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Upcoming Events:

Covering the COVID-19 vaccine: What journalists need to know
  03/29/21 - 04/25/21 ,

The Knight Center is sponsoring this free four-week massive open online course. Students will learn how to improve their coverage of COVID-19 and the vaccines. Students will hear from leading science journalists and medical experts who will discuss the efficacy of different vaccine formulas, analyze the distribution of vaccines, share tips for dispelling disinformation and misinformation when covering the vaccines, and much more.

Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research (ACVR)
  04/26/21 - 04/27/21 ,

The conference features invited presentations, panel discussions, peer-reviewed oral abstracts and posters, meet the expert sessions, scientific awards, and lectures by world-renowned vaccinology experts, along with networking opportunities to create a rich environment for engagement and collaboration with colleagues. Participants leave the conference ready to apply what they have learned, with professional connections to help advance their research.

Town Hall event featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci
  04/26/21 ,

Anthony Fauci, who has led the nation since day one of this crisis, will join Karen DeSalvo, chief health officer of Google Health, Garth Graham, director and global head of healthcare and public health at YouTube, and Harvard experts Michael Mina and Mary Bassett for a special town hall program. Moderated by Axios Health Editor Sam Baker.

Older Americans Month
  05/01/21 - 05/31/21 ,

Older Americans Month — the Administration for Community Living leads this annual observance; The theme for 2021 is "Communities of Strength". The observance acknowledges and pays tribute to the past and current contributions of older people in the U.S.

National Arthritis Month
  05/01/21 - 05/31/21 ,

National Arthritis Month — this debilitating condition affects some 53 million Americans, including 1 in 5 adults and 300,000 children, making it the number one cause of disability in the U.S. The observance encourages more efforts into research, advocacy and awareness.

2021 Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) Conference
  05/11/21 - 05/12/21 ,

The HCSRN annual conference is the nation’s preeminent gathering for researchers based in real-world health care systems and our numerous collaborators in academic health systems, funding agencies, and patient-partner communities. The conference offers a diverse slate of content, showcasing rigorous, relevant research on important conditions affecting millions of patients.

American College of Radiology (ACR) 2021 Annual Meeting
  05/15/21 - 05/19/21 ,

The virtual ACR 2021 meeting will include governance essentials, educational programming and networking opportunities.

National Senior Health & Fitness Day
  05/26/21 ,

National Senior Health & Fitness Day —annual health and wellness event for older adults. Local organizations throughout the country will host senior-related health and fitness events at many different community locations, from health screenings to low-impact exercises. An estimated 100,000 older adults are expected to participate.

World Health Care Congress 2021
  06/08/21 - 06/10/21 ,

WHCC21 brings together executives from payer, provider, purchaser, government, and pharma organizations to discuss how to innovate, disrupt the status quo, and move the needle on quality, affordability, and access in a pandemic environment and beyond. This year, address the realities of US health care in a virtual setting - attendees will have the opportunity to engage in conversations on pressing issues including pricing, transparency, move to value, consumer engagement, virtual care, SDoH, behavioral health, employee health and well-being, and more.


Past Events:

ACMT Virtual Scientific Meeting & Symposium
  04/13/21 - 04/16/21

ACMT Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting: This 3-day event provides an opportunity for specialists in the field of medical toxicology, addiction medicine, emergency medicine, and more to connect, network, and learn from the cutting-edge research of their peers. View the full preliminary agenda here.

Symposium: Methamphetamines & Stimulants: In advance of its Annual Scientific Meeting, The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) will offer a one-day virtual symposium to examine the current trends of methamphetamine use, abuse, and co-use with other illicit substances. Experts in the fields of medical toxicology and addiction medicine will present he latest research on methamphetamine use disorder on a broad array of topics.

The Press & the Pandemic: Filling the Information Void

Join The George Polk Awards of Long Island University in partnership with Center for Communication, Inc. for a panel discussion with winners of the 73rd annual George Polk Awards who provided groundbreaking reporting on the COVID pandemic.

2021 AAP / ASCI / APSA Joint Meeting
  04/08/21 - 04/10/21

The meeting is the combined annual gathering of attendees from the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Physician Scientists Association. The meeting features presentations of high-level discoveries from distinguished researchers and provides an environment of inspiration, collaboration, and collegiality for all physician-scientists and those in the pathway to become physician-scientists.

American Society on Aging Annual Conference
  04/06/21 - 04/15/21

American Society on Aging Annual Conference  — the theme of this year’s event is “equity.” ASA’s conference is billed as the largest multi-disciplinary conference on aging in the United States.

American Diabetes Alert Day

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. according to the American Diabetes Association. This observance is held every fourth Tuesday in March; it’s a one-day, “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the diabetes risk test to find out if they are likely to develop  type 2 diabetes. About 26.8% of (14.3 million) Americans age 65 and older with diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes. Left untreated or poorly managed, diabetes and related complications lead to excess hospitalization, millions in additional medical costs and premature death.

COVID-19: Learning from the Past, Defining our future
Many possible futures lie ahead, but which one we inherit will depend largely on decisions individuals and institutions make in the coming months. Find out from two expert panelists how those pivot points could define our collective future, and get science-informed perspectives on what COVID’s second year may bring.
Hispanic Health Conference
  03/17/21 - 03/20/21

This event focuses on strategies to improve the health of Latinos or Latino communities in private practice; faculty development; hispanic health research; and clinical care.

COVID-19 Conversations: Variants and Vaccines

In this webinar panelists will discuss emerging COVID-19 variants, how vaccines can adapt to these new variants, and other interventions that could help curb transmission.

COVID Vaccines and the Return to Life: Part 1

On the one-year anniversary of the global declaration of the pandemic, this virtual event will convene leading scientific and medical experts to discuss the most pressing questions around the COVID-19 vaccines. Planned topics include the effect of the new circulating variants on the vaccines, what we know so far about transmission dynamics post-vaccination, how individuals can behave post-vaccination, the myths of “good” and “bad” vaccines as more alternatives come on board, and more.

Wiley Science Talks with The Obesity Society: Reporting on COVID-19 and Obesity

On World Obesity Day, join a panel of experts from The Obesity Society as they discuss the impact of COVID-19 on people with obesity. Three experts from Weill Cornell Medical College, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mt. Sinai Hospital will deliver a ten minute “TED Talk” covering the epidemiology, risk factors, immune response, and the latest COVID-19 vaccine information that impacts people with obesity. A thirty-minute discussion moderated by Cathy Kotz, President of The Obesity Society closes the session.

Science Journalism & the Pandemic: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Atul Gawande & Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal

Science Journalism and the Pandemic – A forum of the Brandeis Journalism Program examining the role of the news media in the public health fight against COVID-19 and the disinformation around it.

Science v. COVID-19: Promising COVID-19 Treatments Explained

COVID-19 treatments exemplify the significance of the public-private sector R&D continuum. While these treatments have not generally received the same level of attention as vaccines, they are critical to our response to the pandemic. This panel discussion will explore the range of treatments available; how, when, and in what settings they are administered; and ways to ensure these treatments reach patients in need.

The State of the COVID-19 Pandemic and U.S. Strategy in 2021

The National Academy of Medicine and the American Public Health Association (APHA) will host the 17th COVID-19 Conversations webinar on the current state of the pandemic in the U.S. and new and continuing federal-level initiatives to curb and control the virus.

Understanding vaccine hesitancy

new webinar series hosted by the Duke Global Health Institute will explore the history and drivers of vaccine hesitancy and discuss strategies to overcome vaccine concerns, including lessons learned from past disease eradication efforts.

Progress on the Pandemic: A year of tackling COVID-19

Fred Hutch is at the center of a nonstop scientific sprint to understand and stop the coronavirus. Our monthly “Science Says” researcher roundtable features scientists who are leading vaccine trials, guiding public health policy, tracking genetic changes to the virus, and studying new treatments for COVID-19.

National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine
  02/22/21 - 02/24/21

In support of the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, CDC is holding a virtual National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine on Feb. 22-24. The forum is for practitioners focused on vaccine implementation and people and groups that can champion vaccine uptake in communities. Our Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, RADM Felicia Collins will provide opening remarks at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 24. You can view recordings as well.

National Academy of State Health Policy annual convention
  08/17/20 - 08/19/20

The National Academy of State Health Policy annual convention will be virtual in 2020. The theme is State Health Policy: Flexibility and Resiliency through COVID-19 and Beyond.   Media can get a free #NASHPCONF20 press pass to access concurrent sessions (unless a session is restricted to only state officials), plenaries and the virtual exhibit hall. Contact Jennifer Laudano at for more information.

Freelance breaking news: Promises and pitfalls

Before the novel coronavirus hit, most national media outlets only hired local journalists to cover breaking news until their staff crews could rush to a scene. Now, in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, many news directors are turning to local independent journalists for coverage, trusting freelance reporters and photographers to supply continuing on-the-spot news.

The SPJ Freelance Community invites you to join Washington, D.C.-area reporter and editor Stephenie Overman for a webinar as she discusses the issues freelancers face covering this fast moving story.

Essential Ingredients: Will China’s Dominance in Raw Materials Imperil the U.S.?

They are ingredients essential for everything from livestock feed to advanced weaponry to green technology. In this 60-minute briefing, we’ll hear from experts on why the U.S. gave up production of many of these vital materials, what could happen if China locks down exports of them, and the prospects for diversifying vital supply chains.

Keeping Antimicrobial Resistance top-of-mind for policymakers and the public during COVID-19

How can the antimicrobial resistance community leverage lessons learned from COVID-19 to highlight the importance of having effective antibiotic treatments available in the future? Join Ed Silverman, Pharmalot columnist, senior writer, Stat News, Maryn McKenna, journalist, author of Big Chicken, senior fellow, Emory University, columnist, WIRED, Manos Perros, president and chief executive officer, Entasis Therapeutic, Ted Schroeder, chief executive officer, Nabriva Therapeutics, and Evan Loh, chief executive officer, Paratek Pharmaceuticals, who will discuss the current scientific understanding of COVID-19’s impact on resistance, antibiotic marketplace and status of U.S. legislation, preparedness and implications for future outbreaks and U.S.-based manufacturing and supply chain for antibiotics.

Demystifying Testing for COVID-19

The American Lung Association is hosting this COVID-19 Town Hall Series on understanding COVID-19 testing.

The Road to Immunity During COVID-19: Developing and Distributing a Vaccine

This webinar will discuss the road to immunity during COVID-19, including the basics of vaccine development, how developing a vaccine for COVID-19 differs from "traditional" vaccine development, and what actions can be taken now and in the coming months to ensure that our supply chain is ready to manufacture millions of doses of a vaccine.

COVID-19: Vaccines and Therapeutics

Scientists around the world are racing to develop novel approaches to treat and prevent COVID-19. SciLine's next media briefing will cover the status of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development and clinical trials as well as research on uses of antibodies and convalescent plasma for treatment and protection. This on-the-record briefing will be accessible via Zoom, so you can attend and ask questions from wherever you are.

COVID-19 - Vaccinating the world: Two global experts explain what it will take to succeed

Dr. Larry Corey and Dr. John Mascola join Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center President and Director Dr. Tom Lynch to discuss the challenges and opportunities in accelerating development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines for our integrated world in this webinar.

Medical Trade Wars: The Search for Drugs, Devices and PPE

"Medical Trade Wars: The Search for Drugs, Devices and PPE" will explain the bottlenecks in global supply chains and export restrictions imposed by some nations that are making vital medical products hard to obtain for some hospitals, businesses and individuals. It will cover global trade in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other supplies such as personal protective equipment.

Reporting a pandemic
  05/22/20 Online
COVID-19 Testing, the Hope and the Hype

The roadmap to recovery from the pandemic relies heavily on testing—for both the presence of COVID-19 and the antibodies that might make people immune. But critical questions remain. When will accurate tests be available and to whom? How will we use these tests, and what are their limits?

The Coronavirus Pandemic: Health Inequities and Vulnerable Communities

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit underserved populations and communities of color particularly hard, exacerbating longstanding health disparities in the U.S. In this Facebook Live Q&A, Dr. Mary Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and Former Commissioner of Health for New York City, will unpack COVID-19 and health inequities based on geography, income, race and occupation.

Pursuing Disparities Data on COVID-19

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is hosting this webinar provide an overview of the currently available data on racial, ethnic, gender, geographic, and income disparities. They will also outline the limitations of the data – methodological, organizational, and political – and what data is needed to provide insight into how the virus is impacting communities of color and other at-risk populations.

Media Briefing: COVID-19: Infection, Spread, and Testing

Our understanding of the novel coronavirus is evolving quickly as scientists work around the clock to rigorously study it and the disease it causes in humans: COVID-19. SciLine's next media briefing will cover how the virus infects and is transmitted between people; case surveillance and projections about how it may spread; and the status of efforts to develop and implement widespread diagnostic testing.

Can We Expect a COVID-19 Vaccine Any Time Soon?

Drexel University’s Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication is hosting a webinar about the different vaccine candidates under development, the science behind them, the development timelines, how trials work, and then, once the vaccine is ready, what it takes to bring it to market.

Emerging Evidence for COVID-19 Spread and Treatment - Free NAM-APHA Webinar

The third COVID-19 Conversations webinar will discuss: emerging evidence on SARS-CoV-2 surface and aerosol transmission and stability; emerging and promising treatment modalities for COVID-19, including convalescent plasma and hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine; and the ethical implications and considerations for treating those who are ill with therapeutics approved via an emergency use authorization.

AMA President to Deliver National Address on Role of Science, Data in Combating COVID-19

American Medical Association President Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A., will deliver a live national address on Tuesday, April 7, about the essential need for relying on science and data to protect public health, particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The speech, delivered via livestream hosted by the National Press Club, will center on the need for evidence-based solutions and policies to generate societal trust, and the risk of shifting away from policymaking guided by science.

Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine: Free Webinar

Learn about the global race to develop a coronavirus vaccine. For over 40 years, the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has researched and tested vaccines to fight some of the most lethal and widespread infectious diseases in the world. Now, they’re working with a National Institutes of Health consortium to develop one for coronavirus. Hear from two of the center’s top experts – and ask them questions about those efforts.

COVID-19 Webinar: From Data to Decisions: Evaluating State Capacity

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has led to a growing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and concerns about health system capacity. Models and projections can be useful tools to help policymakers at the state and local levels make evidence-based decisions to slow the spread of the virus and bolster health system capacity. During this webinar, panelists will highlight the role of modeling in helping states prepare and respond to COVID-19.

SciLine Media Briefing: Covering COVID-19, with an opportunity for Q&A

Journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic are facing the challenges of fast-changing information and limited access to expert sources. Many reporters without deep science backgrounds find themselves in uncharted terrain as they strive to provide accurate and actionable health information to their communities. Join us for an instructive briefing on best practices—and pitfalls to avoid—when covering COVID-19, with tips from two veteran health and science reporters and perspective from a leader in the public health community.

Conference calls with infectious disease experts on coronavirus outbreak
  03/19/20 - 03/20/20
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is hosting conference calls:
On Thursday, March 19, Barry Bloom, Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Research Professor of Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
On Friday, March 20, Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics
Media Briefing on Coronavirus: KFF Experts Explore Public’s Views and Nation’s Response

At 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 18, KFF will hold a reporters-only web briefing with its key policy and public opinion experts to discuss the nation’s rapidly changing public and policy responses to contain the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic across the country and the world.

  03/18/20 - 03/20/20

This COVID-19 Webinar Miniseries will synthesize the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. This week, we will discuss the trajectory of the pandemic and the risks of a surge in cases. The speakers will explain how entities at the front lines are responding and highlight policy levers being deployed to stymie the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A Reporter’s Guide to Adolescent Learning and Well-Being
  02/27/20 - 02/28/20 Berkeley, CA

This two-day seminar will offer journalists a primer on the brain research and springboard to an exploration of these questions and others facing the education and health sectors. Eligible journalists may apply for scholarships to cover registration and reimburse expenses for lodging and basic travel costs.

ACA coverage starts for people who enrolled for 2020

 2020 coverage starts for consumbers who have paid their first premium.

Final day of Open Enrollment Period for ACA market coverage in 2020

After this date, consumers can enroll or change plans only if they qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

The opioid epidemic: Approaches to adolescents and honored elders

The Western Divisions of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services present an event highlighting the importance of collaboration among clinicians & community members to address the opioid crisis.

The Woodhull Study Revisited: Nurses’ Representation in Health News Media
  05/08/18 Online (RSVP required) or Washington, DC

The George Washington University School of Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement has replicated the original 1998 Woodhull study, named after Nancy Woodhull, the founding editor of USAToday about nurses in the media. The original Woodhull study was done to raise awareness of the voices and perspectives of nurse professionals in the media. The Center has replicated the 20-year-old original study to determine what progress has been made. Twenty years later, are nurses used as sources more often in health news stories in print media?

Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum
  10/24/16 - 10/25/16 Boston, MA

Health care is undergoing a massive transformation. That’s no secret. Reimbursement is shrinking, providers are being asked to shoulder more risk, and patients are more involved in their care than ever. The ability to use analytics to transform data into actionable information – smarter business and clinical decisions – will play a big role in who survives this transformation. 

Standards for Health Information Governance
  05/02/16 Online

Discover a robust, globally-focused initiative designed to advance best practices and guidelines for health information management through Information Governance (IG), an initiative lead by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Along with the Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE), AHIMA has created an enhanced approach to aligning health information management practices with health IT to support best practices through interoperability standards.

Webinar: Inside the 'Black Box' of Healthcare Spending

The National Institute for Health Care Management will host a webinar on new data showing how much private insurance plans pay for common procedures in markets across the country and how provider consolidation influences payment rates.

ACA Open Enrollment ends

2016 Open Enrollment ends on the federal exchange.

Health Matters webinar on King v. Burwell: Obamacare on the brink?

The National Institute for Health Care Management will sponsor a webinar on whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell will effectively dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Special Enrollment Period on
  03/15/15 - 04/30/15 Online

This six-week enrollment period on will be open to people with certain qualifying life events, and to those who paid a penalty with their federal income tax return for not having insurance in 2014.

Legalizing Marijuana: The Public Health Pros and Cons
  10/08/14 Online

With a growing number of states considering the legalization of medical marijuana and, more broadly, the decriminalization of recreational marijuana, this event will examine the public health pros and cons.

Briefing: Where you live may decide the kind of care you get when you are older or have disabilities

A new scorecard measures the effects of state policies on the ability to live independently, from choice of setting, care quality and affordability, to support for family caregivers, and more.

What Is Keeping Price Transparency From Becoming A Reality?

Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) will host this half-day webinar on price transparency. This event is free to the media. Journalists can register for the event here.

May 20, online webinar, 11 a.m.-3:15 p.m. EDT.

Health Affairs: Provider Consolidation in Health Care
  05/19/14 Washington, DC

The clinical and economic virtues of provider consolidation have long been recognized by policy experts, but in recent years, research has shown that large provider organizations may use market power to obtain relatively high prices from payers without necessarily delivering superior quality. Health Affairs will release a package of "Web First" papers examining the issue from both sides.



Ninth National Pay for Performance Summit
  03/24/14 San Francisco, CA

Attendees at this conference will hear presentations on such topics as achieving the full potential of performance measurement, moving payment from volume to value, and regional collaborations designed to achieve the triple aim (lowering costs while improving quality and patient satisfaction), among other topics.

American Dental Education Association Annual Session and Exhibition
  03/15/14 - 03/18/14 San Antonio, TX

The theme of this is year’s meeting is “The Science of Learning.”

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 2014 Annual Meeting
  03/14/14 - 03/17/14 Orlando, FL

The AAGP Annual Meeting is a top educational event in geriatric mental health care, incorporating the latest information on clinical care, research on aging and mental health and models of care.

Housing First Partners Conference
  03/12/14 - 03/14/14 Chicago, IL

A national forum for housing, health and mental health service providers, as well as federal, state and local government officials, researchers, advocates, trainers, peers and thought leaders engaged in ending homelessness through Housing First. Co-sponsored by DESC and Pathways to Housing.

Sixth Annual Leadership Summit on Consumerism Through Health Plan Innovation
  03/11/14 Orlando, FL

Attendees at this conference will hear how health plans are developing new ways to retain existing members and expand their market share by adopting retail marketing strategies and consumer engagement tools.

Aging in America 2014
  03/11/14 - 03/15/14 San Diego, CA

The American Society on Aging annual conference is one of the largest multidisciplinary aging service meetings in the U.S. -- this year over 3,000 professionals in the field of aging – health care professionals, researchers, policy analysts, occupational therapists, social workers, financial planners, elder law attorneys, and others who work with older adults will get together to focus on best practices for serving an aging population

AHIP's Health Insurance Exchanges Forum
  03/07/14 Washington, DC

In the first two sessions of this forum, speakers will address enrollment trends in exchanges. The first speaker, Paul Mango (director, health care systems and services, for McKinsey & Company), will speak about enrollment trends in exchanges and who has signed up in the marketplaces, which products these individuals chose and what they were charged. The second speaker will be Diana Dooley, secretary of the California Health & Human Services Agency, who will focus on the state‐based exchanges and what strategies insures should consider for enrollment in 2015.

AHIP’s 2014 National Policy Forum
  03/05/14 - 03/06/14 Washington, DC

Those who attend the Association of Health Insurance Plan’s  event will hear presentations from administration officials, members of Congress, governors and health policy experts about the first two months under the Affordable Care Act, including the experiences of consumers and employers.

National "Virtual" Summit on Maternity Care Payment Reform
  03/03/14 Online

The topic of payment reform for maternity care is an area of concern because childbirth is costly and the quality is uneven, says the Catalyst for Payment Reform. CPR will waive the registration fee for AHCJ members.

Accountable Care Organizations and Provider Integration Under Health Care Reform Online

This teleconference will discuss an important issue for health care journalists covering how hospitals and physician groups are joining together to improve care delivery and yet not run afoul of antitrust laws.

AcademyHealth’s National Health Policy Conference
  02/03/14 - 02/04/14 Washington, DC

The 14th annual conference is designed to outline the critical health care issues and policy priorities for the coming year and offer attendees an insider’s perspectives from health policy leaders.

Yankee Dental Congress
  01/29/14 - 02/02/14 Boston, MA

This annual meeting will include a celebration of the 150th birthday of the Massachusetts Dental Society and  the Ninth Annual Conference for Women In Dentistry which will focus on the theme "Surviving and Thriving: Treating Ourselves as Well as We Treat Our Patients."

Living to 100 Symposium
  01/08/14 - 01/10/14 Orlando, FL

Sponsored by the Society of Actuaries, global thought leaders share ideas and knowledge on aging, increases in survival rates and the resulting increase in aging populations together with its implications to social, financial, retirement and health care systems.

Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 73rd Policy Forum
  12/12/13 Washington, DC

Policy forums bring together a cross-section of EBRI sponsors, congressional and executive branch staff, benefit experts, and representatives from academia, interest groups and labor to examine public policy issues. The forums are roundtable discussions featuring verbal and written exchange among speakers and participants.

2013 Lown Conference: From Avoidable Care to Right Care
  12/03/13 - 12/05/13 Boston, MA

A series of panels and speakers will address medical overuse as a global epidemic, explore physician fears of medical malpractice suits, envision the U.S. health care system 25 years from now, and demonstrate how to start conversations about overuse.

National Summit on Fostering Transparency in the Cost and Quality of Health Care
  12/02/13 - 12/04/13 Washington, DC

Steven Brill, J.D., who wrote, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” for Time magazine in March, will be the keynote speaker.

World AIDS Day

This year’s theme is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.”

The annual observance is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Greater New York Dental Meeting 2013
  11/29/13 - 12/04/13 New York, NY

One of the world’s largest dental congresses, this annual event charges no registration fee and offers scientific presentations, seminars for dentists and auxiliaries, hands-on workshops, technical exhibits and an a trade show with hundreds of exhibitors.

Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting
  11/19/13 - 11/24/13 New Orleans, LA

GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting brings together more than 4,000 people in the field of aging to participate in more than 400 scientific sessions including symposia, paper, and poster presentations.

Aging and Society Conference
  11/08/13 - 11/09/13 Chicago, IL

This is an international forum to enhance knowledge and continue discussion for anyone engaged in the aging community of researchers, academics, caregivers, and practitioners.

American Nurses Association 2013 Staffing Conference
  11/08/13 - 11/09/13 Washington, DC

Studies show that optimal staffing reduces mortality rates, adverse patient outcomes, length of stay, and rates of readmissions and medical errors. This conference aims to empower nurses to improve patient care by developing innovative solutions to the complex challenge of determining and delivering appropriate nurse staffing.

Hospice / Palliative Care Month
  11/01/13 - 11/30/13

This observance focuses on raising awareness about care for the 1.5 million patients each year who receive care from hospices in the United States.

Medicine X: Stanford University School of Medicine
  09/27/13 - 09/29/13 CA

The Medicine X initiative is designed to explore the potential of social media and information technology to advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care.

Data release: Preliminary data on births for 2012

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics will release data and information about “Births: Preliminary Data for 2012.” All materials are embargoed until 12:01 a.m. on the date of release.  For more information or to request an interview please contact the NCHS press office at 301-458-4800 or

Data release: Use of family planning and related medical services among women

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics will release data and information about the “Use of Family Planning and Related Medical Services among Women 15-44 in the United States” from the National Survey of Family Growth 2006-2010. All materials are embargoed until 12:01 a.m. on the date of release.  For more information or to request an interview please contact the NCHS press office at 301-458-4800 or

Briefing: Survey of health care benefit costs and plan changes at large employers
  08/28/13 Washington, DC

The National Business Group on Health will host a press briefing on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 10:00 a.m. EDT at the National Press Club to discuss the results of its annual survey of large employers on health care benefit costs and changes they are making to their programs in the wake of economic uncertainty and rising costs.

Webinar: What Do Consumers Need to Know About Health Reform's Changes?

As part of its Media Fellowships Program, the Kaiser Family Foundation is organizing a series of interactive webinars exclusively for journalists to address key aspects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the implications for consumers, and strategies for connecting the dots for different audiences.

The first webinar will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 28, and will be an overview of how health reform's impact will vary for people in different circumstances, including those currently with employer coverage, those who buy their own insurance and those who are currently uninsured. Foundation State Health Policy Director Jennifer Tolbert and Senior Fellow Karen Pollitz will explain the law's individual mandate requiring most Americans to obtain coverage, as well as the law's new coverage options, including new state insurance marketplaces, subsidies for people with low- and moderate incomes, and new rules prohibiting insurers from discriminating based on pre-existing conditions. They will answer journalists' questions about the law as part of the webinar.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging National Conference
  07/27/13 - 07/31/13 Louisville, KY

The national conference showcases innovative programs and services to assist AOAs to help older people and their caregivers live with dignity at home and in their communities as long as possible.  Care Transitions, Managed Care Long Term Care Services, technology, and social media are some of the sessions planned.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008: Impact on Disability Discrimination
  07/23/13 Washington, DC

Congressional, civil rights and business community champions of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act will make brief remarks to mark the fifth anniversary of the ADAAA. That will be followed by the release and summary of National Council on Disability’s latest report, "The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008: Impact on Disability Discrimination," which will provide an analysis of federal court cases decided under the ADAAA since it went into effect in January of 2009.

Healthy Aging Means Business
  07/18/13 Philadelphia, PA

The aging population means new opportunities for businesses. This one-day conference focuses on how businesses might leverage healthy aging trends, health and longevity, and money and finances. Business executives will hear about current and new and  evidence-based resources and techniques in the healthy aging marketplace.  Projected attendees include product development, strategic planning, brand management, market research and client service executives. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Gerontological Society of America and NMI Market Research.

Conference call: Prescriber Checkup
  05/14/13 Conference call

ProPublica is preparing to launch a huge health care project in conjunction with The Washington Post called “Prescriber Checkup,” which will allow users to see individual doctors’ prescribing habits for the first time.

ProPublica is hosting a reporters’ conference call on Tuesday, May 14 at 2pm ET to walk everyone through the app and how best to utilize it for their own localized reporting. Participants should sign up in advance.

Building Healthy Academic Communities National Summit
  04/22/13 - 04/23/13 Columbus, OH

Health and wellness covers a broad range of campus-wide issues and changing landscapes. Topics covered at the summit that tap into participants' expertise range from policy and benefits development, strategic planning, leadership and constituent engagement to the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative wellness activities. Organizers say this will include comprehensive, evidence-based practices on faculty & staff wellness, student wellness, academic medical centers, and wellness innovation.

2013 NICHE Conference
  04/10/13 - 04/12/13 Philadelphia, PA

Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders

This three-day event highlights evidence-based innovations, research and networking opportunities. The goal is to provide support to hospitals and other health care organizations in meeting the critical challenge of quality care for older adults.

Access Denied: Science News and Government Transparency
  10/03/11 - 10/03/11 Washington, DC

An investigation in the current issue of Columbia Journalism Review finds that despite President Obama's early promise to create an open government, the nation's science reporters feel there has been little to no progress since Bush was in office. The National Press Club will host a panel of journalists and invited administration officials to critique what journalists and the government are (or aren't) doing to change that.

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