Agriculture secretary will headline Rural Health Journalism Workshop 

About Jeff Porter

Jeff Porter is the director of education for AHCJ and plays a lead role in planning conferences, workshops and other training events. He also leads the organization's data collection and data instruction efforts.

Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be a featured speaker for AHCJ’s Rural Health Journalism Workshop June 21-23. Journalists attending the virtual event can submit questions during the live session or can click here to send in a question beforehand.

As head of the Department of Agriculture, Vilsack leads efforts to improve food and nutrition security, a constant concern in rural areas.

In a recent White House press conference, he linked food and nutrition security to a quarter of the country’s workforce impacted by the food and agriculture industry, educational achievement and poverty reduction. “And certainly,” he said, “we’ve seen the impact of that during the course of the pandemic.”

Health journalists will find story after story during the easy-access workshop, designed to bring journalists together with health care and policy experts who focus on medical needs in rural areas and how they differ from urban needs.

Participants will hear about various rural populations, data resources, health equity barriers during a pandemic, the rural health workforce, mental health challenges and more.

You don’t have to live in a rural area to write great stories about what’s happening just beyond the city limits. Non-urban populations can play a larger-than-expected role in setting policy and legislation in many states and across the country. Leave with a better understanding of what’s happening – and will be happening – in rural regions to bring more perspective to your stories.

To attend and hear from experts, get answers to your questions and meet speakers in small breakout sessions, you just need to be an AHCJ member. And after the free, three-day workshop, AHCJ members will have access to session recordings and speaker presentations.

Each day will start late in the morning Eastern time so members from East Coast to West Coast can join the live events.

Follow this link for more information about the workshop, including schedule, registration and how to become an AHCJ member.

The workshop is hosted by the University of North Dakota. Other sponsors include The Commonwealth Fund, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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