Missouri State of Health
01/29/10 Jefferson City, MO
Breakfast briefing: Health and Census demographics
• Dennis Johnson, Kansas City Region director, U.S. Census Bureau (PDF of presentation)
Health policy briefing with legislative leaders
News briefing: Mental health in Missouri
• Keith Schafer, director, Department of Mental Health (PDF of presentation)
• Scott Perkins, coordinator, Youth Suicide Prevention project for the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (PDF of presentation)
12:30 –2:30 p.m. (Lunch)
Lunch briefing: Missouri health status report
• Margaret Donnelly, director, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (PDF of presentation)
Friday, Jan. 29
Jefferson City, Mo.
Capitol Plaza Hotel
415 West McCarty St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(near the state capitol | map )
A day devoted to journalists across Missouri will give access to state officials and health experts with a focus on improving health reporting. The news-breaking event will provide journalists with the tools needed to improve the depth and amount of coverage focused on critical state and local health issues. The seminars will provide journalists from Missouri insight into state government's role in health policy. The journalists will leave the event with stories for their newsrooms right away, plus solid ideas for future health-related stories. Attendees will hear the latest on a variety of topics, especially important during a time when health – from reform to H1N1 – makes news every day.
Just a few of the topics we plan to cover:
Upcoming health priorities in state government
Health status of Missouri residents
How will health reform impact your state?
Health-related legislation for the upcoming session
The day's events from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. will include breakfast and lunch. All Missouri journalists are invited to attend. While there are no registration fees, to reserve meals and obtain credentials for the event, send an RSVP via this online form. Call 573-884-5606 with any questions.
The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association has a membership of more than 900 journalists across the United States and around the world. The Missouri State of Health is a new and exciting extension of AHCJ's Midwest Health Journalism Fellowship Program. The goals include a better-educated public and more accountability for policymakers.
Supporters for the Midwest Health Journalism Fellowship Program include:
- The Kansas Health Foundation, Wichita, Kan.
The Sunflower Foundation, Topeka, Kan.
The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Hutchinson, Kan.
REACH Healthcare Foundation, Merriam, Kan.
Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.
Missouri Foundation for Health, St. Louis