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Vaida to lead newest AHCJ core topic effort: infectious diseases

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

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

Bara Vaida

Bara Vaida, an independent journalist based in Washington, D.C., will lead AHCJ’s newest core topic on infectious diseases.

She will be guiding AHCJ members to the resources they need to cover the many aspects of covering infectious diseases through blog posts, tip sheets, articles and other material. The core topic area of healthjournalism.org will feature a glossary, a more lengthy explanation of key concepts, shared wisdom from other reporters, story ideas and more. Continue reading

Vesely to lead newest AHCJ core topic effort: health information technology

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

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

Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely, an independent journalist based in San Francisco, will lead AHCJ’s newest core topic on health information technology.

She will be guiding AHCJ members to the resources they need to cover the many aspects of health information technology through blog posts, tip sheets, articles and other material. The core topic area of healthjournalism.org will feature a glossary, a more lengthy explanation of key concepts, shared wisdom from other reporters, story ideas and more. Continue reading

Otto to lead AHCJ’s resources on oral health

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

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

Journalist Mary Otto will be AHCJ’s oral health topic leader, helping members stay on top of the news as it relates to this important but sometimes overlooked aspect of health care through timely blog posts, fact sheets, tip sheets and articles.

Mary Otto

Mary Otto

Otto is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist who began writing about oral health at The Washington Post, where she worked for eight years covering social issues including health care and poverty.

In 2007, she wrote the story of 12-year-old Deamonte Driver, a Maryland child covered by Medicaid who died after bacteria from a dental infection spread to his brain. The death of the boy spurred congressional hearings, a revamping of Maryland’s Medicaid dental system and increased attention to oral health access for Medicaid children nationwide.

After leaving the Post in a newsroom downsizing, Otto spent an academic year as a 2009-10 Knight Science Journalism Fellow studying oral health and public health at Harvard University. Her ongoing exploration of barriers to dental care in poor communities has been assisted by a California Endowment Dennis A. Hunt Fund grant.

Otto has continued to write about oral health and other health and social issues as a freelance writer for the Post, a contributing writer for an online publication for oral health professionals called DrBicuspid.com, and as the editor of Street Sense, a newspaper produced and sold by homeless men and women in Washington, D.C.

The oral health topic pages will join AHCJ’s Core Topic pages on health reform and aging. The Core Topic pages are an effort to curate the organization’s resources, data and story ideas using “topic champions” – lead editors – to shape this material into practical guidance in covering stories on those topics. The oral health effort will be made possible thanks to support from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Each specialty topic page includes glossaries, key concepts, reporting tip sheets, weekly blog items, first-person stories by fellow journalists, videos, data and more. The topic home page will serve as a launch pad to more resources, on healthjournalism.org and elsewhere.

Core TopicsHealth ReformAgingOther Topics

Future Core Topic pages will include:

  • Hospitals
  • Health Professionals
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Studies
  • … and several others.

Members are invited to contact Otto via email (mary@healthjournalism.org) with questions or suggestions about what to include on the core topic site.

What do you wish you knew about covering health reform?

Joanne Kenen

About Joanne Kenen

Joanne Kenen, (@JoanneKenen) the health editor at Politico, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health reform and curates related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on health reform resources and tip sheets at joanne@healthjournalism.org. Follow her on Facebook.

You’ll notice today that we have launched our Core Topic pages on health reform to offer helpful reporting resources.

Joanne KenenJoanne Kenen is AHCJ’s health reform topic leader. If you have questions or suggestions for future resources, please send them to joanne@healthjournalism.org.

One of the features is something called Shared Wisdom, where we tap into the insight of our members on some new ground, on a specific reporting angle or a coverage hurdle.

I will seek out these words of advice from you every so often and also welcome your questions for the brief insights you are seeking.

My first question to you: Tell me –  as a fellow reporter: “What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you during your first week on the health reform beat?

Send your thoughts, preferably in just 100-300 words, directly to me at joanne@healthjournalism.org. I will pick out useful thoughts to highlight on the site. Thanks for your help.

Graham to lead AHCJ’s resources on aging

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

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

Veteran health care journalist Judith Graham will be AHCJ’s topic leader in building new resources for journalists covering aging.

Judith Graham

Judith Graham

Graham, who was at the Chicago Tribune for 14 years, will write tip sheets and background briefs, recognize important reporting on the issue, ask other journalists to share their experience on the topic and she will curate lists of resources for journalists.

She will encourage and review suggestions from AHCJ members on what resources they need to cover this increasingly important beat.

We’ve asked Graham to introduce herself:

I’m a long-time journalist who started writing about health care finance and policy in the mid-1980s when this was a new beat, with only a handful of reporters tracking it closely across the country. Over dozens of years, I’ve reported on Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, chronic care, patient safety, public health, efforts to improve health care quality, end of life care, and the business of health care, among other topics.

Understanding aging is both a personal and professional passion of mine. On the personal front, my mother had multiple sclerosis for 63 years and very early in life, I came to understand how the health care system fails people with long-term chronic illnesses. As a caregiver, I dealt for years with problems that frail, older people experience – finding transportation to medical appointments, uncoordinated medical care, securing reliable home health assistance, debilitating isolation, dealing with insurance hassles, and more.

For the past year, I’ve authored a monthly column on aging for the Tribune Co. newspapers, which was distributed widely across the country. Also, I’ve hosted more than half a dozen hour-long Web chats on aging issues and written extensively about these topics on my blog, Triage (now discontinued), and in the news pages of the Chicago Tribune, where I was a senior health and medicine reporter until recently.

Please feel free to contact me via email (judith@healthjournalism.org) with questions or suggestions about how to improve this site. I’m eager to make it as useful to you as possible.