AHCJ members release books, films, win awards

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.

The latest AHCJ members in the news are Nancy Gahles, Gideon Gil, Debra Gordon, Kristin Gourlay, Steve Jacob, Bruce Japsen, Shuka Kalantari, Chris King and Lisa M. Krieger. See what’s happening with them:

Nancy Gahles, D.C., C.C.H., R.S.Hom. (NA) recently published a book and did a TEDxTalk on “The Power of $elf Care: A Common Sense Guide to YOUR Wellness Solution.”

Gideon Gil, health and science editor of The Boston Globe and an AHCJ board member, has been selected as a fellow by Knight Science Journalism at MIT. The fellows will study science, health, environment and technology at MIT during the 2014–15 academic year.

Debra Gordon, M.S., has been named editor at large for health care reform for Prevention magazine and forum expert for the health care reform forum at mybluecommunity.com, a social media site for Blue Cross/Blue Shield members in many states.

Kristin Gourlay has produced a one-hour documentary about opioid addiction and overdose, called “Killer Drugs: Tackling Opioid Addiction and Overdose,” that has aired on Rhode Island Public Radio, WNPR -Conn., WCAI-Mass., and a station in northern Calif.

Steve Jacob’s new book, “So Long, Marcus Welby, M.D.: How Today’s Health Care Is Suffocating Independent Physicians – and How Some Changed to Thrive” was published by Dorsam Publishing.

Bruce Japsen’s new book, “Inside Obamacare: The Fix For America’s Ailing Health Care System,” includes some of his early reporting from when he was at the Chicago Tribune, exploring some of the early efforts of the Obamas to make health care more affordable, accessible and accountable, as well as more recent reporting.

Shuka Kalantari, with Julia McEvoy, won the arts & culture radio category of the Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. They were recognized for their “portrayal of a Cambodian immigrant who creates an entirely new genre of music by weaving together traditional Cambodian singing, psychedelic rock and hip hop.”

Chris King’s film, “Go South for Animal Index: A Fable of Los Alamos,” a 90-minute feature produced by the St. Louis-based arts organization Poetry Scores, accepted into the 2014 Uranium Film Festival at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Lisa M. Krieger, of the San Jose Mercury News, was named Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She was recognized “for her extensive coverage on the cost of dying, and dedication to helping the public understand critical decisions about end-of-life care.” Krieger, with photographer Dai Sugano, also was recognized in the video journalism essay category for “bringing viewers into the personal moments of a woman carrying out her decision to decline life-sustaining dialysis.” She won a 2012 Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism for her coverage and has written for AHCJ about her work.

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