AHCJ member news: Jobs, fellowships, awards and more

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.



This edition of member news includes accomplishments from Jennifer Abbasi, Monya De, Katherine Eban, Karen Garloch, Barbara Gastel, Prerna Mona Khanna, M.D., M.P.H., David Levine, Marissa Miley, Ellen Rand, Gary Schwitzer and Lana Straub.

Jennifer Abbasi (@jenabbasi) is now a senior staff writer at JAMA in Chicago.

Monya De (@medjournalist) is a contributor to Medical Economics and has a regular blog “Practice Notes” on the Center for Health Journalism’s website.

Katherine Eban (@KatherineEban), a contributor to Fortune Magazine, was named a 2015 Andrew Carnegie fellow in support of a book about the generic drug revolution and the transformation of the world’s drug supply, to be published by Harper Collins. Reporting for the book has taken her to China, India, Ireland, Ghana, Mexico and the United States. The book has received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the George Polk investigative fund.

Karen Garloch (@kgarloch) was inducted into the Ball State University Journalism Hall of Fame on April 13. Garloch graduated from Ball State in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science. Since 1987, she has been the medical/health writer for The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina. She was part of a team of reporters/editors whose series “Prognosis: Profits” was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting.

Barbara Gastel (@BarbaraGastel), a professor at Texas A&M University, is the lead author of “How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper,” 8th edition. The co-author is Robert A. Day. Gastel was co-author of the sixth and seventh editions.

Prerna Mona Khanna, M.D., M.P.H., M.R.O., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.P.M., F.A.C.O.E.M., (@AskDrMona), a contributor to The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., was named Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago magazine. She was honored for almost 20 years of humanitarian service combined with reporting on worldwide disasters which garnered her two Emmy Award nominations.

David Levine (@dllloydlevine) received a fellowship from the National Press Foundation to hear researchers from the Mayo Clinic speak on “Obesity’s Toll: Get the Skinny on Fat” and was awarded a fellowship from the Jackson Laboratory to attend July’s the Human and Mammalian Genetics and Genomics: The 57th McKusick Short Course in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Marissa Miley (@marissamiley) is now the editor, health & environment at The GroundTruth Project, a nonprofit news organization based in Boston dedicated to supporting the next generation of international correspondents.

Ellen Rand (@EllenRandNJ) is the author of “Last Comforts: Notes from the Forefront of Late Life Care,” spotlighting pathfinders and innovations that can make a significant difference as we go forward — particularly for aging baby boomers.

Gary Schwitzer (@garyschwitzer), publisher of HealthNewsReview.org, was named to the Rodale 100 list, which Rodale called “a list of innovators who are changing the face of the health and wellness universe in 2016 and beyond.” Accompanying that announcement was an article in Men’s Health, “Meet the Guy Who Calls Out B.S. Health News For a Living.” Schwitzer presented the closing plenary talk, “How Can We Improve the Public Dialogue About Health Care?” at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement Colloquium in Minneapolis on May 11.

Lana Straub (@Lanawrites), an independent journalist, was awarded the Society of Environmental Journalist’s David Stolberg Meritorious Service Award during the 25th Annual Conference in Norman, Okla., in October 2015. This annual award honors exceptional volunteer work by an SEJ member. It was created by the SEJ board in 1998 and named in honor of SEJ founder David Stolberg.

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