NIH, CMS chiefs to speak at Newsmaker Briefings

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Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, and Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will speak in separate Newsmaker Briefings at Health Journalism 2011.

Collins and Berwick

Berwick, who oversees programs that provide care to nearly one in three Americans and formerly headed up the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will speak at the conference’s official kickoff session on Thursday, April 14.

Collins, who oversees the 27 institutes and centers of NIH and who led the effort to successfully map the human genome, will speak Friday, April 15.

Health Journalism 2011

The annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists will take place April 14-17 in Philadelphia. Along with Newsmaker Briefings, it includes panels, workshops, field trips and networking opportunities for reporters interested in health and health care.

Unprecedented number of fellowships available: Journalists covering rural health, working beats other than health, those working for the ethnic media and journalists in California, Missouri, New York and Oregon can apply for fellowships to attend the conference. Deadline to apply: Feb. 23

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