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About Erica Tricarico

Managing Editor Erica Tricarico is a graduate of Howard University and the master’s program in journalism at CUNY. Tricarico comes to AHCJ from MJH Life Sciences in Cranbury, N.J., where she managed an editorial team producing content on animal care. Before that, she was a freelance health care reporter for Everyday Health.

AHCJ’s new patient safety core topic leader is veteran health care reporter

Mary Chris Jaklevic

Mary Chris Jaklevic, a Chicago-based independent health care journalist with nearly 30 years of experience, has joined AHCJ as its new patient safety core topic leader.

The former AHCJ board member will build upon the solid patient safety content produced by Kerry Dooley Young, who served in the role from May 2021-October 2022.

Jaklevic, who grew up near Detroit and moved to Chicago in 1994, has covered health care finance, clinical care and medical research for both expert and consumer audiences. She says her awareness of patient safety issues expanded when she worked at Healthnewsreview.org, where she and her team discovered that only 37% of news stories adequately addressed the harms of medical interventions such as drugs and devices. That’s when she decided to focus more of her reporting on this important topic.

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Trauma surgeon Dr. Jessica Beard to speak at Fall Summit in Chicago

Jessica Beard

Coverage of gun violence influences how people understand and respond to this public health issue. Close-ended coverage of individual shootings, for example, can retraumatize firearm injury survivors, making them feel exploited and dehumanized, says Jessica H. Beard, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., a public health researcher and a trauma surgeon at Temple University Hospital, one of the busiest trauma centers in the world.

Beard, director of research for the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting and a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow, will talk about how journalists can improve their coverage of and help prevent gun violence on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Reporting on Violence as a Public Health Issue: An AHCJ Summit in Chicago. Registration for virtual attendance at the summit is still open.

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Start digging: AHCJ’s hospitalfinances.org website is back online

Photo via hospitalfinances.org.

Hospitalfinances.org, a site AHCJ launched in 2018 to provide free, searchable financial information on nonprofit hospitals across the United States, is back online after a year-long hiatus.

“Hospitalfinances.org was designed to give the most useful parts of the IRS Form 990 to journalists with a few clicks,” said Karl Stark, a former AHCJ board president who worked with Jeff Porter, former director of education, to help build the site in 2018.

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Registration opens Monday for Chicago summit on violence as a public health issue

Approximately 45,222 Americans died from gun-related injuries in 2020, the highest recorded number in U.S. history, according to recent CDC data. Firearms were involved in 79% of all homicides and 53% of all suicides.

The suicide rate increased most for American Indian/Alaska Native people while the homicide rate grew most for Black people.

In spite of the risk that guns pose to households, one in five American families bought a handgun during the pandemic, according to University of Chicago NORC research.

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Closing health care gaps in rural America

Katti Gray, AHCJ’s core topic leader on mental health, moderates “Building the rural health care pipeline” panel at Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2022. Panelists Leslie Griffin, M.D., program director of family medicine residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga and Lisa D. Beasley, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., N.P.-C., R.N., assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and president of the Tennessee Nurses Association, are sitting to the right of the podium.

Imagine driving an hour for a colonoscopy. Because of limited access to health care, that’s the harsh reality for many people living in rural communities, said Leslie Griffin, M.D., program director of family medicine residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, during the “How to build a rural health pipeline” panel at AHCJ’s Rural Health Workshop 2022 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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