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Jeff Porter

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.

Contest kickoff: Accepting entries for Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

It’s now easier than ever to enter your best work in the premier contest for health journalism. The Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism – recognizing the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media – today launched a new online platform for contest entries.

First-place winners earn $500 and a framed certificate. They also receive complimentary lodging for two nights and registration for the annual conference, April 30-May 3, 2020, in Austin. Winners are recognized at the annual awards luncheon. Continue reading

Health Journalism 2019 field trips offer high-tech research, real-life health care

Bus rides in Baltimore for Health Journalism 2019 attendees are offering visits to a clinic focusing on serving sex workers, a design studio bringing biomedical engineering ideas to life and a regenerative medicine lab. They’ll have the chance to practice hands-on administration of Narcan and see firsthand innovative ways to provide health care to the homeless.

Those are just some of the offerings of two optional daylong field trips to Johns Hopkins University sites – Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Medicine and university labs – plus Baltimore’s Health Care for the Homeless site. Continue reading

October workshop will explore how urban life affects health

Chirlane McCray

The first lady of New York will keynote AHCJ’s Urban Health Journalism Workshop in October. Chirlane McCray, the founder of comprehensive mental health plan ThriveNYC, as well as the wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio, will talk about addressing behavioral health issues in the city.

She also spearheads the Cities Thrive Coalition of mayors, with representation from more than 150 cities from all 50 states, advocating for a more integrated and better-funded behavioral health system. Continue reading

AHCJ seeks ideas for Health Journalism 2019

Now is the time to send in your ideas for the Health Journalism 2019 conference, set for May 2-5 in Baltimore.

We want to make sure you have the chance to submit your ideas for the conference. We’re looking for general topic ideas, specific panel thoughts, workshops and potential speakers.

Click here to go to the conference page, then choose the link in the “Call for ideas” section. Please be sure to get your ideas in before the deadline: Sept. 15. Continue reading

New hospital inspection reports released: Database has more than 30,000 records

HospitalInspections.orgFor more than five years, the Association of Health Care Journalists has been updating quarterly the website, where the public can search and review hospital inspection reports.

With this month’s update, the database now includes 30,541 records of hospital inspection results, covering from January 2011 into June 2018. Most of the records include a detailed report on each deficiency found in hospitals. Continue reading

Experts discussed rural health topics at workshop

Photo: Len Bruzzese/AHCJHannah Koch, Psy.D., research and technical assistance associate, Mental Health Program, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

AHCJ’s 10th annual Rural Health Journalism Workshop brought journalists to North Carolina’s Research Triangle to hear from experts who offered resources and story ideas about the health challenges facing the United States’ 47 million rural residents.

Nearly 70 attended the all-day workshop, gaining a better understanding of what’s happening – or will be happening – in rural regions. Continue reading