Category Archives: AHCJ news

Webinar: A White House Q&A on Monkeypox

Demetre Daskalakis, M.D., M.P.H.

The number of new monkeypox cases has declined since this summer, but many questions remain about symptoms, transmission, vaccines, treatments and whether the virus that causes the disease can mutate.

For health journalists covering the evolving monkeypox story, AHCJ’s webinar on Sept. 22 at noon EST provides a great opportunity to get answers to some of your questions by asking White House National Monkeypox Response Deputy Coordinator Demetre Daskalakis, M.D, M.P.H.

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Get involved in AHCJ: Join a committee!

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If you’ve been thinking about getting involved with AHCJ, now is the time!

AHCJ relies on several committees, staffed with board members and other volunteers from the membership, to help us remain relevant to health journalists, financially viable, a strong voice for openness and transparency, and, above all, an indispensable resource. 

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Registration opens Monday for Chicago summit on violence as a public health issue

Approximately 45,222 Americans died from gun-related injuries in 2020, the highest recorded number in U.S. history, according to recent CDC data. Firearms were involved in 79% of all homicides and 53% of all suicides.

The suicide rate increased most for American Indian/Alaska Native people while the homicide rate grew most for Black people.

In spite of the risk that guns pose to households, one in five American families bought a handgun during the pandemic, according to University of Chicago NORC research.

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Nonprofit news publisher named AHCJ’s executive director

Kelsey Ryan, founder of The Beacon, will head AHCJ.

AHCJ has named Kelsey Ryan, the founder and publisher of a nonprofit online news network and a former health care reporter, as the organization’s executive director.

Chosen after a national search, Ryan replaces Andrew Smiley, who resigned in January. She will start on Sept. 6.

“Kelsey brings the exact mix of skills that we were looking for,” said Felice J. Freyer, AHCJ board president and chair of the search committee. “She has proven ability in running a nonprofit and raising money — and she also has worked as a journalist and shares our commitment to journalistic ethics.”

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Applications open for 2022-2023 Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowship

National Science-Health-Environment Reporting FellowshipsAre you an early-career journalist interested in boosting your knowledge of science, health or environmental reporting? AHCJ is now accepting applications for its 2022-2023 National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships (SHERF) program.

In collaboration with the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) and the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), AHCJ is pleased to once again offer this year-long development opportunity to early-career journalists pursuing — or who have a strong interest in pursuing —deep dives in science, health, or environmental reporting, or all three.

The yearlong program offers the selected fellows niche workshops, customized webinars, registration to national conferences, access to unique resources, and individual professional mentors to assist with career development.

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