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AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellows to spend a week at agency Date: 10/25/18

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Association of Health Care Journalists has announced the selection of a new class of AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellows. The 10 journalists – supported through a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust – will spend a week studying public health issues at two Atlanta campuses of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The AHCJ-directed fellowship program will include presentations, roundtable discussions and tours on epidemiology, global disease prevention efforts, obesity and other chronic diseases, vaccine safety, foodborne disease, influenza, antibiotic resistance, climate change and other topics.

The 2018 AHCJ-CDC fellows are:

  • Max Blau, independent journalist, Atlanta (@maxblau)

  • Ellen Eldridge, digital news producer, Georgia Public Broadcasting (@elleneldridge27)

  • Anna Gorman, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News (@annagorman)

  • Cecilia Hernandez-Cromwell, news director/anchor, Telemundo Oklahoma (@Cecylu92)

  • Caroline Kee, health reporter, BuzzFeed News (@CarolineDKee)

  • Carol Morton, independent journalist, Eugene, Ore. (@carolmorton)

  • Kim Mueller, contributor, PBS Next Avenue

  • Sarah Ovaska-Few, reporter, North Carolina Health News (@SarahOvaska)

  • Bram Sable-Smith, contributor, Side Effects Public Media (@besables)

  • Julissa Trevino, independent journalist, Fort Worth, Texas (@JulissaTrevino)

Fellows will tour the CDC director's National Emergency Operations Center, meet sources on policy and research and learn how to tap the agency's abundant resources to produce better stories. The training will take place in December.

The CDC is charged with protecting public health and safety by preventing and controlling diseases and injuries; enhancing health decisions by providing credible information on critical health issues; and promoting healthy living through strong partnerships with local, national and international organizations.

The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With about 1,500 members across the United States and around the globe, its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism provide training, resources and a professional home for journalists. Offices are based at the Missouri School of Journalism.