Members of the D.C. chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists gathered on June 7 for their annual rooftop happy hour on Pennsylvania Avenue, at a building overlooking the White House.
The fifth annual event was hosted by the National Pharmaceutical Council, with more than 100 people attending. Journalists and senior health communications staff were present, and met informally over drinks and catered food.
Journalists came from The Hill, CQ Roll Call, Kaiser Health News, Healthcare Dive, Scientific American and a host of other publications. The event offers an opportunity for non-members to get to know members of the chapter and consider joining, and to meet potential sources for story ideas.
Other organizations represented included PCORI, Academy Health, the AIDS Institute and Freedom Partners.
AHCJ also provided its own table of refreshments or gave members the option to contribute a $10 donation. The event was organized by D.C. chapter co-chairs Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner, Tina Reed of FierceHealthcare, and Erin Mershon of Stat News.