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St. Louis AHCJ members recognized for coverage

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The St. Louis American was recognized by the Maternal Child and Family Health Coalition for “contributions to maternal and child health through print media,” earning a Standing Up for Mothers and Babies Award for its efforts. The coalition specifically recognized the twice-monthly health supplement. “Your Health Matters,” as providing “culturally appropriate, easily accessible information on health-related issues promoting health literacy and encouraging healthy choices.”

The supplement is reported by AHCJ member Sandra Jordan. Chris King, the St. Louis American‘s editorial director, also is a member of AHCJ and, like Jordan, is a former Midwest Health Journalism Program Fellow.

Furthermore, a story about a search for a match for a bone marrow transplant written by Jordan won second place, Best Health Story in the 2009 Better Newspaper Contest by the National Newspaper Association.