Health Journalism 2008

03/27/08 - 03/30/08     Washington, DC

  Post-conference news:

Elizabeth Edwards, keynote speaker
Elizabeth Edwards

Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid

Michael Leavitt
Michael Leavitt

Georges Benjamin Georges Benjamin, M.D.


• Keynote speaker Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards will address attendees at the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism Luncheon.

Newsmaker Briefing: A candid conversation with actor Dennis Quaid, whose twins were recently the victims of a medical error.

• Newsmaker briefing with Michael Leavitt, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Hospital Quality Alliance and Leavitt will make a major announcement Friday at Health Journalism 2008. To help you put the material in context, we have added two breakfast briefings in the morning at which officials will discuss the announcement and what it means for consumers. The comments from the briefing are EMBARGOED until 3 p.m. Eastern time to coincide with the secretary's address. The breakfast briefings are for conference registrants only. The secretary's press conference is open to credentialed press.

Newsmaker briefing: Public health blueprint for tackling climate change with Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director of the American Public Health Association, and other public health experts.

Field trips: Choose from two outstanding field trips

Special workshop on mapping health

A Freelance PitchFest in which writers will have an opportunity to pitch ideas to assigning editors

A Friday luncheon and roundtable discussion on Election 2008 and health reform

... as well as dozens of panel sessions on medical research, public health, the business of health, consumer health issues and journalism techniques.

More than 400 people attended last year's conference and some events generated immediate stories and sources for our members.

Come take advantage of:

• Informative panels
• Workshops
• Field Trips
• Press Conferences

• Latest Resources
• Networking
• Story Ideas
and lots more!

Hosted by:

Georgetown University Medical Center
and Georgetown University Hospital

Endowing Sponsor:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Sponsors include:

bullet American Journal of Nursing
bullet California HealthCare Foundation
bullet The California Endowment
bullet The California Wellness Foundation
bullet The Commonwealth Fund
bullet Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making
bullet Johns Hopkins Institutions
bullet Kaiser Family Foundation
bullet Missouri Foundation for Health
bullet Montefiore Medical Center
bullet Picker Institute
bullet RTI International

If you have hotel or general conference questions, please contact Ev Ruch-Graham, training coordinator, or 573-884-8103. If you have registration questions, please contact Christy Stretz, membership coordinator, or 573-882-2955.

Health Journalism 2008

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Tentative list of sessions
Field Trips
Exhibitors & Advertisers
2008 Exhibitors
Important dates and deadlines
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