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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.

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.

D.C. chapter gets tips on covering Obamacare rollout

Photo by Morgan WalkerKaiser Health News’ Julie Appleby (center) talks with Georgetown University’s Sabrina Corlette at NPR.

With the opening of health care exchanges just days away, AHCJ’s Washington, D.C., chapter figured the time was ripe to share tips about how to cover the rollout of the latest part of health care overhaul.

About 40 journalists, most of them AHCJ members, attended the session at NPR’s new headquarters on Sept. 16.

They heard from some top health reporters, including Julie Rovner of NPR, Sarah Kliff of The Washington Post and Politico’s Joanne Kenen – who is AHCJ’s core topic leader on health reform – along with Sabrina Corlette from Georgetown University and a top White House adviser, who spoke off the record.

The event was put on in conjunction with the Alliance for Health Reform. Before the roundtable, journalists munched on appetizers and sipped wine, beer and soft drinks. Afterward, some journalists took tours of the NPR newsroom. Continue reading