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Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Fellows on Women’s Health named for 2019

Seven journalists have been selected for the Association of Health Care Journalists’ inaugural Fellowship on Women’s Health, to be held in Washington, D.C., in early November.

The fellowship program was created in collaboration with the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health to increase understanding of – and the ability to report more clearly on – health issues often unique to women.

The fellowship is aimed at boosting the ability of consumer and trade journalists to report more accurately, seek out more in-depth stories and to make better use of often-underutilized resources in their efforts to inform the public. The inaugural class of fellows were selected from dozens of qualified applicants:

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Former NLM director helped create AHCJ-NLM Health Journalism Fellowships

Donald A.B. Lindberg

Donald A.B. Lindberg

Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., 85, the director emeritus of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) within the U.S. National Institutes of Health whose support helped create an important fellowship program with AHCJ, died on Aug. 16 from head injuries after a fall at his home.

Lindberg was instrumental in the creation of the Association of Health Care Journalists-NLM Fellowship program in 2008 and often met with the journalists who were selected as fellows.

Lindberg was NLM’s director for 31 years from 1984-2015. He was the founding director of the White House High Performance Computing and Communications Program from 1992-95. Continue reading

Applications accepted for 2019 AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowship

The Association of Health Care Journalists is accepting applications for the 2019 AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowships.

AHCJ has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention once again to present this national fellowship program for journalists. Up to 10 fellows will be selected to study public health issues at CDC’s campuses.

The program – made possible with the support of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust – will take place Dec. 1-5 in Atlanta.

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CMS head Verma briefs reporters; audio available through AHCJ

Seema Verma, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,  sat down with 25 reporters on Thursday in a “pen and pad” session.

Verma answered questions on topics ranging from Medicaid work requirements to Medicare for All and hospital transparency. Continue reading

Apply for fellowship to compare health systems in U.S., Europe

The Association of Health Care Journalists is accepting applications for the second class of AHCJ International Health Study Fellowships.

The fellowships are intended to help veteran U.S.-based journalists compare elements of the U.S. health system with those of similarly developed countries – for this year, in Europe. The program, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, provides for training as well as international field reporting assistance.

The program for mid-career journalists gives print, broadcast and online reporters an opportunity to study how one element of the U.S. health care system is handled in another country and to report on the differences. Fellows will be able to interview patients, health care providers and policymakers both in the United States and abroad.

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Application period opens for AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance

The Association of Health Care Journalists is accepting applications for the 2020 AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance. The program, in its 10th year, is meant to help journalists understand and report on the performance of local health care markets and the U.S. health system as a whole.

The fellowship program, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, is intended to give experienced print, broadcast and online reporters an opportunity to pursue significant projects in 2020 that concentrate on the performance of health care systems – or significant parts of those systems – locally, regionally or nationally. The fellows are able to examine policies, practices and outcomes, as well as the roles of various stakeholders.

Past projects have included in-depth examinations of a state mental health care system, state attempts at Medicaid expansion, maternal mortality, how states handle opioid addiction and treatment, what leads some rural hospitals to fail while others survive and more.

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