Get support to pursue major health reporting project

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

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.

Health journalists have a rare chance to get support for work on an in-depth reporting project related to the U.S. health care system.

The AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance offer financial support as well as training and personalized guidance from experienced journalists as they delve into subjects that affect local and national health outcomes.

Past projects have included:

  • A regional look at diabetes, including cultural and policy influences, consequences and what will be required to change the course of the disease.
  • What hospital ownership changes mean in terms of access, performance, costs and accountability, as well as how state policy changes will play into the mix.
  • The aftermath of more than 20 maternity wards closing in the Philadelphia region during the past 15 years.
  • The growing pattern of hospital consolidation and its influence on health care costs and the future of health reform.
  • Delays that leave poor and uninsured patients in hospitals for weeks or months before they are discharged to nursing homes or rehabilitation centers.
  • Whether transparency about hospital quality improves the quality of care for patients.
  • North Carolina’s system for treating the mentally ill with those in place in other states and how cuts have affected the systems of care.

Read more about the projects supported by the AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance and use them as inspiration to apply and pursue that project you’ve had in the back of your mind.

Guidance is provided by AHCJ fellowship leaders through customized seminars on health care systems, conference calls and email consultations. The fellowship covers the cost of attending the seminars and AHCJ conferences, and a $4,000 project allowance is available to defray the cost of field reporting, health data analysis and other project-related research. In addition, each fellow will receive a $2,500 fellowship award upon the successful completion of the project.

The fellowship program is supported by The Commonwealth Fund.

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