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Health Journalism 2021

10/28/21 - 10/31/21     Austin, TX

Oct. 28-31, 2021

Hilton Austin

Health Journalism 2021 is scheduled for Oct. 28-31 at the downtown Hilton in Austin, Texas.

The coronavirus pandemic will be a topic of panels and workshops for the conference, but it also will be central for conference planners in their efforts to maintain sensible precautions and best serve AHCJ members.

To that end, this year’s conference will be offered both in person and virtually. As a member, you will be able to register for the option that makes the most sense for your personal circumstances. Regardless of how you attend, you can participate in valuable educational sessions and networking opportunities with peers.

See more information about registration and the health and safety precautions we're taking.

The conference will feature sessions covering the latest topics in medical science, health policy, public health, medical education, consumer health and the business of health care.

Photo: Rob Stalnaker via Flickr

Among many others panels being planned, sessions will explore:

  • What the pandemic taught us about the importance of social connection among the aging; 

  • How COVID-19 underscored the importance of sex differences in health;

  • The climate crisis and public health;

  • New frontiers in harm reduction;

  • The promise and limitations of telehealth;

  • What's being done to reduce burnout among health care providers;

  • How to report on racism as an obstacle to health equity;

  • Rising violence as a public health problem;

  • The increase in mental and behavioral health concerns.

Freelance PitchFest: AHCJ is planning to invite editors from top magazines, newspapers and websites to hear your ideas at the Freelance PitchFest. Watch for announcements with details in coming months as we plan a safe session where you can discuss your ideas one-on-one with editors from selected publications.

The conference will also include recognition of the winners of the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.

Call for ideas

AHCJ is gathering ideas for conference workshops and panels. Please submit suggestions before March 19.

Click here for your opportunity to submit ideas for consideration.