Calif. organization names AHCJ members to staff

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

The new California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting has announced its editorial staff. The Center, a grant-funded organization led by Michael Parks, has hired five AHCJ members:

  • Editor-in-chief: David Westphal
  • Managing editor: Richard Kipling
  • Senior writer: Emily Bazar
  • Senior writer: John Gonzales
  • Senior writer: Deborah Schoch

The Center started as a pilot project in 2008 with “Sowing Hope,” a series in the Merced Sun-Star that Kipling and Schoch worked on. Since then, the organization has taken on several other projects.

Parks told me in 2008 that the California HealthCare Foundation decided to fund the pilot project because it believed coverage of health policy in the state was flagging. According to this week’s release, “The Center is funded by a three-year, $3.285 million grant from the California HealthCare Foundation, an Oakland-based independent, non-profit philanthropy whose mission is to improve the health and health care of all Californians.” Parks said he aims to complete at least 50 major projects during that period.

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