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Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2017

06/09/17     Cincinnati, OH

Free workshop focuses on covering rural America

AHCJ’s ninth Rural Health Journalism Workshop will bring journalists together with health care and policy experts who focus on the medical challenges of rural areas.

Leave with a better understanding of what’s happening – or will be happening – in rural regions, and return to work with dozens of story ideas you can pursue.

This special one-day, no-fee workshop will help you find and cover health stories in rural America.

This workshop will be 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 9 at the Millennium Hotel, Cincinnati, with breakfast and lunch provided. Early-bird registration ended June 1, but you may register onsite by bringing the completed registration form with you.

Hear about county-level data

Julie Willems Van Dijk

The luncheon speaker will be Julie Willems Van Dijk, the director of County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, an annual measure of vital health factors revealing a snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play.

The rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income inequality, and teen births.

Travel assistance

Although the workshop is free to attend and includes two meals, we understand some journalists may still need assistance to get to Cincinnati. We do have a limited amount of stipend funding to assist with travel for those in need. Send an email to and tell us where you are coming from and why you need some help.

See what past attendees had to say:

  • I flew from the East Coast for this workshop and it was worth every minute. It's invaluable to me as a health reporter to sit in these sessions and learn more about complicated topics without the added burden of turning around and writing a daily news story. I also really enjoyed networking with other health reporters.

  • The workshop was wonderful. I learned so many interesting things and I enjoyed that the speakers focused in on the "key takeaways." They mostly stayed away from getting lost in the weeds and gave us some macro-focused information.

  • Very focused on a particularly challenging area of access to health care.