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Health Journalism 2007 Schedule

9 a.m. Workshop
Covering health in a multicultural society
  • Instructor: Brian Henderson, M.D., dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Instructor: Andrea Carrión, reporter, Hoy, Los Angeles
  • Instructor: Andrew Holtz, independent journalist, Portland, Ore.; AHCJ board member
  • Instructor: Sue Rochman, San Francisco-based freelance journalist
  • Instructor/Moderator: Sheree Crute, independent journalist, Brooklyn, N.Y.; editor of AHCJ’s “Covering Health in a Multicultural Society”

Lunch buffet for workshop attendees

12:15 p.m.

Field Trip 1: City of Hope
Lunch served at field trip site.
This field trip is full. Feel free to register for standby.

1:30 p.m. Workshop
Medicine 101: Words, numbers and journals
(Ideal for those new to the beat or wanting a refresher!)
  • Barbara Gastel, M.D., coordinator, Science Journalism Program, Texas A&M University
  • Roy M. Pitkin, M.D., editor emeritus, Obstetrics & Gynecology; professor emeritus, UCLA
  • Tom Lang, author, How to Report Statistics in Medicine: Annotated Guidelines for Authors, Editors and Reviewers
  • Moderator: Susan Brink, health reporter, Los Angeles Times
5 p.m.

Newcomer welcome and orientation

5:30 p.m. Breaking news conference
End-of-life care – Racial and ethnic differences
Latest study results on racial and ethnic differences at the end of life. This study, released by the California HealthCare Foundation, will highlight the wide range of opinion and experience with end-of-life care in the nation’s most populous and diverse state.
  • Expected presenter: Mark D. Smith, president/CEO, California HealthCare Foundation
7:30 p.m. Opening night reception

Join us for some food, drink and conversation to kick off Health Journalism 2007. Meet the association’s board of directors, as well as new members and old friends.


Friday, March 16

8 a.m.

Breakfast with experts sessions
(choose one of several quick presentations)

  • Advances in brain tumor treatment
    Behnam Badie, M.D., director of Brain Tumor Program and Department of Neurosurgery, City of Hope
  • Earlier diagnosis, treatment of autism
    Pauline Filipek, M.D., director of the Autism Program and co-director of the For OC Kids neurodevelopmental Center at the University of California, Irvine
  • The Human Epigenome Project
    Peter Jones, Ph.D., director of the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and immediate past-president of American Association for Cancer Research
  • Addressing male menopause
    Chris Saigal, M.D., M.P.H., urologist, UCLA
8:45 a.m.

Breakfast with experts sessions
(choose second of several repeated presentations)

8:30 a.m. Field Trip 2: USC
This field trip is full. Feel free to register for standby.
9:30 a.m. Panel
Are hospitals learning from patient-centered quality efforts?
  • Dale Shaller, Shaller Consulting
  • Susan Frampton, president, Planetree
  • Donna L. Smith, M.D., chief of pediatrics, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle
  • Moderator: Trudy Lieberman, director, Health and Medicine Reporting Program, City University of New York
What constitutes healthy aging and how to cover it
  • Gene Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Center for Health, Aging and Humanities at George Washington University
  • Steven Wallace, Ph.D.; UCLA School of Public Health
  • Monika White, Ph.D., M.S.W., C.M.C.; president/CEO, Center for Healthy Aging
  • Moderator: Paul Kleyman, editor, Aging Today
Covering kids: Health coverage for low-income children
  • Barbara Lyons, vice president/deputy director, Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Cindy Mann, research professor, Health Policy Institute of Georgetown University
  • Alice Kuo, assistant professor, director, Community Health and Advocacy Training Program, UCLA
  • Moderator: Rebecca Adams, senior writer, CQ Weekly
What’s been learned from rating health stories?
  • Instructor: Gary Schwitzer, health journalism professor, University of Minnesota; publisher,
  • Instructor: Harold DeMonaco, Decision Support and Quality Management Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
11:10 a.m. Panel
Public health crisis preparation: Following the money
  • Linda Rosenstock, M.D., M.P.H., dean, UCLA School of Public Health
  • Robert Block, homeland security reporter, The Wall Street Journal
  • Jeffrey Wasserman, senior policy researcher, Rand Corporation
  • Kristi Koenig, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., professor of emergency medicine and director of public health preparedness, University of California-Irvine
  • Moderator: Barbara Feder Ostrov, San Jose Mercury News
HIV/AIDS: Universal testing, latest outlook, therapies
  • Bernard Branson, M.D., Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, CDC
  • Alexandra M. Levine, M.D., chief medical officer, City of Hope
  • Mia Malan , Internews Network
  • Moderator: Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press
Health IT and electronic medical records
  • David J. Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., chairman, Health Evolution Partners
  • Richard Hillestad, Ph.D, professor of policy analysis, Frederick S. Pardee Rand Graduate School
  • Rainu Kaushal, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of public health, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • Moderator: Daniel Costello, Los Angeles Times
Tools for covering nursing homes
  • Instructor: Trudy Lieberman, director, Health and Medicine Reporting Program, City University of New York
  • Instructor: Charles Bell, programs coordinator, Consumers Union
  • Instructor: Charlene Harrington, Ph.D., R.N., associate director, Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, University of California, San Francisco
12:45 p.m. Luncheon Roundtable
Hollywood and Health
  • Neal Baer, M.D., executive producer, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Elizabeth Klaviter, director of medical research, Grey’s Anatomy
  • Vicky Rideout, director, Program for the Study of Entertainment Media and Health, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • David Foster, M.D., writer for House, M.D.
  • Jason Thompson, portrays Dr. Patrick Drake on General Hospital
  • Kimberly McCullough, portrays Dr. Robin Scorpio on General Hospital
  • Moderator: Andrew Holtz, M.P.H., author of The Medical Science of House
2:45 p.m. Newsmaker Briefing
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his health team discuss health-care policy in California and its implications nationally.
4:15 p.m. Panel
Role of the workplace in disease prevention
  • Bonnie Lewis, senior business development manager, Dole Nutrition Institute
  • Kristina Ledesma-Davies, manager of human resources, American Apparel
  • Susan Heller, program manager, Ventura County Wellness Program
  • Mark Speare, senior associate director, Patient Relations & Human Resources, UCLA Medical Center
  • Moderator: Phil Galewitz, health writer, The Palm Beach Post
The science of stem cells
  • Michael A. Friedman, M.D., president and CEO, City of Hope
  • Owen Witte, director, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine, UCLA
  • Martin Pera, Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, USC
  • Moderator: Rosie Mestel, reporter, Los Angeles Times
The health of America’s minority populations
  • Kimlin Tam Ashing-Giwa, Ph.D., professor and director, City of Hope Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education
  • Michael V. Drake, M.D., chancellor, University of California, Irvine
  • Ka-Kit Hui, professor and director, Center for East-West Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Moderator: Geoff Chin, chief reporter, Sing Tao Daily
New generation of veterans deals with post-traumatic stress
  • Mark Barad, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and anxiety clinic supervisor, UCLA Anxiety Disorders Program
  • Lt. Col. Val Reyes, California Department of Juvenile Justice/Parole Services
  • Larry Albers, M.D., chief of mental health care group, VA Long Beach Healthcare System
  • Moderator: Blythe Bernhard, health reporter, The Orange County Register
Behind closed doors I: Covering local hospital finances
  • Instructor: Karl Stark, national/foreign editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer


Saturday, March 17

8 a.m. Field Trip 3: UCLA
Breakfast served at field trip site.
This field trip is full. Feel free to register for standby.
8:30 a.m. Panel
Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery: Avoiding common reporting pitfalls
  • Leslie H. Stevens, M.D., F.A.C.S. plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Beverly Hills
  • Marianne Guarena, founder, YesThey'
  • Mark Berman, M.D., F.A.C.S., cosmetic surgeon, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Mark Tan, M.D., F.A.C.S., plastic and reconstructive surgeon, City of Hope
  • Moderator: Gerri Shaftel, medical producer, KTTV-Los Angeles
Innovations and ethics of reproductive health
  • Richard Paulson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., director of USC Fertility
  • Wendy Kramer, founder of Donor Sibling Registry
  • Ryan Kramer, donor-conceived teenager
  • Moderator: Susan Kelleher, reporter, The Seattle Times
The impact of continued Medicaid cost cutting
  • Jon Gilwee, senior director, Government Healthcare Programs, University of California, Irvine
  • Patrick T. Dowling, M.D., chair, Family Medicine, UCLA
  • Therese A. Hughes, government relations, Venice Family Clinic
  • Moderator: Andy Miller, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Learning to tap multiple-cause-of-death data
  • Instructor: Thomas Hargrove, reporter, Scripps Howard News Service
10 a.m. Panel
Global health: Access, money and politics in HIV and HPV treatment
  • Michael A. Friedman, M.D., president and CEO, City of Hope
  • Scott Wittet, HPV vaccines project, PATH
  • Isabelle de Zoysa, M.D., senior adviser for HIV/AIDS, Office of the Assistant Director-General for Family and Community Health, World Health Organization
  • Moderator: Kristen Hallam, health editor, Bloomberg News, London
Curing childhood obesity: Latest research on what works and what doesn't
  • Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D., author of Weight Loss Confidential: How Teens Lose Weight and Keep It Off – And What They Wish Parents Knew
  • Dan M. Cooper, M.D., professor of pediatrics and bioengineering, and director, Pediatric Exercise Research Center , University of California, Irvine
  • David Ludwig, M.D., director of the obesity program, Children's Hospital of Boston
  • Michael Goran, Ph.D., associate director of the Institute for Prevention Research, USC
  • Moderator: Mary Chris Jaklevic, independent journalist, Chicago
Innovations in surgery
  • Ralph Clayman, M.D., professor and chair of urology, University of California, Irvine Medical Center
  • Robin Farias-Eisner, M.D., chief, Gynecologic Oncology, UCLA
  • Ronni Sanlo, patient who experienced robotic hysterectomy
  • Bryan Ellenburg, patient who had minimally invasive, robotically-assisted prostate cancer surgery
  • Timothy G. Wilson, M.D., director, Department of Urology & Urologic Oncology and director of the Prostate Cancer Program, City of Hope Cancer Center
  • Moderator: Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Press, Chicago
The role of consumer-directed plans in health care reform
  • Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin, health economist, Rand Corporation
  • Jamie Court, president, Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights
  • Regina E. Herzlinger, professor, Harvard Business School
  • Stephen Lynch, president of regional health plans, Health Net Inc.
  • Moderator: Deborah Crowe, reporter, Los Angeles Business Journal
Narrative medical journalism
  • Jane O. Hansen, reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Kurt Streeter, reporter, Los Angeles Times
  • Moderator: Ivan Oransky, M.D., deputy editor, The Scientist
11:30 a.m. Annual membership meeting
12:45 p.m. Awards luncheon
Keynote: Steve Case, Revolution Health Group
3 p.m. Plenary
Stem cell policy
  • Introduction. Peter J. Donovan, developmental biologist and interim co-director, Stem Cell Research Center, University of California, Irvine
  • Deborah V. Ortiz, former chair of the state Senate Health Committee
  • Zach W. Hall, president, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • Susan V. Bryant, Ph.D., vice chancellor of research, University of California, Irvine and member, Independent Citizens Oversight Commission for state stem cell research
  • Moderator: Mary Engel, health care writer, Los Angeles Times
Plenary presented by University of California, Irvine
4:40 p.m.
Turning your story into a book
  • Betsy Amster, agent, Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises, Inc., Los Angeles
  • Jonathan Cohn, author, Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis — And The People Who Pay The Price (HarperCollins)
  • Eric Lasher, agent, The LA Literary Agency, Los Angeles
  • Moderator: Maryn McKenna, Kaiser Media Fellow and author, Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service
AHCJ award winners talk about their work
  • Moderator: Julie Appleby, reporter, USA Today
Clearing medical coverage hurdles in all size broadcast markets
  • Kenny Goldberg, health reporter, KPBS-San Diego
  • Jim Scott, managing editor, WEWS-Cleveland
  • Seema Mathur, medical reporter, KEYE-Austin, Texas
  • Moderator: Maria Simbra, M.D., medical correspondent, KDKA-Pittsburgh
Maintaining public trust: Covering local transplant centers
  • Instructor: Charles Ornstein, reporter, Los Angeles Times
  • Instructor: Tracy Weber, reporter, Los Angeles Times
7:30 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Reception at nearby Café Tu Tu Tango
Sponsored by USC Annenberg School for Communication and The California Endowment


Sunday, March 18

9:30 a.m. Panel
Freelancing: Minimizing isolation, maximizing networking
  • Eileen Beal, independent journalist
  • Jeanne Erdmann, freelance medical science writer
  • Tami Dennis, health section editor, Los Angeles Times
  • Moderator: Kathryn Foxhall, independent journalist
Diabetes as the new global scourge
  • Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director, CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation
  • Francine Kaufman, M.D., Los Angeles Childrens Hospital
  • Anne Peters, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.D.E., director, USC Clinical Diabetes Programs
  • Moderator: Maureen "Shawn" Kennedy, R.N., news director, American Journal of Nursing
Keeping local TV health news accurate – and honest
  • Trudy Lieberman, director, Health and Medicine Reporting Program, City University of New York
  • L.G. Blanchard, manager, UAB health system media relations
  • Thomas McCormally, public information officer, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City
  • Gerri Shaftel, medical producer, KTTV-Los Angeles
  • Moderator: Mike Hoyt, executive editor, Columbia Journalism Review
Behind closed doors II: Covering local hospital quality
  • Instructor: Charles Ornstein, Los Angeles Times
11 a.m. Panel
When information access and privacy law collide
  • Michael Berens, reporter, The Seattle Times
  • Carole Klove, chief compliance officer, UCLA
  • Jenifer McKim, reporter, The Orange County Register
  • Moderator: William Heisel, reporter, Los Angeles Times
Latest dangers, latest efforts to combat antibiotic resistance
  • Mary Mendelsohn, R.N., CIC infection control coordinator, City of Hope
  • John E. Edwards Jr., M.D., chief; program director, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program; Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  • Dennis M. Dixon, Ph.D., chief, Bacteriology and Mycology Branch, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, HHS/NIH/NIAID
  • Teresa Y. Morishita, D.V.M., Ph.D., Dipl. A.C.P.V., professor and outreach veterinarian (poultry and wildlife), College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Moderator: Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press
Learning to operate in a multimedia environment
  • Joe Howry, editor, Ventura County Star
  • Jennifer Pollard, Web site manager, KDKA-Pittsburgh
  • MJ Vilardi, CEO, Vilardi Creative Associates
  • Moderator: Maria Simbra, M.D., medical correspondent, KDKA-Pittsburgh
12:30 p.m. Conference ends