • A collection of health data, which is organized and downloadable. This includes exclusive financial data on nonprofit hospitals: The association partnered with GuideStar to collect data from IRS Form 990s filed by nonprofits that operate U.S. hospitals. The database gives AHCJ members a reliable way to see how much charity care their nonprofit hospitals provide and how much their local CEO is making compared to others in the state and the country.

  • Our newsletter, HealthBeat, is published twice a year. 

  • Free access to journals and databases, including:

    • Elsevier's ClinicalKey and ScienceDirect: ClinicalKey is the world’s first Clinical Insight Engine that lets you take advantage of the world’s largest online database of science, technical and medical information with ScienceDirect. Read more...

    • UpToDate.com is an electronic medical information resource with detailed information about the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of most medical conditions. Content is created, reviewed and updated by more than 5,100 physician authors and editors. Normally, individual subscriptions run up to $499 a year. Read more about UpToDate...

    • The Cochrane Library, a clinical research database (a $235 value!). Read more about what the Cochrane Library offers.

    • Annual Reviews, which publishes reviews in more than 40 focused disciplines within the biomedical, life, physical and social sciences. Annual Reviews journals are among the most highly cited in scientific literature as indexed by the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports®. This would cost thousands of dollars if you signed up on your own. Read more about what Annual Reviews offers.

    • Health Affairs, the respected health policy journal (a $125 value!). Read more about what Health Affairs offers.

    • American Journal of Public Health, dedicated to original work in research, research methods, and program evaluation in the field of public health. (a $200 value!). Read more about what the American Journal of Public Health offers.

    • Journal of the American Medical Association and its nine specialty journals. Read more about what JAMA/Archives offers.

Networking

  • Our electronic discussion list is a private service for AHCJ members where they can hold ongoing discussions, seek help with a story and request information. You can select to receive each message as it is sent or a digest, which sends several messages at a time.  The list is archived online, giving members access to many years' worth of shared resources and wisdom.

  • Regional chapter groups, which organize social gatherings and meetings with sources.

  • Social networking on LinkedIn and Facebook, as well as an active presence on Twitter.

  • Meeting expert speakers and approved exhibitors at our conferences allows you to expand your source list, and your story potential.

Career development

Advocacy

  • We advocate for transparency, openness and responsiveness by government and private-sector officials.

  • We help members raise concerns to government officials who seem to ignore them.

  • We partner with other journalism groups to write letters and op-eds about important journalism issues of the day.

  • We have a clear set of journalism ethics.

 

The AHCJ staff is always happy to lend assistance to our members. The office staff's regular working hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. central time, Monday through Friday. Feel free to e-mail or call with questions or comments. Our telephone number is 573-884-5606.


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