3 AHCJ members awarded Hunt grants

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

From more than 75 applications, five journalists were chosen for the USC Annenberg School of Journalism’s Dennis A. Hunt Health Journalism grants. Three of them were AHCJ members. The one-year grants, which range from $2,500 to $10,000, are intended for “investigative or explanatory journalism projects on community health issues.”

  • The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Victoria Colliver plans to use her $2,500 grant to “the extreme life expectancy differences – as much as 15 years – across the Bay Area, with particular focus on Oakland.”
  • Sing Tao Daily reporter Rong Xiaoqing plans to use her $5,000 grant to “examine three community health issues that affect Chinese Americans: domestic violence against seniors, rising rates of HIV/AIDS, and the high suicide rate among women.”
  • Freelance journalist and radio consultant Sara Shakir will use her $4,000 grant to “explore the interrelationship between obesity and diabetes and environmental factors in several cities, as well innovative solutions to the obesity epidemic in low-income communities.”

In addition to the three AHCJ members, California freelancer Janet Wilson was award $10,000 to report on industrial contamination in a California city and St. Louis Beacon reporter Robert Joiner was awarded $7,000 to explore the underlying causes of health problems among minorities in the St. Louis area.

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