Cyber-fellowship will connect health journalists, CDC experts

Pia Christensen

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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 year’s version of the AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowships is going virtual.

In past years, AHCJ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have invited health journalists for in-person sessions on the CDC campus in Atlanta under a fellowship program. This year, to keep colleagues safe, the sessions will be held virtually. But much of the experience will be the same.

AHCJ has teamed up with the CDC, with the support of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, for this virtual program for journalists – a cyber-fellowship.

A select group of journalists will spend most of a week interacting with CDC experts learning how to tap into the agency’s resources and experts.

This will give AHCJ members the change toe safely and conveniently hear from researchers about the latest public health issues, including the chance to hear the latest CDC information about the COVID-19 pandemic, plus information about vaccines, research, mask-wearing, vulnerable populations and more. Reporters will have the opportunity to ask questions of the experts.

The fellows will learn about other public health efforts, including maternal mortality, the flu season, key health data and the latest public health updates both related to COVID-19 and beyond the current pandemic. They also will benefit from the chance to interact online with colleagues from across the country.

AHCJ will accept applications for the AHCJ-CDC Cyber Fellowship through Nov. 6. Get more information and a link to the application here.

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