AHCJ announces 2023 CDC Health Journalism fellows

AHCJ-CDC Fellowship medallionEight journalists have been selected to attend the 2023 AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowship in Atlanta.

Thanks to support from the NIHCM Foundation, this year’s fellows will spend three days — May 21-24 — learning from CDC experts and touring labs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s campuses.

AHCJ-CDC Fellows will:

  • Learn about the latest CDC research and data on topics including maternal mortality, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, environmental health and other emerging public health issues.
  • Learn how the agency has changed its internal communications to be more nimble and effective in its public health messaging.
  • Meet new sources they can reach during health emergencies — building a level of trust that allows them to provide better information to their audiences and communities.
  • Learn how to tap the agency’s abundant resources to produce better stories.
  • Tour the smoking lab and the Emergency Operations Center, among other sites.
  • Interact with colleagues from across the country.

The fellowship program also includes one year of a new or renewed AHCJ membership.

The 2023 AHCJ-CDC fellows are:

  • Angela Roberts, health reporter, The Baltimore Sun
  • Bonnie Petrie, bioscience and medicine reporter and host of Petrie Dish podcast, Texas Public Radio
  • Kim Painter, independent journalist
  • Marijke Vroomen Durning, journalist, self-employed
  • Allen Siegler, reporter, Mountain State Spotlight
  • Elaine Chen, cardiovascular disease reporter, STAT
  • Joe Burns, independent journalist and AHCJ’s core topic leader on health reform/insurance
  • Isabella Cueto, chronic disease reporter, STAT 

According to its mission statement: “CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.”

The Association of Health Care Journalists has offered a CDC fellowship for more than a decade, bringing scores of journalists to the agency for in-depth training and opportunities to build relationships with valuable sources of information.

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