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Twelve journalists to attend AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowship Date: 03/10/21

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Association of Health Care Journalists has announced the selection of a new class of AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellows. The 12 journalists – supported through a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust – will spend four days studying public health issues with experts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The AHCJ-directed fellowship program will include virtual presentations and discussions on COVID-19 issues, epidemiology, global disease prevention efforts, chronic diseases, vaccines, influenza, opioids and other topics.

The 2021 AHCJ-CDC fellows are:

  • Susan Berger (@Msjournalist), contributor, The Washington Post
  • Sujata Berry (@sujataberry), radio producer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Radio One
  • Hilary Brueck (@hilarx), senior science and health reporter, Business Insider
  • Jessie Hellmann (@jessiehellmann), reporter, Modern Healthcare
  • Yella Hewings-Martin (@MNT_Yella), research editor, Medical News Today/Healthline Media
  • Pien Huang (@Pien_Huang), reporter, National Public Radio
  • Serena Marshall (@SerenaMarsh), host/creator, Medpage Today and Everyday Health Track the Vax Podcast
  • Laura Santhanam (@LauraSanthanam), health reporter/coordinating producer, PBS NewsHour
  • Selena Simmons-Duffin (@selenasd), health policy reporter, National Public Radio
  • Mike Stobbe (@MikeStobbe), medical writer, The Associated Press
  • Emily Woodruff (@emily_woodruff_), health reporter, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans Advocate
  • Emma Yasinski (@emmayas24), contributor, Undark

Fellows will 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 May.

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.