Prompted by Peter Pronovost’s keynote speech at Health Journalism 2010, The Oregonian‘s Joe Rojas-Burke has been digging through the data on hospital infection rates to be released in accordance with an Oregon law that went into effect last year. The final statewide reporting date comes later this month, but The Oregonian has early results for 11 local hospitals.
Peter Pronovost, M.D., delivers the keynote speech at Health Journalism 2010. (Photo: Pia Christensen/AHCJ)
As part of the story, Rojas-Burke profiled hospitals with particularly low infection rates, especially one which had joined the Stop BSI network championed by Pronovost last month at AHCJ’s conference in Chicago. AHCJ members can see a copy of Pronovost’s presentation here.
The story builds on several things Pronovost shared at the conference, including the program’s background and state-by-state participation statistics.
Other stories and blog posts related to Pronovost’s presentation:
AHCJ members can read more stories from the conference
A number of AHCJ members volunteered to write about Health Journalism 2010 for AHCJ.
Many others used information they learned at the conference to write stories for their own publications.
We’re in the process of compiling those reports, as well as photos and video from the conference. Visit our conference news page to read more about the event.
Video from Health Journalism 2010
- During a newsmaker briefing, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed the role of health journalists in communicating about the H1N1 pandemic and health reform to the public.
- In a panel about “Guidelines for writing about preventive health guidelines,” Len Lichtenfeld, M.D., M.A.C.P., deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, acknowledged the difficulty of conveying changing guidelines.
Coverage from Health Journalism 2010
A list of expected sessions for Health Journalism 2010 has been released and it includes panels and classes on the most timely health topics.
The conference, April 22-25 in Chicago, will feature sessions about finding and using health data, as well as how to map it, on Thursday. Field trips to see research and clinical work in the Chicago area are also planned for that day.
Panels on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will help reporters who are interested in tracking stimulus spending, understanding medical studies, comparative effectiveness research, conflicts of interest in medical research, vaccines, health reform, veterans’ issues, seniors and nursing homes and much more.
Conference registration for journalists is just $150 ($99 for students) and AHCJ negotiated a hotel rate of $139 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, the conference hotel. A number of fellowships will be offered as well.
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