NIH leader to headline Journalism Summit on Infectious Disease

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Francis Collins

Francis Collins

Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, will be a featured speaker at the Association of Health Care Journalists’ Summit on Infectious Disease next month.

AHCJ has recruited experts and leading health care journalists to discuss data resources, treatments and vaccine development, health workers and vulnerable populations, COVID-19 and influenza sharing a season.

With more than 213,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States – and with thousands others deemed “recovered” but left with lingering and persistent maladies – health journalists can feel dazed in deciding which stories to pursue. AHCJ is here to help. Join us in the virtual Journalism Summit on Infectious Disease, Nov. 16-19.

Audience members will be able to submit questions, virtually meet with some speakers after the sessions and enjoy virtual networking with their colleagues between sessions. Each day will start late in the morning Eastern time so members from East Coast to West Coast can join the live events.

AHCJ plans to re-charge participants with scores of story ideas and the resources to get them done.

Journalism Summit on Infectious DiseaseTopics to be addressed include:

  • Following the pandemic numbers: Data that can bolster reporting
  • Different testing types: Access and accuracy
  • What are we learning from the COVID-19 vaccine efforts?
  • Treatment status: What’s here, and what’s on the horizon
  • The hidden side of mental health during a pandemic
  • Health disparities among hard-hit populations
  • When two diseases meet: Flu and COVID-19 will share at least one season
  • Efforts in the works to ease a strained health care workforce

In addition, winners of the 2019 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism will be recognized during the summit.

The virtual summit is hosted by Johns Hopkins University& Medicine . Sponsors include The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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