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Boulton, Wahlberg named Kaiser Media Fellows

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AHCJ members Guy Boulton, a business reporter covering health care and health insurance for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and David Wahlberg, a health and medicine reporter at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, Wis., are among nine journalists selected as 2009 Kaiser Media Fellows.

The fellows will focus on health policy issues, attending briefings with experts and working on in-depth projects . They also will get training in multimedia reporting techniques.

Boulton’s in-depth reporting will concentrate on efficiency and effectiveness in medical care. Wahlberg will look at challenges in providing health care services to rural communities.

The other fellows and their projects:

  • Lawrence K. Altman, M.D., “The Doctor’s World” columnist and former senior medical correspondent, The New York Times. Reporting on the health of presidential and political candidates.
  • Paula Andalo, managing editor, El Tiempo Latino, Washington, D.C. The role community clinics play in providing care for Hispanic immigrants.
  • Allison Aubrey, health correspondent, National Public Radio, Washington, D.C. Creating a culture of wellness: what are the key steps needed?
  • Sindya N. Bhanoo, freelance contributor, The Washington Post Health Section,
    San Francisco. eHealth-balancing the benefits of electronic medical records with privacy concerns.
  • Monique Fields, metro reporter, The Birmingham (Ala.) News. The Mental Health Parity Act and its impact on mental health care in Alabama.
  • Mark N. Trahant, freelance journalist, former editorial page editor, Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Examining the Indian Health Service and its relevance to the national health reform debate.
  • Anita Wadhwani, freelance journalist, Nashville. Cuts to the TennCare program and the impact on patients.

The Kaiser Media Fellowships in Health program is run by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.