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Phil Galewitz

About Phil Galewitz

Phil Galewitz (@philgalewitz), is a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News covering Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care, hospitals and state health issues. He is a former member of AHCJ's board of directors.

Washington, D.C., chapter event brings record turnout

Photo: Phil GalewitzHealth journalists and communications professionals from several health organizations attended an informal rooftop gathering in Washington, D.C., on June 2.

Photo: Phil GalewitzHealth journalists and communications professionals from several health organizations attended an informal rooftop gathering in Washington, D.C., on June 2.

More than 100 people, including about 50 health journalists, turned out on June 2 for the AHCJ Washington, D.C., chapter rooftop happy hours with senior communications staff from more than a dozen health organizations.

It was the third annual event held at the Pennsylvania Avenue rooftop overlooking the White House. Continue reading

D.C. chapter learns how ACA affects craft brewery, other small businesses

Photo: Phil Galewitz

Photo: Phil Galewitz

About 25 Washington, D.C., area journalists met on Sept. 30 to learn about how the Affordable Care Act was affecting a local brewery and discover how the district’s health insurance exchange was working to help such small employers gain coverage for their employees. Continue reading

D.C. journalists gather, meet with pharmaceutical representatives

Photo: Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health NewsWashington, D.C., health journalists got together to catch up and make contact with communications official from several pharmaceutical companies on March 18.

Photo: Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health NewsWashington, D.C., health journalists got together to catch up and make contact with communications official from several pharmaceutical companies on March 18.

About 25 journalists gathered on March 18 at Bistro d’Oc in Washington, D.C.,  for an AHCJ chapter happy hours event with top communications officials with PhRMA and several of its member pharmaceutical companies.

Photo: Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health NewsJulie Appleby (left), of Kaiser Health News, and  Laurie McGinley, of The Washington Post, with a representative of Bristol-Myers Squibb at the Washington, D.C., AHCJ chapter event on March 18.

Photo: Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health NewsJulie Appleby (left), of Kaiser Health News, and Laurie McGinley, of The Washington Post, with a representative of Bristol-Myers Squibb at the Washington, D.C., AHCJ chapter event on March 18.

There was no formal program, just a chance to meet PhrMA officials and representatives of companies that included Novo Nordisk, GlaxoSmithKline and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Journalists from The Washington Post, Kaiser Health News, Politico, U.S. News & World Reports and Inside Health Policy were among those in attendance. AHCJ helped cover costs for journalists, who were asked for a voluntary $10 to defray expenses.

The event marked the third D.C. chapter event since December. For more info on  D.C. chapter events, contact Phil Galewitz at pgalewitz@kff.org.

Photo: Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health NewsJulie Appleby and Mary Agnes Carey, both of Kaiser Health News, and Laurie McGinley, of The Washington Post, (left to right) were among the journalists who attended the March 18 AHCJ chapter event.

Photo: Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health NewsJulie Appleby and Mary Agnes Carey, both of Kaiser Health News, and Laurie McGinley, of The Washington Post, (left to right) were among the journalists who attended the March 18 AHCJ chapter event.

D.C. journalists gather for annual holiday celebration

In  one of the best attended D.C. chapter events, nearly 50 health journalists, along with several industry and government officials, gathered at The Watergate in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4 to toast the holiday season.

The National Journal and its health reporters,  Sophie Novack and Sam Baker, hosted the event at their offices overlooking The Kennedy Center. Journalists from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Kaiser Health News, The Huffington Post and U.S. News & World Reports were among those in attendance.

Senior communications officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The White House , PhRma and the National Pharmaceutical Council gathered at the chapter event which featured beer from Belgium and the greater Washington, D.C., area. There was no formal program. The event allowed journalists to network with one another and industry and government officials.

D.C. chapter members mingle at rooftop happy hour

Photo: Phil GalewitzRachana Dixit of Inside Health Policy, Carol Eisenberg of Kaiser Health News, Rebecca Adams of CQ and Christine Stencel of Patient‑Centered Outcomes Research Institute (l-r) attended the happy hour event

Photo: Phil Galewitz  Kyla Campbell of Cox Media, Suzanne Ffolkes of Research America, Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News and Michael Posey of the American Pharmacists Association (l-r) posed with the Washington Monument.

Photo: Phil GalewitzRachana Dixit of Inside Health Policy, Carol Eisenberg of Kaiser Health News, Rebecca Adams of CQ and Christine Stencel of Patient‑Centered Outcomes Research Institute (l-r) attended the happy hour event

Photo: Phil GalewitzRachana Dixit of Inside Health Policy, Carol Eisenberg of Kaiser Health News, Rebecca Adams of CQ and Christine Stencel of Patient‑Centered Outcomes Research Institute (l-r) attended the happy hour event.

At an AHCJ D.C. chapter meeting on May 14, about 35 journalists gathered on a rooftop on Pennsylvania Avenue with a view of the White House. The journalists had an informal happy hour event with about 25 communications officials from patient advocacy and industry groups ranging from The National Pharmaceutical Council, American Nurses Association, American Medical Association, PhRma and The Obesity Society.

The meeting helped people get to know the people and organizations they cover and, possibly to spark some new relationships and story ideas. Attendees noshed on salsa, chips, cheese and wine and craft beer.

Among the news organizations represented at the event were Kaiser Health News, Politico, the Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press and The Dallas Morning News.