Health Journalism 2014: Program for Thursday and Friday

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Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday


Wednesday, March 26

3-7 p.m.

Conference registration desk opens
On-site sign-up period for the Freelance PitchFest begins.

Imperial Ballroom
(2nd Floor)

Thursday, March 27

7 a.m.

Conference registration desk opens

Imperial Ballroom
(2nd Floor)

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Field trips
Trips to the University of Colorado, Children's Hospital Colorado and National Jewish Health will feature research into how altitude affects people, cancer, Down syndrome, using 3-D printers to create body parts, art therapy, lung health, allergies and much more.




9-11:15 a.m.

Crafting compelling health stories

This intense and lively workshop will highlight some of the best techniques you can use to bring sparkle to your health and science stories in ways that make important information more accessible, relevant and engaging. The focus will be on a writer’s four power tools: theme and meaning, character development, scenes and structure. If time permits, seminar will include round-robin brainstorming to identify solutions to the most common writing challenges.
  • Jacqui Banaszynski, Knight chair in editing, Missouri School of Journalism

Mt. Sopris A

How to read medical studies – and write smarter stories

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 better ways to frame findings and get tips on how to get answers even on tight deadlines. Get tools to write and produce stories that make your readers and viewers more informed.

Mt. Sopris B

11:15 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own
Nearby eateries listed in program


1:45 p.m.

Separating fact from fiction: End-of-life decisions in the United States
Special end-of-life track sponsored by The Hastings Center. 

What constitutes death – and who gets to decide? When can life support be withdrawn from a patient – and who gets to decide? Recently, controversial cases have brought these kinds of issues to the forefront, raising thorny legal and ethical issues. This will be a primer for journalists who need familiarity with these issues as they report on end-of-life care. Among the questions that panelists will address: What is the ethical and legal framework in the U.S. surrounding end-of-life medical decision-making? How should decisions be made when patients lack decision-making capacity? Do patients or their surrogates have a legal right to “demand” treatment that doctors believe to be unwarranted? What are the rights and responsibilities of surrogates? How do forgoing treatment, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia differ in law, ethics, and practice?
  • Alan Meisel, J.D., director, Center for Bioethics and Health Law

  • Mildred Solomon, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer, The Hastings Center

  • Moderator: Judith Graham, independent journalist, Denver

Grand Ballroom

The art of the tweet

What’s the greatest use of Twitter for a health journalist? Panelists will walk us through how to craft the best tweets to inform a health news-hungry public and help journalists cultivate online sources that build a solid reporting foundation and loyal Twitter following.
  • Gil Asakawa, manager of student media, University of Colorado-Boulder

  • Liz Szabo, medical reporter, USA Today

  • Moderator: Andrew Villegas, associate editor, Kaiser Health News

Mt. Sopris B

2-3 p.m.

Spotting the gaps in evidence, ethics and practice
Special end-of-life track sponsored by The Hastings Center.

Can a cure become a curse? Dialysis and feeding tubes may be life-saving treatments for people dealing with chronic and acute illness. But that may not be what’s best for people who are dying. This panel of palliative care experts will explain the clinical and ethical issues health care providers and their patients must face as they make this difficult transition. It will help journalists see how they can approach these stories properly, and educate the general public about the increasingly frequent decisions frail elders must make.
  • Lewis Cohen, M.D., professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

  • Jean Kutner, M.D., M.S.P.H., Gordon Meiklejohn endowed professor of medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

  • Moderator: Mary Shedden, reporter, WUSF-Tampa

Grand Ballroom

Using data to put local health into context

Explore data trends in life expectancy, obesity, physical activity, hypertension and smoking for every county in the United States. Conference attendees will be able to compare the health of men and women at the county level to the health of their peers nationally. They will be able to use data and online tools to write stories and create graphics about their communities.
  • Nancy Fullman, policy translation specialist, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

  • Rhonda Stewart, senior communications officer, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Download The State of US Health: Innovations, Insights, and Recommendations from the Global Burden of Disease Study, the policy report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation used in this panel. 

Mt. Sopris B

4:20 p.m.

A journalist's guide to clearer writing
Special end-of-life track sponsored by The Hastings Center. 

How do you describe death when you’re on deadline? Two recent and wrenching cases – Marlise Munoz in Fort Worth, Texas, and Jahi McMath in Oakland, Calif. – have been riddled with questions, heartbreak and flawed journalism. We describe how death is determined (brain vs. cardiac), who has the right to decide how such patients are treated and the difference between brain death, vegetative state, coma and minimally conscious state. The terms often are used in ways that are confusing and misleading. Common clichés and metaphors can undermine solid reporting and affect the quality of the conversation among families, professionals and public policy makers. This session will help journalists keep their writing well informed, strengthening their ability to improve the public debate about end of life care.
  • Nancy Berlinger, Ph.D., research scholar, The Hastings Center

  • Daniel Johnson, M.D., F.A.A.H.P.M., clinical lead for palliative care, Care Management Institute, Kaiser Permanente

  • Moderator: Lisa Krieger, science and medicine writer, San Jose Mercury News

Grand Ballroom

Statistics: Basic tips for better stories

Have you stared down graphs, p-values and tables in medical papers and wished you could decipher the statistical methods and language? In this workshop, learn several key questions to ask during your next interview. We’ll highlight confidence intervals, meta-analyses and statistical significance. Have no fear: no prior statistics experience is necessary. Visit the Noise & Numbers blog for interactive aspects of the workshop.
  • Hilda Bastian, editor, PubMed Health

  • Kathleen M. Raven, independent journalist, Atlanta

Mt. Sopris B

4:30-5 p.m.

Newcomer welcome
Meet AHCJ board members and learn how to make the most of the conference.

Mt. Sopris B

5:45 p.m.

Official conference kickoff and welcome

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper, who describes himself as a "recovering geologist now on loan to public service," will welcome attendees to Colorado.

Grand Ballroom

6:45 p.m.

A conversation with former HHS Secretary Louis W. Sullivan

  • Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., The Sullivan Alliance

Grand Ballroom

7-8:30 p.m.

Welcome to Denver Reception
Sponsored by The Denver Post and KMGH-Denver/7News

Pinnacle Club (Atrium Tower)

Friday, March 28

7-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast available in the Exhibit Hall

Imperial Ballroom

Networking breakouts
Look for marked tables in the Exhibit Hall.

  • Broadcasters

  • Editors

  • Freelancers

Imperial Ballroom 

9-10:20 a.m.

Health access in the wide-open spaces

For some Americans, problems with access to health care aren't about having a relatively small number of doctors and hospitals to choose from. In large parts of the country, people feel fortunate if there's even one doctor in their small town. Some have to drive 30 or 40 miles to get to that sole provider. Specialty care may be three or four hours away. And many small communities find it difficult to attract and retain professionals, who may feel isolated and overwhelmed. As the Affordable Care Act takes hold, how will it affect the workload for these vital providers? What role can telemedicine play in providing access to care? Can a non-profit, cooperative approach to health insurance bring new options to rural communities? This panel will offer journalists a better understanding of what "rural" health care really means, and how they can pursue ideas for stories that haven't been told over and over.
  • Dean W. Bartholomew, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., owner/physician, Platte Valley Medical Clinic, Saratoga, Wyo.

  • Chrysanne Grund, project director, Greeley County (Kan.) Health Services

  • Jack Westfall, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical officer, Colorado HealthOP

  • Moderator: Bryan Thompson, health reporter, Kansas Public Radio

Mt. Sopris A

ACA: An interim report card

The Affordable Care Act got off to a miserable start on Oct. 1. Six months later, how much has it recovered? The political opposition is unabated – but millions of people are getting covered. What have we learned about the first open enrollment season and the start of the exchanges. How big is the gap between the states that implemented and those that turned their backs? And will the states that embraced the law but implemented poorly – for example, Oregon and Maryland – get back on track? Get up to date on the ACA and find out where we might go from here.
  • Richard Cauchi, health program director, National Conference of State Legislatures

  • Lindy Hinman, chief operating officer, Connect for Health Colorado

  • Caitlin Sweany, senior manager, Pricewaterhouse Coopers Health Research Institute

  • Moderator: Eric Whitney, independent journalist, Centennial, Colo.

Mt. Sopris B

Medical ramifications of legal marijuana

Colorado and Washington have launched the largest uncontrolled experiments in marijuana in the history of North America, with many states sure to follow. Marijuana supporters make wild and unsupported claims about the health benefits of pot and its chemical derivatives; legitimate researchers want to use the legalized environment to conduct effective health studies without falsely promoting another Lorenzo's Oil or laetrile. Is legalization a scientist's dream or a doctor's nightmare? Yes to both. Medical tourists flock to Colorado. State regulators argue over the lack of evidence for treating PTSD. National and local experts will sort out the promise and the dangers of legalization for medicine, health care and health policy.
  • J. Michael Bostwick, M.D., professor of psychiatry, Mayo Clinic

  • Michael Elliott, executive director, Marijuana Industry Group

  • Kari L. Franson, Pharm.D., Ph.D., associate dean for professional education, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Larry Wolk, M.D., M.S.P.H., executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

  • Moderator: Michael Booth, editor, Health Elevations, The Colorado Health Foundation

Click here for relevant stories featured on this panel.

Grand Ballroom

Is your local hospital ready for a disaster?

Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing last year and the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting the year before, nearby hospitals were inundated with scores of victims, many near death. Hospitals in New York City and New Orleans were flooded and lost power during hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. Tornadoes destroyed hospitals in Moore, Okla., and Joplin, Mo. In this session, you will learn how hospitals should prepare for a disaster, and how to evaluate the readiness of hospitals you cover.
  • Paul D. Biddinger, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., medical director for emergency preparedness, Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare

  • Deborah Schoch, senior writer, CHCF Center for Health Reporting

  • Richard D. Zane, M.D., professor and chair, University of Colorado School of Medicine

  • Moderator: Gideon Gil, health and science editor, The Boston Globe

Mt. Elbert A

Freelancers: Editors give the inside story

Experienced freelancers already know how to pitch editors at their dream publications: Read and study the publication, craft a pitch perfectly targeted to the publication, and, for heaven’s sake, keep typos out of your story pitch. This year the editor’s panel is going granular. Our panel of editors will talk about production schedules and lead time. They’ll give information on how long it takes the story to go from assignment, through editing, and then publication; and give intel on how often they take stories from new writers. Editors will also bring samples of pitches from stories they’ve assigned and talk about the qualities they like best in their top freelancers.
  • Betsy Agnvall, features editor, health, AARP Media

  • David Corcoran, editor, Science Times, The New York Times

  • Lynya Floyd, health director, Family Circle

  • Tyghe Trimble, senior editor, Men's Journal

  • Moderator: Jeanne Erdmann, independent journalist, Wentzville, Mo.

Mt. Elbert B

10:40 a.m.-

Plunging into health care: How to master the beat

Are you new to health care, building your beat from scratch? Or interested in how other journalists manage its challenges? A panel of experienced reporters will share tips on how to find answers quickly, stay on top of the news, select what to cover, identify meaningful stories, develop sources, write with clarity and balance, and avoid pitfalls.

Mt. Sopris A

New realities of aging

As people live longer, the health care and services they require, especially in the last years of life, become increasingly complex. Meanwhile, the delivery of the care, treatment and services they require becomes more fragmented and expensive. This panel focuses on conditions that contribute to care complexity and expense – frailty and declining mental and cognitive health – and provides insight into the kind of coordinated, wrap-around care needed to best address the needs of the nation’s aging population…and who’s going to be providing it.
  • Ernestine Kotthoff-Burrell, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.A.A.N.P., assistant professor, University of Colorado

  • Joanne Lynn, M.D., M.A., M.S., director, Altarum Institute

  • Jules Rosen, M.D., chief medical officer, Mind Springs Health/Colorado West Inc.

  • Moderator: Eileen Beal, M.A., independent journalist, Cleveland

Mt. Sopris B

From production to plate: Food security and safety

This panel will explore the many angles of food supply stories. Is your food safe to eat? Can food labeling make us feel safer? How do children and the elderly in America cope with hunger? The topic is broad and the stories are many for reporters eager to explore the different faces of food security and safety.
  • Marisa Bunning, Ph.D., associate professor and extension specialist, Colorado State University

  • Liz Seman, vice chair, Meals On Wheels Association of America

  • Margo Wootan, Ph.D., director of nutrition policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest

  • Moderator: Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor, Columbia Journalism Review

Grand Ballroom

Experiments in reducing ER loads

Find out how “hot spotting” is being used to control health-care costs around the country. Just 5 percent of the sickest patients account for more than half of U.S. health-care costs, according to the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. In Colorado, four pilot sites are trying techniques to quell the frequent fliers who wind up in emergency rooms or hospital beds. What are the stories there and across the United States? How high is the tab?
  • Tracy L. Johnson, Ph.D., M.A., director, health care reform initiatives, Denver Health and Hospital Authority

  • Heather Logan, co-director, Bridges to Care, Metro Community Provider Network

  • Paul Melinkovich, M.D., director, community health services, Denver Health and Hospital Authority

  • Moderator: Yanick Rice Lamb, associate professor, Howard University

Mt. Elbert A

Covering prescription drug data

For years, pharmaceutical companies have paid handsomely for data about the drugs that doctors prescribe. Now, reporters and the public are getting their first peak at physician prescribing with the release of doctor-specific data by Medicare Part D. This session will explore how to use this data, as well as preview the information that will be released this fall on payments to physicians by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. You'll want to attend this session if you have an interest in the intersection of financial relationships and prescribing.
  • Eric G. Campbell, Ph.D., professor of medicine-health policy, Harvard Medical School

  • Kendra Martello, deputy vice president of strategic operations, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

  • Moderator: Charles Ornstein, senior reporter, ProPublica

Mt. Elbert B

New journalism business models

The past five years have seen the rapid spread of nonprofit online news services, driven in part by shakeups in the major media industry. These news models come in all varieties: local, statewide, regional and national, with some focusing on a single topic and others covering several beats. Questions this panel will explore include the factors leading to the online news explosion and the range of financial support for these sites. We’ll look at wheter nonprofit news operations are financially sustainable, the challenges in starting one and bringing it up to scale and then how to measure success?
  • Laura Frank, executive director, I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS

  • Carol Gentry, editor, Health News Florida

  • Tim Griggs, fellow, The Texas Tribune

  • Rosemary Hoban, editor, North Carolina Health News

  • Moderator: Andy Miller, editor, Georgia Health News

Mt. Evans

1:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own
Nearby eateries listed in program


1:40-3 p.m.

Regulating health professionals

When health care providers harm patients through substandard care, or even commit crimes against them, we expect licensing boards to quickly step in and take those professionals out of practice. But that’s often not the case. Some boards will allow years of patient harm to go by before stepping in, and then give what amounts to a slap on the wrist. This panel will provide guidance to journalists interested in investigating their state health licensing boards, from showing what happens when and why health professionals are called in front of boards, to giving first-hand examples of the data and records needed to determine if the board is performing its most basic duty: protecting the public.
  • Melanie L. Balestra, N.P., J.D., partner attorney, Cummins & White LLP

  • David A. Swankin, president and chief executive officer, Citizen Advocacy Center

  • Sidney Wolfe, M.D., director, Health Research Group, Public Citizen

  • Moderator: Brandon Stahl, data/watchdog reporter, Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul

Mt. Sopris A

Grappling with PTSD across society

Evidence-based assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder is spreading from veterans to other people experiencing lasting symptoms after traumatic events. Journalists covering the health beat are often called upon to assess psychological care after hurricanes, shootings, incidents of child abuse or other tragic news events. The panel will explore what journalists need to know about recent research and how it’s changing people’s lives.
  • Adria N. Pearson, Ph.D., assistant professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

  • Paula Schnurr, Ph.D., acting executive director, National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Steven M. Southwick, M.D., Glenn H. Greenberg professor of psychiatry, PTSD and resilience, Yale University School of Medicine

  • Moderator: Carla K. Johnson, medical writer, The Associated Press

Mt. Sopris B

Covering disparities in oral health

While advances such as community water fluoridation have been credited with greatly improving the oral health of Americans in recent decades, serious disparities still exist. Black, Hispanics, Native Americans and Alaska Natives bear a disproportionate share of the burden of oral disease in this country, and members of these racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to get dental care than white Americans. Our panel of experts will look at the factors that contribute to these disparities and efforts to address them.
  • Terry Batliner, D.D.S., associate director, Center of Native Oral Health Research, University of Colorado

  • Diane Brunson, R.D.H., M.P.H., director of public health and interprofessional education, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

  • Jonathan M. Bowser, M.S., assistant professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

  • Moderator: Mary Otto, AHCJ topic leader/oral health; independent journalist, Washington, D.C.

Maroon Peak

Commercializing research: Bringing ideas to the market

There are thousands of exciting and potentially beneficial ideas in labs all over the country – including basic research in the life sciences, chemistry, engineering, digital health, big data and more. These ideas live in university, government and private company labs, and even in the workshops of private physicians and inventors. But the ecosystem for commercializing health research is complicated and full of obstacles. This panel will discuss the opportunities and the obstacles along the chain of moving great ideas from the lab to the patient.
  • Lauren C Costantini, Ph.D., vice president of therapeutics and device development, Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development

  • Arlen Meyers, M.D., M.B.A., professor of otolaryngology, dentistry and engineering, University of Colorado

  • Robin Shandas, Ph.D., chair, Department of Bioengineering, University of Colorado

  • Moderator: Elaine Appleton Grant, senior editor, Colorado Public Radio

Mt. Elbert A

Cutting-edge sports science: From elites to everyone

Colorado is a mecca for elite athletes and home to the U.S. Olympic Training Center where advances in genetics, physiology and nutrition are helping scientists tailor training programs to individual athletes. This panel will discuss what the latest sports science means for the rest of us. We’ll discuss the ways genetics influences the body’s response to exercise, how cutting edge training methods developed for elites can help ordinary folks maximize their fitness programs, and what the newest research on sports nutrition can offer people exercising for health and weight loss.
  • David Epstein, investigative reporter, ProPublica

  • Jennifer Gibson, M.Sc., R.D., C.S.S.D., registered dietitian, United States Olympic Committee

  • Neal Henderson, M.S., C.S.C.S., founder and owner, APEX Coaching & Consulting

  • Moderator: Christie Aschwanden, independent journalist, Cedaredge, Colo.

Mt. Elbert B

Medicare changes: Impact on hospitals and patients

Federal budget tightening, increased CMS oversight, and stiffer readmissions penalties have upped the ante for health care delivery systems to provide better care at lower cost. More Medicare patients are being placed on “observational” status. Meanwhile, progressive health care system leaders are figuring out how to produce better quality and safety while curbing overtreatment and waste. Experts will offer insight into stories journalists can consider.
  • Rosemary Gibson, senior adviser, The Hastings Center

  • Susan Jaffe, independent journalist, Washington, D.C.

  • Kevin Unger, president/CEO, Poudre Valley Hospital

  • Moderator: Liz Seegert, AHCJ topic leader/aging; independent journalist, New York

Mt. Evans

3:50 p.m.

Freelance PitchFest
Attention Freelancers! Editors from some of the top magazines, newspapers and websites are coming to Denver 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.

Reminder: If you fail to show up for any of your appointments, you will not be allowed to sign up in advance for next year’s PitchFest. Additionally, be aware that the booked editor will have your name, potentially harming your reputation with that publication for years to come.

  • Betsy Agnvall, features editor, health, AARP Media

  • David Corcoran, editor, Science Times, The New York Times

  • Tasha Eichenseher, senior editor, Yoga Journal

  • Lynya Floyd, health director, Family Circle

  • Gideon Gil, health and science editor, The Boston Globe

  • Lena Huang, editorial director, CURE Magazine

  • Lottie Joiner, senior editor, The Crisis Magazine

  • Tod Jones, managing editor, U.S. Costco Connection Magazine

  • Roxanne Khamsi, chief news editor, Nature Medicine

  • Nancy Lapid, managing editor, Reuters Health

  • Ilima Loomis, managing editor, Spirituality & Health Magazine

  • Kate Lowenstein, health director, Prevention Magazine

  • Anna Miller, associate editor, Monitor on Psychology

  • Colleen Paretty, editorial director, WebMD Magazine

  • Karl Stark, assistant managing editor, health and science, The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Tyghe Trimble, senior editor, Men's Journal

  • Diane Webber, project editor, Kaiser Health News

  • Organizer: Jeanne Erdmann, independent journalist, Wentzville, Mo.

Grand Ballroom

3-4 p.m.

Snacks and prize drawings
Break sponsored by The Hastings Center

Imperial Ballroom

5:30 p.m.

Transparent reporting: Investigating in the open

Traditionally, journalists try to keep things quiet while they're reporting to protect their scoop and their sources. Our panelists blow that notion away. We'll present strategies to engage an audience and tap it for story ideas and expertise. Our panelists have used Facebook, Google forms, community events and other strategies to do stories and projects and are rich and well-rounded with a variety of perspectives.

Mt. Sopris A

Immigrant health care: National politics, local challenges

As immigration reform legislation stalls and the Affordable Care Act continues to restructure America’s health care system, millions of immigrants face increasing challenges when it comes to accessing quality, affordable health care. Among the more than 40 million immigrants living in the U. S. today, there are approximately 11 million who are unable to register for Medicaid or purchase insurance through Affordable Care Act health exchanges. Yet this population already experiences significant disparities in health status and health access. Learn about the impact of immigration policy on health, what the health care system must do to meet the challenge, and how journalists can tell the story.
  • Lisa Cacari Stone, Ph.D., assistant professor of health policy, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

  • Randy Capps, Ph.D., director of research, U.S. Programs at the Migration Policy Institute

  • Cindy Carcamo, national correspondent, Los Angeles Times

  • Moderator: Sheree Crute, independent journalist, Brooklyn, N.Y

Mt. Sopris B

Is technology speeding coordinated medicine?

Coordinated care seems like a no-brainer, and something patients should expect -- a team of providers working in sync to meet their physical and mental health needs. But it's much more difficult in actual practice. A panel of experts will talk about research into what works, what doesn't, and why, and specifically how health information technology stands to help solve longstanding problems. We'll also look at the new sets of issues technology itself brings to coordination efforts.
  • Marjie Grazi Harbrecht, M.D., chief executive officer, HealthTeamWorks

  • Benjamin F. Miller, Psy.D., assistant professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

  • Robert L. Wergin, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., president-elect, American Academy of Family Physicians

  • Moderator: Eric Whitney, independent journalist, Centennial, Colo.

Maroon Peak

Suicide: Covering prevention, repercussions and survivors

Suicide is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death, with the highest rates occurring in Mountain West states. Why do a higher proportion of people who live amid the stark beauty of the area take their own lives, frequently with firearms? Hear from a reporter who has chronicled Montana’s runaway suicide rate, an emergency medicine doctor who studies factors contributing to suicide in the region and a suicide prevention specialist who helps the media report on the topic responsibly.
  • Marian Betz, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of emergency medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

  • Cindy Uken, health care reporter, Billings (Mont.) Gazette

  • Matt Vogl, M.P.H., deputy director, University of Colorado Depression Center

  • Moderator: David Wahlberg, health/medicine reporter, Wisconsin State Journal

Mt. Elbert A

Mapping bacteria in the body

For years, bacteria received a bad rap. But now, after several hundred years of killing bacteria, we are realizing they can actually help us in innumerable ways. As the body of research in this area grows, it is more likely that you will have to cover the issue from different angles. This session is designed to give you a solid understanding of the human microbiome: why it's important, how it impacts human health and disease, the current state of research, and available treatments.
  • Nadim J. Ajami, Ph.D., research associate, Baylor College of Medicine

  • Rob Knight, Ph.D., professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado

  • Catherine Lozupone, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

  • Moderator: Naseem S. Miller, senior reporter, Frontline Medical News

Mt. Elbert B

6:40 p.m.

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

Mt. Sopris B

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