Promotion, new job and a fellowship for AHCJ members

About Pia Christensen

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

Marilynn Marchione has been named chief medical writer for The Associated Press.  In a press release, the AP says “She regularly produces some of our most high-impact enterprise, demystifies complicated medical studies, and mentors other writers.” The release says she will “play a larger role in working with regional desks worldwide to help them shape smart ideas as the AP strives to build an even greater distinctive presence in health coverage” and encourages its reporters to use her as as resource if they “have the seed of an idea for a health story or who need guidance in deciphering medical jargon.”

Dave Parks has been named editor of Cahaba Media Group‘s  HomeCare. Parks has been working as an independent journalist, recently publishing “Health Care Reform Simplified.” Before that, he was the senior health reporter for The Birmingham News for 22 years and worked as the health section editor at

Rochelle Sharpe has been selected for the MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellows Program. The program, a collaboration of the Gerontological Society of America and New America Media in conjunction with the Journalists Network on Generations, convenes the fellows at the GSA’s annual meeting where they tap into the presentations to develop a major aging-focused story or series. Sharpe, a Boston-based independent journalist, will investigate declining life expectancy for women in some low-income U.S. regions. Sharpe, who shared a 1991 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and has written for The Boston Globe, Business Week and many other publications.

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