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Chicago chapter of AHCJ is formed Date: 04/02/07

Update: Read about the first meeting.

April 2, 2007
Contact: Len Bruzzese, AHCJ executive director, 573-884-5606

CHICAGO - Journalists in the Chicago area will have more opportunities to network and deepen their understanding of health care issues and trends with the formation of the Chicago chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

The chapter's kickoff meeting, April 23, will feature Daniel Levinson, inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is expected to discuss oversight of HHS' spending, as well his office's quality and fraud initiatives. Levinson will take questions after his presentation, which will be followed by an informal reception.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Columbia College, 33 E. Congress, Chicago (northwest corner of Congress and Wabash).

To get involved with the new chapter, contact Carla Johnson at ckjohnson@ap.org. Johnson, a reporter/desk supervisor for The Associated Press, is one of the chapter's organizers, as well as a member of AHCJ's board of directors.

The Chicago group joins chapters already established in New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The Association of Health Care Journalists 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, founded in 1998, is based at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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