Incumbents beginning a new two-year term are Jeanne Erdmann, a Missouri-based freelancer; Felice Freyer, The Boston Globe; Gideon Gil, Stat; Marlene Harris-Taylor, WVIZ/PBS Ideastream; Maryn McKenna, an Atlanta-based freelancer; and Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The six journalists were the only ones to declare their candidacy in time to run for the six open spots, precluding the need for an election. Independent journalist Irene Wielawski chose not to run for re-election. The new term of office will begin July 1.
Qualified AHCJ members can now declare their candidacy for the organization’s board of directors.
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The AHCJ board of directors elected a new set of officers for 2013-15 to take their seats this week.
Karl Stark of The Philadelphia Inquirer was named president, Ivan Oransky of MedPage Today was named vice president, Felice J. Freyer of The Providence Journal was named treasurer and Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News was named secretary. Charles Ornstein of ProPublica, and board president for the past four years, remains on the board. He did not seek another officer position.
A new board was seated after July elections by the entire AHCJ membership. The board members then voted on officers.
Other members of the board of directors are Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News; Carla K. Johnson of The Associated Press; Maryn McKenna, an independent journalist and author; Irene Wielawski, an independent journalist from Pound Ridge, N.Y.; Gideon Gil of The Boston Globe; Scott Hensley of NPR; Andy Miller of Georgia Health News.
Six of the 12 director positions come up for election each year for two-year terms. Incumbent board members are allowed to run for re-election.
Service on the board is a serious commitment. It has commensurate rewards (but no pay). In addition to participating in two in-person board meetings each year and occasional conference calls, board members are responsible for making decisions about association policies and statements, as well as working with the executive director on training projects, financial matters and other efforts to achieve AHCJ’s strategic goals.
Board members take on committee duties and contribute to association activities, including fundraising, advocacy, helping plan sessions at training events, membership outreach and writing/editing contributions. They may be asked to play a role in other association projects that arise. They also are asked to show their support through an annual donation to the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, although there is no minimum required.
Scott Hensley, NPR’s Shots blog writer and editor, joins five incumbents in being seated on the Association of Health Care Journalists’ 2012-13 board of directors.
Incumbents starting a new two-year term include AHCJ Secretary Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News; AHCJ Treasurer Ivan Oransky, M.D., Reuters Health; Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News; Andy Miller, Georgia Health News; and Irene Wielawski, independent journalist. Immediate Past President Trudy Lieberman, a longtime board member and contributing editor for Columbia Journalism Review, chose not to run for re-election.
Hensley has served on AHCJ’s membership committee since 2009 and helped refine its membership rules. Longtime Covering Health readers will remember that Hensley contributed to this blog for several months in 2009.
Before joining NPR in the summer of 2009, he was the founding editor of The Wall Street Journal‘s Health Blog after several years of print reporting for the Journal and previously a reporter at Modern Healthcare and American Banker.
The newly seated board members join those elected last year for two-year terms: AHCJ President Charles Ornstein, ProPublica; Vice President Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Felice Freyer, The Providence Journal; Gideon Gil, The Boston Globe; Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Press; and Maryn McKenna, independent journalist.
The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. AHCJ is housed at the Missouri School of Journalism.