Tag Archives: veterans

Media can make a difference in veterans’ health, #AHCJ16 panelists say

Photo: Susan Heavey/AHCJDr. Joseph Calabrese spoke at Health Journalism 2016 about veterans health issues.

Photo: Susan Heavey/AHCJDr. Joseph Calabrese spoke at Health Journalism 2016 about veterans health issues.

The irony was hard not to notice.

For more than an hour, an expert panel addressed a roomful of journalists at AHCJ’s annual Health Journalism 2016 on health barriers for military veterans.

An important one appears to be a reluctance among vets to talk about certain health problems, especially those seen as potentially stigmatizing.

Yet there we were talking about it: trauma. post-traumatic stress disorder, depression. Continue reading

Vietnam veterans fight for coverage of illnesses that might be Agent Orange-related

Photo: National Academy of SciencesC-123 planes were used to spray herbicides, including Agent Orange, during Operation Ranch Hand in Vietnam.

Photo: National Academy of SciencesC-123 planes were used to spray herbicides, including Agent Orange, during Operation Ranch Hand in Vietnam.

ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein and Terry Parris Jr., with The Virginian-Pilot’s Mike Hixenbaugh, have been covering the impact of Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans and their efforts to get health coverage for conditions they believe are linked to their exposure to the herbicides. “Reliving Agent Orange” finds that many are still fighting to get coverage for themselves and their children. Continue reading

VA official addresses journalists in wake of critical article #AHCJ16

Photo: Len Bruzzese/AHCJDavid J. Shulkin spoke at Health Journalism 2016, pointing out some of the agencies successes.

Photo: Len Bruzzese/AHCJDavid J. Shulkin spoke at Health Journalism 2016, pointing out some of the agencies successes.

David Shulkin, M.D., undersecretary of health for the Department of Veterans Affairs, faced two challenges at his Newsmaker Briefing on Friday morning.

He had to compete with a free breakfast buffet with fruit, eggs, bacon, ham, pastries, oatmeal, potatoes and more (thanks, Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation).

And there was this page-one, above-the-fold headline in USA Today:VA bosses falsified veterans’ wait times.” Continue reading

Planning for AHCJ’s annual conference with an eye on disparities

Stokes Federal Courthouse - Superior Avenue Bridge - Shoreway Bridge - Cleveland Ohio via photopin (license)Cleveland, home to both the well-known Cleveland Clinic medical center and areas still reeling from the loss of manufacturing jobs, hosts AHCJ’s 2016 conference, which will offer many opportunities for journalists to explore the social determinants of health, from infrastructure to trauma.

Stokes Federal Courthouse – Superior Avenue Bridge – Shoreway Bridge – Cleveland Ohio via photopin (license)Cleveland, home to areas still reeling from the loss of manufacturing jobs, hosts AHCJ’s 2016 conference, which will offer many opportunities for journalists to explore the social determinants of health, from infrastructure to trauma.

Think of Cleveland, as a health reporter, and your first thought jump to the Cleveland Clinic, the group of well-known medical centers rated one of the nation’s most premier hospitals (and one of the hosts for AHCJ’s conference in the city April 7-10.)

Yet the four-day event in the heart of Cleveland will also examine many facets of health care (or lack thereof) for vulnerable populations. Continue reading

Panel looks to Medicaid as possible housing partner to boost health

Is housing a prescription for better health for the poor? And, if so, who pays for it?

That was the question before a several experts this month at briefing on Capitol Hill. Hosted by the Alliance for Health Reform, a nonpartisan health policy group, the panel examined the role of Medicaid and housing, and how the joint federal-state program also could be used to provide more stable housing with the goal of boosting health. Continue reading