Health Journalism 2018

04/12/18 - 04/15/18     Phoenix, AZ

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AHCJ celebrates 20 years with conference in the desert

More than 700 people attended the world’s premier training event for journalists interested in covering health care, medical  research, public health issues, consumer health, ethics and the business of health care.

Health Journalism 2018 hosted hundreds of reporters, editors, producers and news directors taking part in educational sessions, skills-building opportunities and career networking.

Spotlight speakers included:

John Carreyrou, Pulitzer Prize- and AHCJ Award-winning investigative reporter, The Wall Street Journal; author ,“Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup”

Donald K. Warne, M.D., M.P.H., chair, Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University; senior policy adviser of Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board

David Blumenthal, M.D., president, The Commonwealth Fund

Otis Brawley, M.D., M.A.C.P., chief medical and scientific officer and executive vice president, American Cancer Society

Wilson Bryan, M.D., director, Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Carolyn Jones, director and executive producer, Defining Hope

Mary L. Smith
member, Cherokee nation; former principal deputy director, Indian Health Service

Julie Willems Van Dijk, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N.
director, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps and RWJF Culture of Health Prize


Highlights included:

  • Panels, including:

    • The rise of gene therapy

    • States and health care in the age of Trump: Wishes and waivers

    • How hospital consolidations are affecting the cost of health care

    • What you need to know about reporting on Native American health issues

    • Special challenges of covering immigrant health

    • Free health data for journalists: How to make the most of it

    • Finding organization in the chaos of mass violence

    • The health care role ahead for artificial intelligence

    • How to evaluate hospital charity care and bad debt

    • The future of veterans’ health

    • Evolving pain control

    • Will Congress protect Medicare?

    • And dozens more panels, classes and workshops

  • Field trips

  • Annual journalism awards luncheon

  • Freelance PitchFest

  • Networking receptions

Conference location

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 North 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020