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Health Journalism 2013: Detailed schedule for Thursday and Friday

Preliminary schedule, subject to change.

WEDNESDAY

3-7 p.m.

Registration desk opens

Plaza Level, World Trade Center

THURSDAY

7:30 a.m. - 4:20 p.m.

Field trips

See cutting edge research facilities and meet with experts. Note: The field trips are full. You may contact christy@healthjournalism.org to be added to a waiting list.

Workshops

9 a.m.

Making sense of hospital ratings: A guide for reporters

It seems like every day a different organization or agency is announcing a new way to rate hospitals. Some are complicated, using mind-numbing ratios to describe performance on esoteric ailments. Others dumb it down to gold stars, blue ribbons or letter grades like you’d get in elementary school – it seems that Facebook “likes” must be on the horizon. We’ll highlight the pros and cons of the most popular ratings systems and discuss their pitfalls and potential for health care reporters.

• Marshall Allen, reporter, ProPublica

Cityview 1

Using DocumentCloud

Hundreds of newsrooms around the world use DocumentCloud to analyze, annotate and publish primary source documents. Join us to find out how you can use this free tool in your own work. We’ll walk you through all of these steps and show you how you can implement DocumentCloud in your newsroom to enhance and highlight your journalism. Documents have long been the backbone of watchdog reporting. Journalists can better deal with and understand their documents electronically with DocumentCloud.

• Mark Horvit, executive director, Investigative Reporters & Editors

Cityview 2

10:15 a.m.

Reporter access: An AHCJ right-to-know roundtable

Members of AHCJ’s Right to Know Committee will take your questions, give advice and share war stories about challenges in information gathering, from quote approval to embargoes and overreaching public information officers. The committee responds year-round to problems with access to government officials, scientists, public records, medical association meetings and research. Bring your thoughts about tape recorders, email interviews, records requests and how much we should share with our audience about these issues.

• Peggy Peck, vice president/editor-in-chief, MedPage Today
• Irene M. Wielawski, independent journalist, Pound Ridge, N.Y.
• Blythe Bernhard, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cityview 1

How social media can help your reporting – and how to keep it from hurting

Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms can be useful – or time-killers. Find ways to boost the former and avoid the latter, from an instructor who helps journalists use social media tools to help with their reporting.

• Adrienne Lavidor-Berman, social media producer, Boston.com and BostonGlobe.com

Cityview 2

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch on own
(Nearby eateries listed in program)

12:30 p.m.

Snack
Break sponsored by MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

12:45 p.m.

Reporting on medical studies

Learn how to uncover the flaws in published medical research – essential knowledge for journalists charged with evaluating the quality of evidence and the potential tradeoffs between benefits and harms. Review questions you should ask about studies, and tips on how to get the answers even on tight deadlines. Get tools to write and produce stories that inform your readers and viewers better.

• Ivan Oransky, M.D., executive editor, Reuters Health
• Gary Schwitzer, publisher, HealthNewsReview.org

Cityview 1

Tech tools to diversify your sources

News organizations often to turn to the same sources again and again. While on-the-ground outreach is an ideal way of finding new sources, a reporter doesn’t always have the luxury of leaving the newsroom. So how does one find a wide range of voices without leaving your desk? How do you avoid having the same experts in your stories? One tool is social media. Platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, Craigslist and Facebook can provide reporters with access to a diverse range of voices and experts. This workshop will show how to best navigate social media platforms to help find diverse voices for stories. It also will explore how to use third-party sites like “Twiangulate” and “Follower Wonk” to filter through prospective sources.

• Shuka Kalantari, health outreach coordinator, KQED-San Francisco
• Dori J. Maynard, president, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

Cityview 2

2 p.m.

Using multimedia tools for your projects

Think you don’t have a big enough budget or the expertise to add multimedia to your work that appears online? This session will offer a look at free, simple-to-use tools that can add interactive elements to your stories.

• Michelle Johnson, associate professor of the practice, multimedia journalism, Department of Journalism, College of Communication, Boston University

Cityview 2

2:45-4:15 p.m.

Great leap forward: Shaping complex topics into compelling stories

The raw material of health care stories - arcane science, complex policy and experts who seem to speak in a foreign tongue - can be challenging. This session on craft will show you how to “translate” jargon and complexity into powerful kitchen-table English that keeps readers fascinated and moved, without sacrificing accuracy. Using writing exercises, a question-and-answer period, tips from narrative nonfiction and examples of great health care writing, you will learn how to transition from news stories to longer pieces, to use personal stories (and when not to) and to interweave context and story without losing your readers. Bring in stories you wish you’d done better.

• Katy Butler, author, "Knocking on Heaven’s Door: A Daughter’s Journey through Old Age and New Medicine"
• Seth Mnookin, author, "The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy;" co-director, MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing

Suggested reading:
Bitter Pill, by Steven Brill
The Grim Neurology of Teenage Drinking, by Katy Butler, The New York Times, 2006
The Cost of Dying, by Lisa Krieger, San Jose Mercury News, 2012
The Hidden World of Sibling Violence
, by Katy Butler, The New York Times
What Broke My Father's Heart
, by Katy Butler, The New York Times
Letting Go, by Atul Gawande
Cloud of Smoke, by Jennifer Kahn

Cityview 1

3:15 p.m.

Connecting the docs: Using online tools to trace referrals

DocGraph is a new open data set that shows how doctors, hospitals and other institutions work together to deliver health care. These online tools allow you to quickly browse these connections. This means that when you are profiling a particular doctor, you can use this new tool to see who else in health care is collaborating with that doctor. This government data make it easier to find the connections in your community.

• Fred Trotter, author; founder, Not Only Dev

Cityview 2

4:20-5 p.m.

Newcomer Welcome

Whether you are a new AHCJ member or this is just your first conference, we hope you come away with new friends, sources and story ideas. You’ll want to attend this introductory session to meet AHCJ’s board of directors and get tips for how to pick out sessions and make the most of the conference.

Cityview 2

5:15 p.m.

Kickoff: Welcome to Massachusetts!

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will welcome you to his state.

When experts disagree: The art of medical decision making

Two experts will review how people make medical decisions. They reveal that each of us has a “medical mind,” a highly individual approach to weighing the risks and benefits of treatment. Are you a minimalist or a maximalist, a believer or a doubter, do you look for natural healing or the latest technology? They explain how pitfalls in thinking and the way statistics are presented can mislead both patients and doctors. They weave vivid narratives from real patients with insights from recent research to demonstrate how people might arrive at better choices.

• Jerome Groopman, M.D., Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; chief of experimental medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
• Pamela Hartzband, M.D., assistant professor, Harvard Medical School; attending physician, Division of Endocrinology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Amphitheater

7 p.m.

Welcome to Boston Reception
Sponsored by The Boston Globe

Cityview Ballroom

FRIDAY

7-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast available in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Brigham and Women's Hospital

Harborview Ballroom

7-8:30 a.m.

Networking breakouts

• Broadcasters — Harborside
• Editors — Exhibit Hall Foyer
• Freelancers — World Trade Center Foyer

9 a.m.

How to relate global health to your local audience

Measles, malaria and Dengue fever, long considered gone from the United States, have returned in varying degrees. Battles against HIV and tuberculosis in Africa and other regions have implications at home. Researchers near you likely are playing a role in global health. Hear about diagnostic devices developed for use in hard-to-reach places, the urgent fight against drugresistant tuberculosis and how journalists can make global health relevant to local audiences.

• Salmaan Keshavjee, M.D., Ph.D., S.C.M., associate professor, Harvard Medical School
• Muhammad Zaman, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
• Moderator: David Wahlberg, health/medicine reporter, Wisconsin State Journal

Cityview 1

Stem cells – hope or hype? Research, ethics and business

For some diseases, treatment with stem cells is the closest thing medicine has to a miracle. Yet for all the glowing publicity of the last decade, the widespread use of stem cells to treat disease outside of clinical trials has been slow in coming. Learn about the state of stem cell science, the divisive debates over ethics that have shaped and continue to shape the field, and investors’ perspectives on the financial prospects for this innovative field.

• George Annas, chair, Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights; William Fairfield Warren distinguished professor, Boston University
• Darrell Kotton, M.D., director, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Boston Medical Center/Boston University
• Philip Reilly, principal, Third Rock Ventures
• Moderator: Lindy Washburn, senior writer, The Record/North Jersey Media Group

Cityview 2

Health reform: What's next for states?

What are the state exchanges shaping up to look like? How different will one state be from another – or the federally run ones from those run by the states? Our expert panel will give you insight on how states can use the exchanges not just to expand coverage but to promote higher quality, safer care – and new ways of delivering it.

• Gary Cohen, deputy administrator and director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
• Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Cheryl Smith, director, Leavitt Partners
• Moderator: Joanne Kenen, AHCJ topic leader/health reform; health editor, Politico

Amphitheater

Reporting on medical and financial conflicts of interest

Ghostwritten articles, inadequate financial disclosures on studies that promote off-label drug prescribing, doctors paid by drug companies to shape clinical practice guidelines, continuing medical education that’s really a course designed to promote a device or drug - these are just a few of the ways financial conflicts of interest taint medicine. Learn from seasoned health reporters and medical watchdogs how to find and expose shady practices that put profits before patients.

• Jerry Avorn, M.D., professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; chief, Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital
• John Fauber, investigative reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
• Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D., director, PharmedOut; associate professor of pharmacology and physiology, Georgetown University
• Peter Whoriskey, staff writer, The Washington Post
• Moderator: Brenda Goodman, AHCJ topic leader/medical studies; independent journalist, Atlanta

Skyline

The growing complication of coordinating senior care

Yes, Americans are living longer, but three out of five people over the age of 65 are aging with multiple chronic conditions that make their medical care complicated and costly; require rehabilitative and/or long-term care; limit their functionality and independence; and require the assistance of a family or paid caregiver. In this panel, you’ll learn about the “cascading” effect of the chronic conditions that come with aging; who treats seniors (and how); the under-diagnosis and treatment of senior mental health issues and, as care that was once delivered in hospitals is pushed into the home, the central role family caregivers now play in managing, coordinating and delivering clinical care.

• Terry Ellis, Ph.D., P.T., N.C.S., assistant professor, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University; director, Center for Neurorehabilitation
• Sharon A. Levine, M.D., professor of medicine, Boston University; Geriatrics Section, Boston Medical Center
• Bert Rahl, L.I.S.W.-S., director, Mental Health, Eldercare Services Institute LLC, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
• Susan Reinhard, Ph.D., R.N., senior vice president, AARP Public Policy Institute
• Moderator: Eileen Beal, M.A., independent journalist, Cleveland, Ohio

Back Bay

10:40 a.m.

From compounders to drug shortages: Covering pharmacies and pharmacists

The deaths of dozens of patients injected with a compounded steroid for back pain have placed renewed focus on the safety of compounding pharmacies and the adequacy of state and federal regulation of this expanding niche of the drug industry. There are compounders in every state; many are traditional drug stores that custom-make medications for patients in doses and formulations not available off-the-shelf. But, driven by profits and growing medication shortages, some pharmacies have become large-scale manufacturing operations that supply doctors and hospitals nationwide. The panelists will discuss compounding and its oversight, the causes of drug shortages, the impact on patients and hospitals, and other emerging issues confronting pharmacies and pharmacists.

• Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph., M.S., president, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
• William Churchill, M.S., R.P.H., chief of pharmacy services, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• John Walczyk, pharmacy manager, Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center
• Moderator: Gideon Gil, health & science editor, The Boston Globe

Cityview 1

Promises of replacement medicine

The human body is a marvelous machine, but very few parts can be replaced if damaged or destroyed. Organ transplants have saved many lives, but bring heavy burden. Regenerative medicine seeks to solve those problems by merging engineering and biology to grow new body parts, or prompt the body to renew itself. Leaders in the fields of face transplants, tissue engineering, neural implants, and cellular regeneration explain the latest advances, and the challenges they face in repairing the body.

• Dany Adams, Ph.D., research associate professor, Tufts University
• Leigh Hochberg, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of engineering, Brown University
• Ali Khademhosseini, Ph.D., M.A.Sc., associate professor, Harvard Medical School; Division of Bioengineering, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• Bohdan Pomahac, M.D., director, plastic surgery transplantation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• Moderator: Nancy Shute, independent journalist, Bethesda, Md.

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The nanny state: Can government change our behavior?

How much of an impact does health policy have on healthy behavior? Can stringent laws really bring an end to gun violence, obesity and other costly public health problems? Get the inside story from the medical and policy experts who have spearheaded some of the most successful public health campaigns in recent history. Learn how New York tamed big tobacco and the fastfood industry, how Philadelphia improved childhood obesity rates and how a young leader in anti-violence research is reducing gun violence among teens.

• Susan Kansagra, M.D., M.B.A., assistant commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
• Giridhar Mallya, M.D., M.H.S.P., director of policy and planning, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
• Manish Sethi, M.D., director, Orthopaedic Institute Center for Health Policy, Vanderbilt University
• Moderator: Sheree Crute, independent journalist, New York

Amphitheater

Freelance: Ideas that editors buy

This session offers freelancers the rare opportunity to hear directly from a panel of veteran editors about how to craft pitches that catch their attention and ultimately get a green light. Learn how to start a dialogue with editors, how to write a perfect pitch, and what editors want and need from freelance writers.

• David Corcoran, editor, Science Times, The New York Times
• Scott Hensley, digital correspondent/editor, NPR
• Tyghe Trimble, senior editor, Men’s Journal
• Moderator: Lisa Zamosky, independent journalist, Los Angeles

Skyline

Redefining mental disorders: What are the new stories?

For the last several years, coverage of psychiatric diagnoses has focused largely on the wrangling around the “psychiatric bible,” the DSM-5. But at long last, those decisions are largely made, and the question becomes: What next? Psychiatry’s holy grail is diagnosis and treatment based on biology rather than lists of symptoms. Genetics, brain scans, drug responses - what is the most important research, now under way or coming in the not-too-distant future, to create that long-desired biological underpinning? What other mental illness stories should reporters explore in the coming months and years?

• Steven E. Hyman, M.D., director, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
• Paul Summergrad, M.D., chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine; psychiatrist-in-chief, Tufts Medical Center
• Bruce M. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., director, Shervert Frazier Research Institute, McLean Hospital
• Moderator: Carey Goldberg, co-host, CommonHealth, WBUR

Back Bay

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunch on own
(Nearby eateries listed in program)

 

1:40-3:50 p.m.

Freelance PitchFest

Attention Freelancers! Editors from some of the top magazines, newspapers and websites are coming to Boston to meet you. This will give you an opportunity to sit down and discuss your story ideas one-on-one with editors from selected publications. Sign up for quick appointments with editors you're interested in working with. At the PitchFest, writers will have a limited amount of time with each editor, so come prepared to sell your work. That means you need to arrive with specific pitches for the editors, as well as clips, resumé, etc. This has been called AHCJ's version of "speed dating for writers" and we keep things moving to make as many matches with editors and writers possible.

• Sarah Alger, deputy editor, Time Inc. Content Solutions
• Valarie Basheda, director of editorial content, WebMD
• Timothy H. Cole, editorial director, Belvoir Media Group - Harvard Health Publications
• David Corcoran, editor, Science Times, The New York Times
• Tim De Chant, editor, NOVA
• Elie Dolgin, Ph.D., news editor, Nature Medicine
• Denise Fulton, executive editor, IMNG Medical Media
• Gideon Gil, health & science editor, The Boston Globe
• Peggy Girshman, managing editor, Kaiser Health News
• Christine Gorman, editor, health & medicine, Scientific American
• Lottie Joiner, senior editor, The Crisis
• Tod Jones, Costco Connection
• Kathy LaTour, editor at large, CURE Magazine
• Brendan Maher, feature editor, Nature
• Anna Miller, Monitor on Psychology and gradPSYCH
• Colleen Paretty, executive editor, WebMD Magazine
• Ron Shinkman, editor, Payers & Providers
• Karl Stark, assistant managing editor, health and science, The Philadelphia Inquirer
• Serena Stockwell, editor, Oncology Times
• Amber Taufen, assistant editor, MGMA Connexion
• Joy Taylor, editor, Health Callings
• Tyghe Trimble, senior editor, Men’s Journal
• Doug Whiteman, BankRate.com
• Organizer: Jeanne Erdmann, independent journalist

Seaport Ballroom

1:40 p.m.

Lessons from Massachusetts in handling health care costs

The Obama administration and states are sharply focused on curbing health care costs. But spending less on medical treatment without denying patients needed care and bankrupting providers is challenging. Massachusetts is far down this road and has seen failures and successes. Use the state’s experience to find stories and inform your reporting. How is the largest hospital network in Massachusetts trying to bring down its high prices without closing burn and trauma units? What is the largest insurer doing to push doctors and hospitals to cut costs and improve quality – and penalize those who don’t? And how will a new agency enforce price limits in a politically-charged environment?

• Andrew Dreyfus, president and chief executive officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
• Tim Ferris, vice president, Population Health Management, Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare
• David Seltz, executive director, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
• Moderator: Liz Kowalczyk, health writer, The Boston Globe

Cityview 1

Are electronic health records finally coming of age?

Information is power. Electronic health records have the potential to put an incredible amount of information – shared and diced and run through predictive models – at doctors’ fingertips so that they can provide better preventive care, avoid errors, and save money. But, we’re not there yet. The projected savings have not happened. And some people who work with the systems worry they could be causing new problems.

• John Halamka, M.D., chief information officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
• Ken Mandl, M.D., M.P.H., director, intelligent health laboratory, Boston Children's Hospital
• Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.M., national coordinator for health information technology,
• Stephen Soumerai, Sc.D., professor of population medicine, Harvard Medical School
• Moderator: Chelsea Conaboy, health reporter, The Boston Globe, Boston.com

Cityview 2

Covering end-of-life issues

In 1990, there were slightly more than 3 million Americans over the age of 85. By 2050, there will be 19 million – two-thirds of which will have a chronic disability and one-third will suffer from dementia. We are victims of modern medicine’s success. We no longer die young, quickly and naturally on the family farm, surrounded by loved ones – rather, death is a long, drawn-out and high-tech ordeal, which traumatizes families and cost society huge sums of money. The panel will describe how poor planning and Medicare policy shape how Americans die – and how journalists can serve their audiences trying to reclaim death with dignity.

• Muriel Gillick, M.D., staff physician, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, professor of population medicine, Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
• Ellen Goodman, co-founder and director, The Conversation Project
• Moderator: Lisa Krieger, science & medicine writer, San Jose Mercury News

Amphitheater

Latest research into the mysteries of autism

More than $1 billion has been spent over the past decade researching autism. In some ways, the search for its causes looks like a long-running fishing expedition, with a focus on everything from genetics to the age of the father, the weight of the mother and how close a child lives to a freeway. But that perception may soon change. Some in the field say we are seeing the beginning of a wave of advances that will better identify autism’s causes and remedies. Hear experts talk about new insights into the genetics underlying autism, the way we detect and treat the condition, and even how we define it.

• Roula Choueiri, M.D., neurodevelopmental pediatrician, Center for Children with Special Needs, Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center
• Walter Kaufmann, M.D., director and professor, Rett Syndrome Program, Boston Children's Hospital
• David T. Miller, M.D., Ph.D., medical geneticist and clinical molecular geneticist, Boston Children's Hospital; assistant professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
• Moderator: Mike Stobbe, Dr.P.H., staff writer, The Associated Press

Skyline

Waiting for children: New stories about infertility

About 10 percent of women 44 and younger, or 6.7 million, have trouble getting or staying pregnant, the CDC reports. Women account for a third of infertility problems and men for another third. Experts will discuss new directions in reporting on various causes, age factors, ethical issues, treatments and other options. This panel includes a physician who will share the “gift of parenthood” from her mother who offered to be her surrogate at 55 as well as the medical risks.

• Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., executive director, Domar Center for Mind/Body Health; director, Integrative Services, Boston IVF; senior staff psychologist, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
• Camille T.C. Hammond, M.D., M.P.H., CEO, Cade Foundation
• Aaron A. Styer, M.D., associate director, Basic Science Research Program; reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
• Moderator: Yanick Rice Lamb, associate professor, Howard University

Back Bay

3-3:50 p.m.

Snacks and prize drawings
Break sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital

Harborview Ballroom

4 p.m.

Can technology-consumer interaction improve health behaviors?

Whether it’s social media or apps for smart phones, technology is becoming intertwined with traditional health care. But how effective is it in improving consumer health, and can it exacerbate health disparities? Can telemedicine, like a virtual nurse, reduce hospital readmissions and reduce health care costs? Experts talk about several programs, explore pros and cons of technology in consumer health and disease management, and the future of technology in health care.

• Brian Jack, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine / Boston Medical Center
• T. Bernard Kinane, M.D., chief, pediatric pulmonary unit, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
• K. Vish Viswanath, Ph.D., associate professor, Harvard School of Public Health
• Elissa Weitzman, Sc.D., M.Sc., assistant professor, Boston Children's Hospital Informatics Program
• Moderator: Naseem S. Miller, multimedia reporter, IMNG Medical Media

Cityview 1

Controlling health care costs while improving quality

Medical providers are moving – or being pushed – away from traditional fee-for-service medicine to new models like accountable care organizations or patient-centered medical homes. Driven in part by the Affordable Care Act and Medicare reform, this rapidly emerging system rewards doctors and hospitals for working together to improve quality and rein in costs but it can be confusing and complex to explain. This panel will break it down for journalists so they can return home to their markets and write thoughtful, compelling and understandable stories.

• Donald M. Berwick, M.D., former president and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; former administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
• Reid Blackwelder, M.D., president-elect, American Academy of Family Physicians
• Nancy Shendell-Falik, R.N., M.A., chief nursing officer and senior vice president, Patient Care Services, Tufts Medical Center
• Moderator: Bruce Japsen, columnist and blogger, Forbes

Cityview 2

Tracking, exposing prescription drug abuse in your state

Deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses continue to increase, taking a staggering toll on communities, families and the health care system. But is your state responding appropriately? Do pill mills still exist? Are regulators taking action against doctors who seemingly prescribe narcotics like candy? This session will explore stories journalists should be writing and tools at your disposal to compare your states to others and to evaluate the extent of the problem in your coverage area.

• John L. Eadie, director, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Center of Excellence at Brandeis University
• Lisa Girion, staff writer, Los Angeles Times
• Alan Schwarz, national correspondent, The New York Times
• Moderator: Charles Ornstein, senior reporter, ProPublica

Amphitheater

Veteran health stories: Prosthetics, stress and caregiving

Soldiers are returning home with conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, which research is now linking to long-term medical conditions such as inflammatory diseases and certain cancers. Even family members who are tasked to be caregivers are feeling the effects of war. Divorce rates, murders and suicide rates are higher among military families after a soldier returns home. This panel will discuss the latest research on medical conditions many combat veterans face and the challenges facing families.

• Kathy Clair-Hayes, M.S.W., M.A., L.I.C.S.W., director of family outreach, Home Base Program, Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital
• Kenneth Pitts, M.S., veteran and research scientist, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
• Ross D. Zafonte, D.O., Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton chairman, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School; vice president medical affairs, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; and chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital
• Moderator: Lara Salahi, reporter, The Boston Globe

Skyline

Can states strengthen oral health?

Oral health sometimes gets left out of the wider conversation about health care. Our panel will explore how specific states are using the oral health provisions of the Affordable Care Act to get more care to children and/or adults. Panelists will weigh in on the barriers states face in reaching underserved communities and to look at some of the creative and controversial ways states are attempting to address these barriers. Meanwhile, as communities continue to fight over water fluoridation, we will find out whether states can do more to promote disease prevention.

• Robert Faiella, D.M.D., M.M.Sc., president, American Dental Association
• Mary Foley, executive director, Medicaid-CHIP State Dental Association
• Mark Nehring, D.M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H., chair, Department of Public Health and Community Service, Tufts School of Dental Medicine
• Moderator: Mary Otto, AHCJ topic leader/oral health; independent journalist, Washington, D.C.

Back Bay

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Membership Meeting

Come hear about AHCJ's latest efforts from your elected board.

Cityview 1

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