From hospitals to medical research to consumer trends, David Wahlberg covers the waterfront when it comes to health and health care.
Wahlberg (@davidkwahlberg) has covered these topics for about 20 years, and has worked at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison since 2005.
As a Kaiser Media Fellow in Health in 2009-10, Wahlberg wrote an 11-part series, “Out of reach: The rural health care gap,” that won a Sigma Chi Delta award from the Society of Professional Journalists. His five-part series in 2007, “Medical Misconnections: Patient-safety problems and solutions,” won a first-place award from the Association of Health Care Journalists. He has been a member of AHCJ for 10 years.
YEARS COVERING HEALTH:
RECENT STORIES INCLUDE:
A column, Health Sense, which I started after this year’s AHCJ conference.
A two-part series on nursing homes:
- Five county nursing home facilities had nine serious citations
- Green Houses aim to change the face of nursing home care
“Madison Without Borders,” a special section on global health – sidebars:
- UW’s Global Health Institute about more than meds and surgery
- Ethiopia: UW Hospital staff focuses on teaching emergency medicine
- Uganda: Class creates awareness of needs abroad and at home
- Bangladesh: Foundation empowers women diagnosed with breast cancer
- Kenya: Students, teachers promote Health by Motorbike
- Haiti: Earthquake inspires doctor to help workers help themselves
“Inside Out,” a two-part series about a rare birth defect:
- Fear strikes when Jefferson couple learns baby will have rare birth defect
- Atrazine link? Doctor sees ‘ominous trends,’ but no proof
- After surgery, Jefferson family begin anxious watch over son born with gastroschisis
- Cause & defect: Docs see links, but state officials say it costs too much to investigate
FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB:
The variety. I cover hospitals and clinics, medical research, health policy, public health, community health, consumer health, prevention programs, treatment trends, patient struggles and successes, disciplinary actions against providers and more. Continue reading