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Health Journalism 2010: Program

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Thursday

Time

Panel title

Room

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Field trips

NOTE: Both field trips are full. Please join us for the Thursday afternoon sessions Tools for tracking health care costs from 1-2:50 p.m. and Using data to depict the health of your local population from 3:10-5 p.m. You'll leave with a wealth of new information.

Field trip 1 includes a mini-med school in a state-of-the art, hands-on simulation center at the Feinberg School of Medicine; a visit to the Renee Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Northwestern Memorial's Prentice Women's Hospital; a lunch discussion with leaders of the NUGene Project, a biobank of genetic samples and electronic health records from more than 10,000 volunteers; and a trip to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's world-renowned Center for Bionic Medicine.

Field trip 2 will feature a behind-the-scenes tour of its Mobile Examination Center for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) with embargoed data about hypertension and diabetes. Attendees also will visit Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, one of the most active in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and learn about the approach to veterans recently returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Learn more about the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture's computer application that enables clinicians to enter, review and continuously update all information connected with any patient.

1-5 p.m.

Finding untold health story ideas in data and maps

1-2:50 p.m.

Tools for tracking health care costs
• Kristen Bronner, managing editor, Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
• Emmanuela Gakidou, M.Sc., Ph.D., associate professor, Global Health; director of education and training, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington
Moderator: Jeff Porter, special projects director, Association of Health Care Journalists

3:10-5 p.m.

Using data to depict the health of your local population

• Ann Bossard, hospital and health systems specialist, ESRI
• Emmanuela Gakidou, M.Sc., Ph.D., associate professor, Global Health; director of education and training, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington
• Jeff Porter, special projects director, Association of Health Care Journalists

CC10CD

5:30 p.m.

CDC Director Thomas FriedenHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Catch two important back-to-back Newsmaker Briefings!

5:30 p.m. - Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

6:15 p.m. - Kathleen Sebelius, M.P.A., secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CC11AB

7 p.m.

Welcome to Chicago reception

Sponsored by McCormick Foundation

Regency Ballroom CDE

Friday

Time

Panel title

Room

Starts at 7:30 a.m.

Breakfast available

 


8 a.m.

Jeffrey ShurenNewsmaker briefing

• Jeffrey Shuren, director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration


W192AB

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Women's health research agenda: The coming decade

• Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., deputy director, Office of Research on Women's Health, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
• Colleen Fitzgerald, M.D., medical director, Women's Health Rehabilitation program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
• Aida Giachello, director, Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center
Moderator: Judy Graham, health and medicine reporter, Chicago Tribune

CC10AB

Monitoring the safety of the food supply

• Nancy Donley, president, Safe Tables Our Priority
• Michael P. Doyle, Ph.D., professor and director, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia
• Michael Moss, reporter, The New York Times
• Moderator: Laurie Udesky, independent journalist, San Francisco

CC10CD

Assessing health reform: Does comparative effectiveness research work?

• Janet Coffman, M.A., M.P.P., Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor, California Health Benefits Review Program, Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco
• Lia Hotchkiss, M.P.H., director, comparative effectiveness research portfolio, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
• Jeffrey C. Lerner, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, ECRI Institute
Moderator: Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor/columnist, Columbia Journalism Review

W192AB

Incorporating social determinants into your local health coverage

• Bianca Alexander, chief executive officer, Conscious Planet Media
• Mari Gallagher, principal, Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group; president, National Center for Public Research; adjunct associate professor, Institute on Urban Health Research, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
• Anthony Iton, M.D., senior vice president of healthy communities, The California Endowment
Moderator: Mary Chris Jaklevic, independent journalist, Chicago

W192C

10:45 a.m.- noon

Preparing for the coming tsunami in aging

• Valerie Gruss, Ph.D., CNP-BC, clinical assistant professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, University of Illinois/Chicago School of Nursing
• Herbert Sier, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, and associate chief of geriatric medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
• Santiago Toledo, M.D., medical director, Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
• Linnea Windel, R.N., M.S.N., president/CEO, Visiting Nurse Association of Fox Valley
Moderator: Eileen Beal, independent journalist, Cleveland

CC10AB

How to read medical studies and avoid pitfalls in reporting on them

• Ivan Oransky, M.D., executive editor, Reuters Health
• Gary Schwitzer, health journalism professor, University of Minnesota; publisher, HealthNewsReview.org

CC10CD

Assessing health reform: Outlook for the nation’s hospitals

• Richard L. Gamelli, M.D., dean, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine; senior vice president, Loyola University Health System
• Joseph Golbus, M.D., president, NorthShore University HealthSystem Medical Group
• Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO, Advocate Health Care
Moderator: Bruce Japsen, reporter, Chicago Tribune

W192AB

Pregnancy and childbirth trends: Issues of safety and choice

• Mark R. Chassin, M.D., F.A.C.P., M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission
• Julie Deardorff, health and fitness reporter, Chicago Tribune
• Alan M. Peaceman, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; chief, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine,Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Moderator: Deborah L. Shelton, health reporter, Chicago Tribune

W192C

12:15-2 p.m.

Luncheon session

Influenza! Lessons learned from a year of H1N1

• Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., executive director, Trust for America's Health
• Anne Schuchat, M.D., director, CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
• Litjen Tan, Ph.D., director of medicine and public health, American Medical Association; co-chair, National Influenza Vaccine Summit
Moderator: Maryn McKenna, independent journalist, Minneapolis

Regency Ballroom CDE

2-2:45 p.m.

Visit the exhibitors

 


2:45-5:30 p.m.

Freelance PitchFest

Editors from magazines, newspapers, Web sites are coming to meet AHCJ's freelance members! This session has been created to give you an opportunity to sit down and discuss your ideas one-on-one with editors from selected publications. Bring your best ideas and be prepared to sell your work. You will be able to sign up for appointments online in advance and some appointment will be reserved for on-site registration.

Participating editors:

• Sara Austin, Self Magazine
• David Corcoran, The New York Times
• Daniel DeNoon, WebMD
• Deborah Flapan, Medscape Medical News
• Peggy Girshman, Kaiser Health News
• Maureen "Shawn" Kennedy, M.A., R.N., American Journal of Nursing
• Kathy LaTour, CURE Media Group
• Meredith Matthews, Current Health 1 and Current Health 2
• Ivan Oransky, MD, Reuters Health
• Colleen Paretty, WebMD Health
• Julia Sommerfeld, senior editor, health, MSNBC.com
• Matthew Weinstock, senior editor, Hospitals & Health Networks
• Organizer: Jeanne Erdmann, independent journalist, Wentzville, Mo.

CC11AB

2:45-4 p.m.

Investigating nursing homes

• David Jackson, reporter, Chicago Tribune
• Patricia McGinnis, executive director, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
•Edward F. Mortimore, Ph.D., technical director, Survey and Certification Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Moderator: Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor/columnist, Columbia Journalism Review

CC10AB

Spotting conflicts of interest in medical research

• Lisa A. Bero, Ph.D., professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy; faculty member, Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco
• Catherine DeAngelis, M.D., editor-in-chief, Journal of the American Medical Association
• John Fauber, medical and science reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Moderator: Andrew Holtz, independent journalist, Portland, Ore.

CC10CD

Assessing health reform: Is there a looming doctor shortage?

• Kevin Barnett, Dr.P.H., M.C.P., senior investigator, Public Health Institute
• Raymond Curry, M.D., F.A.C.P., executive associate dean for education and professor of medicine and medical education, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
• David C. Goodman, M.D., M.S., professor of pediatrics and of health policy; director, Center for Health Policy Research at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; Co-PI, Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare
• Kurt Mosley, vice president of strategic alliances, AMN Healthcare, Merritt Hawkins, Staff Care
Moderator: Andis Robeznieks, reporter, Modern Healthcare

W192AB

Meeting the needs of cancer survivors

• Richard Boyajian, R.N., M.S. N.P., clinical program manager, Lance Armstrong Foundation Adult Survivorship Program, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
• Gail Gamble, M.D., medical director, Cancer Rehabilitation Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
• Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D., Thomas J. Watkins Professor, obstetrics and gynecology; chief, Division of Fertility Preservation; director, The Oncofertility Consortium; executive director, Institute for Women's Health Research
Moderator: Felice Freyer, reporter, The Providence (R.I.) Journal

W192C

4:15-5:30 p.m.

The growing importance of palliative care

• Martha Twaddle, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.H.P.M., chief medical officer, Midwest CareCenter
• Sean O'Mahony, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., medical director of palliative care service, Montefiore Medical Center; medical director, Compassionate Care Hospice at Montefiore; assistant professor of medicine and family medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
• Msgr. Charles J. Fahey, chairman, National Council on Aging; professor of aging studies, emeritus, Fordham University
Moderator: Irene Wielawski, independent journalist, Pound Ridge, N.Y.

CC10AB

Can reporters raise health literacy in the community?

• Allen W. Heinemann, Ph.D., director, Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University; senior faculty fellow, Institute for Health Services Research and Policy Studies, Northwestern University
• Michael Breen, M.D., principal, Dr. Michael Breen Associates
• Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., health literacy and communication director, Canyon Ranch Institute
Moderator: Duncan Moore, independent journalist, Chicago

CC10CD

Tracking health-related stimulus money

• Michael Grabell, reporter, ProPublica
• Fred Schulte, reporter, The Huffington Post Investigative Fund
• Phil Galewitz, reporter, Kaiser Health News

W192AB

Saturday

Time

Panel title

Room

Starts at 8 a.m.

Breakfast available

Sponsored by Montefiore Medical Center

Freelancers! Look for the dining table marked Freelance Corner for a chance to network with other freelancers.

 


9-10:15 a.m.

Understanding health insurance

• Tim D. Lee, F.S.A., M.A.A.A., principal and consulting actuary Milliman
• Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor/columnist, Columbia Journalism Review

CC10AB

What we can learn from "superagers"

• Barbara Hawkins, Ph.D., professor, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Department, Indiana University
• Michael Province, professor and director, Division of Statistical Genomics, Washington University School of Medicine
• Emily Rogalski, Ph.D., assistant research professor, Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Moderator: Jennifer Boen, independent journalist, Fort Wayne, Ind.

CC10CD

How many McAllens? Opportunities and pitfalls of spotlighting regional cost differences

• Elliott S. Fisher, M.D., Ph.D., director, Center for Health Policy Research, Dartmouth Medical School
• Mark E. Miller, Ph.D., executive director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
• Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H., visiting fellow, Center for Studying Health System Change; professor of medicine and pediatrics, University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Moderator: Jordan Rau, reporter, Kaiser Health News

W192AB

Addressing racial and ethnic disparities

• Juan Carlos Caicedo, M.D., transplant surgeon; director, Hispanic Transplant Program, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
• Ernest Moy, M.D., M.P.H., medical officer, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
• Christopher J.L. Murray, M.D., D.Phil., director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; professor of global health, University of Washington School of Medicine
Moderator: Kelley Weiss, independent reporter/producer, Sacramento, Calif.

W192C

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Investigating hospital finances

• Karl Stark, health and science editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer
• Samuel H. Steinberg, Ph.D., F.A.C.H.E., S.H. Steinberg Consulting LLC

CC10AB

Guidelines for writing about preventive health guidelines

• Robert O.Bonow, M.D.,Goldberg Distinguished Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; chief, Division of Cardiology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
• Phil Fontanarosa, M.D., M.B.A., executive deputy editor, Journal of the American Medical Association
• Len Lichtenfeld, M.D., M.A.C.P., deputy chief medical officer, American Cancer Society
Moderator: Marilynn Marchione, medical writer, The Associated Press

CC10CD

Assessing health reform: What's ahead for state and local governments

• Justine Handelman, executive director, legislative and regulatory policy, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
• Martha King, health program director, National Conference of State Legislatures
• Marian Mulkey, M.P.H., M.P.P., senior program officer, California HealthCare Foundation
Moderator: Victoria Colliver, reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

W192AB

Patient safety advocacy: Mining for stories, resources and data

• Helen Haskell, patient advocate
• Patty Skolnik, founder and executive director, Citizens for Patient Safety
• Jeanine Thomas, president and founder, MRSA Survivors Network
Moderator: Alicia Mundy, reporter, The Wall Street Journal

W192C

Noon-2 p.m.

Awards luncheon

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Johns Hopkins University   Quality and Safety Research Group

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

Regency Ballroom AB

2:15-3:30 p.m.

Assessing claims of functional foods and nutritional supplements

• Neil E. Levin, C.C.N., D.A.N.L.A., programs chair, American Nutrition Association; nutrition education manager, NOW Foods
• Marilynn Marchione, medical writer, The Associated Press
• Bruce Silverglade, legal director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Moderator: Bianca Alexander, chief executive officer, Conscious Planet Media

CC10AB

Mounting physical and mental health needs of returning vets

• Patrick J. Barrett, M.D., assistant chief of physical medicine & rehabilitation service, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
• Sharon Cohen, national writer, The Associated Press
• John Mundt, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist, Day Hospital Program, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
• Elliot Roth, M.D., attending physiatrist, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; chairman, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
• Moderator: Len Strazewski, acting chair and associate professor, Journalism Department, Columbia College Chicago

CC10CD

Impact of state budget cuts on health of the poor

• Judith Graham, health care policy reporter, Chicago Tribune
• Alison Hirschel, elder law attorney, Michigan Poverty Law Program
• Barbara Lyons, deputy director, Kaiser Commission for Medicaid and the Uninsured
• Joy Johnson Wilson, health policy director/federal affairs counsel, National Conference of State Legislatures
Moderator: Mark Taylor, independent journalist, Chicago

W192AB

Contest winners: How they did it

• Marshall Allen, health reporter, Las Vegas Sun
• Te-Ping Chen, reporter, Center for Public Integrity
• Patricia Callahan, reporter, Chicago Tribune
• Rachel Gotbaum, reporter, WBUR-Amherst
• Joe Carlson, staff reporter, Modern Healthcare
• Trine Tsouderous, science and medical reporter, Chicago Tribune
Moderator: Julie Appleby, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News

W192C

3:45-5 p.m.

Reporting the science behind public health slogans

• Robert J. Davis, Ph.D., author, "The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting through the Hype about Your Health"
• Steven H. Kelder, M.P.H., Ph.D., professor, division of epidemiology, University of Texas School of Public Health
• Jennifer Duke, Ph.D., senior research public health analyst, RTI International
Moderator: Anna Mathews, reporter, The Wall Street Journal

CC10CD

Assessing health reform: The reporting challenge going forward

• Noam M. Levey, reporter, Los Angeles Times
• Karen Brown, reporter, WFCR-FM, Amherst, Mass.
• Lindy Washburn, staff writer, The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record
Moderator: Julie Appleby, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News

W192AB

Surviving and thriving as a freelancer

• Moderated by independent journalist Maryn McKenna and AHCJ freelance committee members

W192C

5:15-6:15 p.m.

Membership meeting

CC10AB

6:30 p.m.

Reception

Sponsored by Kaiser Family Foundation

 

Sunday

Time

Panel title

Room

Starts at 8 a.m.

Breakfast available

 


9-10:15 a.m.

Personal electronic medical records: What will consumers need to know?

• Steve Gray, partner, Affiliated Computer Services Healthcare Solutions
• Bala Hota, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical information officer, Cook County Health and Hospital System
• Thomas Layden, M.D., chief, Department of Internal Medicine; professor of medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
Moderator: Prerna Mona Khanna, M.D., M.P.H.. visiting clinical associate professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine

W192A

Using Cochrane Library resources

• Tim Powers, account development manager for the Americas, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

W192B

Building a blog/Web site: How to publish and promote your work online

• Christine Cupaiulolo, blogger, Our Bodies Ourselves

W192C

10:30 a.m.-noon

Complete reporter's guide to vaccines

• Arthur Allen, author, "Vaccine: the Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver"
• Katharine Kripke, Ph.D.. assistant director, vaccine research program, Division of AIDS, NIAID, NIH, DHHS
• Walter Orenstein, M.D., deputy director for vaccine delivery of the global health program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Moderator: Mike Stobbe, staff writer, The Associated Press

W192A

Getting the most out of PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov

• Holly Burt, M.L.I.S., outreach & exhibits coordinator, National Network of Libraries Greater Midwest Region
• Robert A. Logan, Ph.D., communication research scientist, U.S. National Library of Medicine

W192B

Deciphering hospital quality data

• Charles Ornstein, senior reporter, ProPublica
• Tracy Weber, senior reporter, ProPublica

W192C

Noon

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