Washington, D.C., chapter event brings record turnout

Phil Galewitz

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Phil Galewitz (@philgalewitz), is a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News covering Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care, hospitals and state health issues. He is a former member of AHCJ's board of directors.

Photo: Phil GalewitzHealth journalists and communications professionals from several health organizations attended an informal rooftop gathering in Washington, D.C., on June 2.

Photo: Phil GalewitzHealth journalists and communications professionals from several health organizations attended an informal rooftop gathering in Washington, D.C., on June 2.

More than 100 people, including about 50 health journalists, turned out on June 2 for the AHCJ Washington, D.C., chapter rooftop happy hours with senior communications staff from more than a dozen health organizations.

It was the third annual event held at the Pennsylvania Avenue rooftop overlooking the White House.

Photo: Phil GalewitzPaul Demko, David Pittman and Rachana Pradhan of Politico (left to right) attended the Washington, D.C., chapter event.

Photo: Phil GalewitzPaul Demko, David Pittman and Rachana Pradhan of Politico (left to right) attended the Washington, D.C., chapter event.

Health organizations with staffers at the event included the National Pharmaceutical Council, the National Health Council, AdvaMed, the American Medical Association, PhRMA, Medicaid Health Plans of America and the National Community Pharmacists Association.

The meeting was an informal gathering to give journalists and communications officials a chance to meet and mingle. It was also the first event organized by the new D.C. chapter leadership team of Kim Leonard of U.S. News & World Report, Erin Mershon of CQ Roll Call and Tina Reed of the Washington Business Journal.

Photo: Phil GalewitzKim Leonard of U.S. News & World Report, Erin Mershon of CQ Roll Call and Tina Reed of Washington Business Journal organized the event as new chapter leaders.

Photo: Phil GalewitzKim Leonard of U.S. News & World Report, Erin Mershon of CQ Roll Call and Tina Reed of Washington Business Journal organized the event as new chapter leaders.

Media at the event included journalists from National Public Radio, The New York Times, Kaiser Health News, Politico, Bloomberg and The Atlantic.

The AHCJ chapter picked up some costs and journalists brought beverages or provided a $10 donation.

The attendance sets a record for the largest attendance at any local chapter event.

If you want to learn about future D.C. chapter events or get involved in the chapter contact Leonard at kleonard@usnews.com.

Photo: Phil GalewitzThe view from the Pennsylvania Avenue rooftop.

Photo: Phil GalewitzThe view from the Pennsylvania Avenue rooftop.

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