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AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance

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See the list of current and past fellows.

The AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance is a yearlong program allowing journalists to pursue a significant reporting project related to the U.S. health care system. It can be local or national in scope, or a little of both — say an aspect of the Affordable Care Act playing out in your community or subject specialty, or the impact of particular evidence-based treatments on health outcomes, or an analysis of a health care organization’s performance, using public data sets. Fellows pursue the projects with the support of their newsrooms or freelance outlets, which commit to publish or air the work.

Guidance is provided by AHCJ fellowship leaders through customized seminars on health care systems, conference calls and email consultations. The fellowship covers the cost of attending the seminars and AHCJ conferences, and a $4,000 project allowance is available to defray the cost of field reporting, health data analysis and other project-related research. In addition, each fellow will receive a $2,500 fellowship award upon the successful completion of the project.

The fellowship program is supported by The Commonwealth Fund.

I'd recommend this to anyone, a great experience. Great mentorship, great meeting the other fellows. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this experience.

— Bram Sable-Smith, KBIA/Side Effects Public Media

"The fellowship has been an excellent experience and one I'd recommend highly to other journalists. The program committed me to pursuing one of the most ambitious projects of my career, and I'm a better reporter for it."

— Sarah Kliff, senior editor, Vox

"This was a great opportunity to get support and resources to do a project I likely could not have done otherwise."

— David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal
 

See details about applying for the fellowship.
Watch a webcast about benefits of fellowships and application tips.

Questions? Contact Susan Cunningham, susan@healthjournalism.org or 573-882-2203.


2018 fellows

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Nick Budnick, reporter, Portland Tribune, Portland, Ore.

  • Budnick will focus on the evolution of the Medicaid-funded Oregon Health Plan in the age of Obamacare, including enrollment and system performance.

Kathleen Burge, independent journalist writing for CommonHealth/WBUR, Boston

  • Burge will examine the growing specialty of palliative care and how cultural norms, provider training, treatment decisions and economics are all involved in seeking improved life in Americans’ final years, months and days.

Audrey Dutton, reporter, Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho

  • Dutton will investigate the barriers to effective mental health treatment in rural Idaho and how lack of access is causing serious crises and deaths.

Benjamin Hardy, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network

  • Hardy will examine Medicaid in Arkansas, with an emphasis on the costs and benefits of Arkansas Works — the state’s privatized approach to Medicaid expansion.

Kathleen McGrory, investigative reporter, Tampa Bay Times

  • McGrory will examine Florida’s home health industry, both in terms of patient outcomes and Medicaid and Medicare fraud.

2017 fellows

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Jessica Bylander, senior editor, Health Affairs

Brenda Goodman, senior news writer, WebMD

Markian Hawryluk, health reporter, Bend (Ore.) Bulletin

Erin Mershon, Washington correspondent, Stat

Bram Sable-Smith, lead reporter, health & wealth desk, KBIA-Columbia, Mo.

2016 fellows

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Dan Diamond, author, Politico Pulse

Glenn Howatt, health care reporter, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Stephanie Innes, senior reporter, (Tucson) Arizona Daily Star

JoAnn Mar, producer, KALW-San Francisco

Misty Williams, health care policy reporter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Williams will examine access to mental health care for children in Georgia and what a lack of treatment means for families and the state.


2015 fellows

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Rick Jurgens, reporter, Valley News (New Hampshire)

Sarah Kliff, senior editor, Vox

Beth Kutscher, finance reporter, Modern Healthcare

Jayne O'Donnell, health care policy reporter, USA Today

David Wahlberg, health reporter, Wisconsin State Journal


2014 fellows

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Karen Brown, reporter and producer, New England Public Radio

David Pittman, reporter, Politico

  • Pittman will compare state Medicaid models and the impact of innovations aimed at improving health care quality while lowering costs.

  • State Medicaid ACOs Up but Struggles Mount

  • Arkansas’ struggle with telemedicine mirrors the nation’s | PDF of project

  • Medicaid agencies turn to 'big data' to tackle costs | PDF

  • States fail to track Medicaid EHR payments | PDF

Sarah Gantz, staff writer, Baltimore Business Journal

Michaela Gibson Morris, health care reporter, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Lola J. Butcher, independent journalist, Springfield, Mo.


2013 fellows

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Alan Bavley, medical reporter, The Kansas City Star

Jeanne Erdmann, independent journalist, St. Louis

Noam Levey, national health care reporter, Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau

Rhiannon Meyers, reporter, Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Lindy Washburn, senior writer, The Record/North Jersey Media Group


2012 fellows

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John George, health care reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal

Margot Sanger-Katz, health care correspondent, National Journal

  • Sanger-Katz produced a yearlong series of stories examining the growing pattern of hospital consolidation and its influence on health care costs and the future of health reform.

  • The New Goliaths: The 2010 health law was designed to lower costs. Instead, by encouraging hospitals to merge, it could boost the price of care.

  • Nothing to Smile About: The number of teeth in this country grows, even as the number of dentists shrinks. Guess who gets squeezed out.

  • In Praise of Price-Fixing: Americans face a constant (and often Sisyphean) struggle against health care inflation. Maryland found an answer.

  • The False Promise: Hospitals like Pittsburgh’s UPMC created enough jobs to end the recession. If they keep it up, they’ll wreck the economy.

Tammy Worth, independent journalist, Kansas City, Mo.


2011 fellows

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Yanick Rice Lamb, editor and writer, Heart & Soul Magazine

Marshall Allen, staff writer, Las Vegas Sun (now a reporter at ProPublica in New York)

Rosemary Hoban, reporter, North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC (now editor of North Carolina Health News)