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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.

NYC’s first lady delivers message especially for journalists

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Chirlane McCray, the first lady of New York City, talked about efforts to improve mental health programs in urban areas at AHCJ’s Urban Health Journalism Workshop in New York on Oct. 19. She chatted with independent journalist Katti Gray following her keynote address. Continue reading

Fellows chosen for 2018 National Cancer Reporting Fellowships

A dozen journalists have been chosen for the 2018 class of the National Cancer Reporting Fellowships. AHCJ will be presenting the fellowships with expertise from the National Cancer Institute and others. The program is being supported by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

The fellows will spend four days on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., to increase their understanding of and ability to report accurately on complex scientific findings, provide insight into the work of cancer researchers and to better localize cancer-related stories. Continue reading

New fellowship program compares international health systems

The Association of Health Care Journalists has announced a new pilot fellowship program to help veteran U.S.-based journalists compare elements of the U.S. health system with those of other countries. The AHCJ International Health Study Fellowships, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, provides for training as well as international field reporting assistance.

The program for mid-career journalists is intended to give 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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AHCJ member news: New jobs, fellowships, awards and more for health journalists

This edition of member news includes accomplishments from AHCJ members Ken Alltucker, Jeanette Beebe, Suzanne Bohan, Helene Epstein, Liza Gross, Catherine Guthrie, Phyllis Hanlon, Markian Hawryluk, Christine Herman, Harriet Hodgson, Tayla Holman, Stephanie Innes, Jason Kane, Prerna Mona Khanna, David Levine, Doug Levy, Jane Palmer, Katja Ridderbusch, Lara Salahi, Laura Santhanam, Joanne Silberner, Don Tepper and Lynne Terry. Continue reading

Covering Florence: Resources on hurricanes and natural disasters

Those living in North Carolina, South Carolina and southern Virginia are in the bull’s-eye of Hurricane Florence. Given the forecast for excessive flooding, it is likely people in those states will be dealing with the aftermath for awhile.

Even if you’re not reporting on an affected location, this may be a good time to ask some questions of your local public health leaders and write about disaster preparedness issues. Continue reading

Comparative Effectiveness Research Fellows named for 2018

Eleven journalists have been chosen for the fourth class of the AHCJ Fellowship on Comparative Effectiveness Research. The fellowship program was created with support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to help reporters and editors produce more accurate in-depth stories on medical research and how medical decisions are made.

The fellows will gather in Washington, D.C., the week of Oct. 7 for a series of presentations, roundtables, how-to database sessions and interactions with researchers.

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