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AHCJ 2003 Conference

03/15/03 - 03/18/03     San Francisco, CA

Logo: 2003 ConferenceThe program included 31 sessions with more than 60 speakers. Download a PDF version of the program.

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Conference Proceedings

When Terrorism Strikes: Reporting the Story
This session was aimed at helping journalists avoid pitfalls and get the scoop when covering medical disasters. It's available as an MP3 file.

Low or Lost Libido: Treating Women's Desire Disorders
In the last 20 years, low libido and loss of sexual desire have emerged as major sexual issues. Both men and women have this problem, but it afflicts many more women.

An Overview of the Mind-Body Approach to Female Sexual Dissatisfaction
By Laura A. C. Berman, LCSW, PhD, Clinical Professor, OBGYN, Psychiatry, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Director, Berman Center, Chicago, IL. Download the presentation in PDF format.

Female Sexual Health
Mary Lake Polan, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Stanford University, School of Medicine. Download the presentation in PDF format.

Balance or ballyhoo in coverage of new drugs
There is evidence that some newspapers and broadcasts are still more promotional than skeptical in the news coverage of some new technologies in health care. One of the worst traps seems to occur in the coverage of pharmaceutical clinical trials. Presenation from Gary Schwitzer, University of Minnesota, School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Download the presentation in PDF format.

Mark Schoofs won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for a series on AIDS in Africa when he worked for the Village Voice. Now a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, Schoofs is a Kaiser Visiting Fellow and on a year’s leave to write a book on global AIDS. Download his speech and slides (both in PDF format).

Riding the Winds of Change: John Kitzhaber
John Kitzhaber, whose last term as governor of Oregon ended in January, is a former ER doctor whose administration produced the Oregon Health Plan, an evidence-based state formulary and other groundbreaking health policies. Download the speech in PDF format.

E-Health: Hope or Hype
David J. Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, CareScience, Principal Investigator, Clinical Data Sharing Project. Download the presentation in PDF format.

Trials and Tribulations
Jill Wechsler, Washington Editor, Applied Clinical Trials magazine. Download the presentation in PDF format.

HIPAA Boot Camp: The Basics of HIPAA for Health Care Journalists
Jim Moynihan, McLure-Moynihan Inc. Download the presentation in PDF format.

Audio versions of three plenary presentations are available for purchase on a CD-ROM. The cost is $5 for conference attendees, $20 for AHCJ members who didn't attend the conference and $30 for anyone else. To order, send an e-mail to or call 612-624-8877. The CD-ROM includes:

Surgeon General Richard Carmona. You'll want to listen to this. He tells his life story, which influences the policy decisions he makes. This is an engaging speech. The AV guy who recorded it came up and THANKED us because this speech was so compelling. Download the mp3 file.

John Kitzhaber, the former governor of Oregon, held us in rapt attention. He offers a provocative view of the health system. This speech will give any reporter who covers consumer health, medical research, the business of health and health policy some important insights. Includes Q&A.

Mark Schoofs, a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter for the Wall Street Journal on leave as a Visiting Kaiser Fellow to write a book about the global impact of AIDS. Includes Q&A. Schoofs takes an old subject and offers a smart, sophisticated take on the AIDS problem. He also presents some concrete ideas for reporting on AIDS from any part of the country. You can also download pdf versions of Schoofs' dynamic speech and slides. Includes Q& A.