Mission & Goals

The Association of Health Care Journalists, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. AHCJ is classified as a 501(c)(6), a nonprofit professional trade association.


  1. To support the highest standards of reporting, writing, editing, and broadcasting in health care journalism for the general public and trade publications.

  2. To develop a strong and vibrant community of journalists concerned with all forms of health care journalism.

  3. To raise the stature of health care journalism in newsrooms, the industry, and the public, as a whole.

  4. To promote understanding between journalists and sources of news about how each can best serve the public.

  5. To advocate for the free flow of information to the public.

  6. To advocate for the improvement of professional development opportunities for journalists who cover any aspect of health and health care.

  7. To advocate for and work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion in media outlets and within AHCJ — with the goal of having our membership, board, and staff reflect the diversity of U.S. society and creating an organization where everyone feels they are heard and belong and are valued as their authentic selves.

Learn about AHCJ's history.