Journalists high on health journalism for AHCJ’s annual conference #ahcj14

Andrew M. Seaman

About Andrew M. Seaman

Andrew M. Seaman is a medical journalist with Reuters Health. He started at Reuters as a Kaiser Family Foundation fellow in the D.C. bureau covering health policy and is a 2011 graduate of Columbia University's Journalism School, where he focused on investigative reporting as a Stabile Fellow.

AHCJ Audience 2014Journalists from all corners of the U.S. and some other countries gathered in the Mile-High City last week to learn from health care experts and each other at Health Journalism 2014.

For those who couldn’t attend the conference or all the sessions they would have liked, the Association of Health Care Journalists has been posting coverage of the conference to its Covering Health blog – including photos, videos and session recaps.

While at the conference, the journalists took part in field trips, workshops and discussions about topics ranging from oral health to sports medicine.

Two of the conference’s highlights were talks by two experts who continue to impact the world of health care.

First, Louis Sullivan, M.D., addressed the conference on Thursday evening after a lively talk from Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who discussed the state’s legalization of marijuana.

Sullivan, who served as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President George H. W. Bush, also signed copies of his new book at the opening night reception.

Paul Offit, M.D., who is head of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, addressed the Health Journalism 2014 awards luncheon on Saturday.

Offit discussed his feelings about recent news coverage of a meningitis B vaccine offered to U.S. college students in response to a 2013 outbreak of the disease.

His talk was followed by the presentation of the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.

After the journalists packed up their bags and disposed of their craft beer bottles on Sunday morning, sessions continued.

Until next year, when Health Journalism 2015 will be in Silicon Valley in April, people can continue to follow this year’s attendees on Twitter.

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