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Fellowships on women’s health unveiled for 2019 Date: 02/21/19

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Association of Health Care Journalists and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health announced they will collaborate this year to present the first Fellowships on Women’s Health.

The program will allow a small group of journalists to spend several days in Washington, D.C., focused on increasing their understanding of and ability to report more deeply on health issues that are often unique to women or require a different approach.

“We are happy to get a chance to work with the Office on Women’s Health on this new program,” said Len Bruzzese, AHCJ’s executive director. “Along with a chance to dive into these important topics, our fellows will be exposed to reliable sources they can call upon later, develop skills for tapping into trustworthy source material when doing their own research and come away with lots of story ideas worth pursuing.”

The fellowship program will take place in early September, but applications are due to AHCJ by July 1 this year.

Sessions will cover several areas, which will likely include reproductive health, behavioral health, violence, drug use and clinical research, among others.

Fellowship candidates should be professional journalists working in the United States. The fellowship includes AHCJ membership, travel expenses, a food stipend and lodging. The 2019 fellowship will be Sept. 8-11.

The Office on Women’s Health was established in 1991 to improve the health of U.S. women by advancing and coordinating a comprehensive women's health agenda. OWH provides national leadership in improving the health of women and girls through policy, education and model programs.

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.

Learn how to apply for this fellowship.