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Health Journalism 2020: Preliminary agenda

Panels and workshops were created from more than 200 suggestions made by AHCJ members, conference sponsors, outside organizations and nonmember journalists.

Sessions are often a merger of several ideas and are assigned to journalist organizers who then staff their panels with experts suggested by the local planning committee of journalists, national planning committee, conference sponsors, fellow journalists and through their own coverage experience or research.

Organizers are asked to take into account national reputation, local expertise and regional flavor, ethnic and gender diversity and communication skills. Our hope is that each conference offers attendees new sources for their stories.

Note: This is a preliminary schedule and subject to change as conference planning continues.
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Thursday, April 30

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Field trips to area research and clinical sites.

 

9-11 a.m.

Medical studies

 

Understanding HIPAA and privacy in the digital age

 

Writing workshop

 

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

Pitch perfect: What writers know about pitching

 

How to measure opportunities for health in neighborhoods

 

12:30-1:45 p.m.

Lunch on your own

 

1:45- 3 p.m.

 Mock PitchFest: Perfecting your pitch

 

The more things change: Using online tools to understand health trends

 

3:15-4:15 p.m.

Swiss Army knife for journalists: Handling misinformation and advocacy language

 

Big data: Clarity from the chaos

 

4:30-5:15 p.m.

First-time attendee welcome

 

5:30-6:50 p.m.

Official conference welcome and kickoff session

 

7 p.m.

Welcome to Austin reception

 

Friday, May 1

The Exhibit Hall will be open all day for networking and finding new resources.

7-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast available

 

9-10:20 a.m.

The computational revolution in medicine

 

What’s ahead in improving access to affordable drugs

 

Expanding access to child psychiatry

 

Follow the money: How payment drives medical errors, mortality and mayhem

 

Oral health

 

The crucial health care questions for 2020 candidates

 

10:40-noon

New approaches to assessing brain injury in the field

 

Restoring purpose: The antidote to clinician burnout

 

Loaded language: Unpacking hidden biases of common terms used in health care reporting

 

Immigrant health: Caught in the political landscape

 

Can employers use data to drive down hospital costs?

 

Medicare

 

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own

 

1:40-4 p.m.

Freelance PitchFest

Editors from some of the top magazines, newspapers and websites are coming to Austin to meet you! Bring your best ideas to the Freelance PitchFest. This session has been created to give you an opportunity to sit down and discuss your ideas one-on-one with editors from selected publications. Be sure to read the PitchFest etiquette rules. #AHCJpitchfest
 

1:40-3 p.m.

Shaping social determinants into a business model

 

Reporting on the changing landscape of hospice care

 

Surprise medical bills and the bipartisan push to eliminate them

 

Hope vs. hopelessness: Reporting on suicide

 

The future of the ACA

 

Real-world evidence in cancer research

 

3-4 p.m.

Exhibit crawl/Snack break

 

4:20-5:40 p.m.

New approaches to bring health to the homeless

 

Social factors that influence brain aging

 

What to watch out for in Medicaid

 

Climate change and public health

 

Gene therapies: The patient experience

 

5:50-6:50 p.m.

Membership meeting

 

Saturday, May 2

The Exhibit Hall will be open all day for networking and finding new resources.

7-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast available

 

9-10:20 a.m.

Adverse childhood experiences: Building community resilience

 

Is your state tackling this hard question: Who's going to mind the frail aging?

 

The role of social work in transforming health and health care

 

Freelance: Reporting in the field - in your community, another state or internationally

 

Mental health care and the criminal justice system

 

New frontiers in harm reduction

 

10:40 a.m.-noon

Violence and public health

 

Exploring the risk of harm to nurses on the job

 

The opioid epidemic driving HIV, STD increases

 

Incorporating images and sounds on the health beat

 

Why sex matters: How differences impact health care, research

 

Medical devices: From approval to removal

 

Noon-2 p.m.

Awards luncheon

 

2-3 p.m.

Exhibit crawl and dessert

 

3-4:20 p.m.

Frontiers in telemedicine

 

Continuing disparities in LGBTQ populations

 

The coming tropical storm: Texas at the forefront of new diseases

 

New payment models: Measuring value in health care

 

Cutting through the clouds to cover vaping

 

Helping the brain repair itself: Interventions based on brain-computer interfaces

 

4:40-6 p.m.

Monitoring the quality and safety of long-term care in your community

 

Writing about the many emerging angles of cannabis

 

Designing a future-focused medical school curriculum

 

Freelance: Reduce, reuse, recycle - how journalists can ethically reuse their content

 

Maternity care in the U.S.: High costs but low rankings

 

6:15-7:30 p.m.

Reception

 

Sunday, May 3

7:30-8:45 a.m.

Breakfast available

 

9-10:20 a.m.

Hospital quality

 

Interviewing patients for facts and feelings

 

Census 2020: The must-do health stories

 

10:40 a.m.-noon

Hospital finances

 

10:40 a.m.-noon

Freelance: Low pay, slow pay, no pay - a workshop on contracts