Get a chance to further your health journalism knowledge through AHCJ fellowships

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.

The 2011 AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellows met with Ali S. Khan, M.D., M.P.H., assistant surgeon general and director of the CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.

The 2011 AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellows met with Ali S. Khan, M.D., M.P.H., assistant surgeon general and director of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.

AHCJ is taking applications for two of its premier fellowship programs: the AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowships and the AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance.

Both programs offer journalists a chance to receive top training and a chance to find new sources and story ideas for their reporting.

For the first program, AHCJ has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the support of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, for a virtual program for journalists.

A select group of journalists will be chosen to spend four days in early 2021 interacting with CDC experts.

The fellows will have a chance to hear from researchers about the latest public health issues, including  information about the COVID-19 pandemic, including information about vaccines, research, mask-wearing, vulnerable populations and more. Fellows will meet new sources and learn how to tap the agency’s resources to produce better stories. Read more and apply – the deadline is Jan. 8.

The AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance is a yearlong program, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, allowing journalists to pursue a significant reporting project related to the U.S. health care system. It can be local or national in scope, or a little of both.

This year’s review committee is particularly interested in projects focused on health equity. This might include racial disparities within a community, gaps in public health inclusion, unstable housing, insurance access, food insecurity, violence as a health issue, how health care institutions or systems are applying a racial equity lens to their policies and practices or otherwise addressing inequities or disparities, or other examinations of systemic problems that became so apparent over the past year. Fellows pursue the projects with the support of their newsrooms or freelance outlets, which commit to publish or air the work.

Read more and apply – the deadline is Feb. 15.

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