Health Journalism 2009: Expected Events and Panels

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Thursday, April 16

Field Trips

8 a.m. Buses load
5 p.m. Arrive back at hotel

Both tours include a boxed lunch.

Tour One
• Cardiac procedure for children
• Telemedicine
• Infant simulator
• Seeing the "health of place"

Tour Two
• Battling malaria and tuberculosis
• Training surgeons through virtual operating room
• Using robots for remote surgery
• Connecting neuroscience with prosthetics
• Mapping the brain

11:45 a.m.

Lunch will be available for people attending the multimedia workshops

Outside the Eliza Anderson Amphitheater

12:15-5 p.m.

Multimedia workshop series

The venue for these workshops will have electrical outlets for laptops and wireless access for attendees. We invite you to bring your laptops to follow along.

12:15-1:15 p.m.

Social networking tools for reporters

  • Mónica Guzmán, online reporter, 

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Getting and using audio for Web reports

  • Phyllis Fletcher, reporter, KUOW-FM 
  • Robert Hernandez, directory of development,

2:45-3:45 p.m.

Blogging your beat

  • Scott Hensley, independent journalist, Brooklyn, N.Y.

4-5 p.m.

Free online tools for better story telling

  • Daniel Lathrop, independent journalist, Seattle

Eliza Anderson Amphitheater

5:30 p.m.

Actress and playwright Sarah JonesConference opening session
Join Tony Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones for "A Right to Care," where she takes on the multicultural and class components of the U.S. health care system.

Eliza Anderson Amphitheater

7 p.m.

AHCJ opening-night reception
Sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund

Leonesa II & III

Friday, April 17

8-9 a.m.

Newsmaker briefing

Eliza Anderson Amphitheater

9:30-10:45 a.m.

Identifying and addressing medically underserved areas

  • Mark Doescher, M.D., M.S.P.H.., director, Office of Rural Health Care, School of Public Health, University of Washington
  • Anita Monoian, chairwoman, National Association of Community Health Centers and CEO, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services
  • Kris Sparks, director, Office of Rural Health, Washington State Department of Health; board member, National Rural Health Association
  • Moderator: Leah Beth Ward, reporter, Yakima Herald-Republic

Leonesa I

Investigating hospital finances

  • Karl Stark, health and science editor, The Philadephia Inquirer

Leonesa II

Biology of aging

  • Carl Eisdorfer, M.D., Ph.D., Knight professor and director, University of Miami Center on Aging
  • Matt Kaeberlein, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Pathology, University of Washington
  • George M. Martin, M.D., professor emeritus, Department of Pathology, University of Washington; adjunct professor of genome sciences (retired) and director emeritus of University of Washington Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Peter Rabinovitch, M.D., Ph.D., director, University of Washington Nathan Shock Center for Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging
  • Moderator: Eileen Beal, independent journalist, Cleveland

Leonesa III

Are you ready? Before, during and after the disaster

  • Eric Holdeman, port security director, Port of Tacoma
  • Onora Lien, special projects manager, King County Healthcare Coalition
  • Johnese Spisso, chief clinical operations officer, University of Washington Medicine
  • John Verrico, media spokesman, Department of Homeland Security
  • Moderator: Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times

Eliza Anderson Amphitheater

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

Explaining costs in health stories

  • Marge Ginsburg, executive director, Center for Healthcare Decisions
  • Glenn Melnick, Ph.D., professor, University of Southern California
  • Gary Schwitzer, health journalism professor, University of Minnesota; publisher,
  • Moderator: Julie Appleby, senior correspondent, Kaiser Heatlh News

Leonesa III

Efforts at improving hospital patient safety

  • David R. Flum, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.; professor of surgery and medical director, Surgical Outcomes and Assessment Program, University of Washington
  • Cathie Furman, R.N., M.H.A., senior vice president, quality and compliance, Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Patrick Hagan, president and chief operating officer, Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Connie Lopez, R.N.C., M.S.N., C.N.S., national leader, Patient Safety & Risk Management, Kaiser Permanente
  • Moderator: Kelley Weiss, health care reporter, Capital Public Radio

Eliza Anderson Amphitheater

Mental health: Reporting beyond the labels

  • Elizabeth McCauley, professor, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, University of Washington
  • Randy Revelle; senior vice president, policy and public affairs; Washington State Hospital Association
  • Jennifer Stuber, assistant professor, social welfare, University of Washington
  • Moderator: Pat Duggan, senior HealthLink producer, KING-Seattle


12:30-2 p.m.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.Luncheon

  • New president. New Congress. New health system?
    Spotlight speaker: Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

Leonesa I & II

2-3 p.m.

Win a prize!

Visit our exhibitors to be eligible to win drawings that will be held every 15 minutes (must be present to win).


3-6 p.m.

Freelance PitchFest
Editors from magazines, newspapers, Web sites are coming to meet AHCJ's freelance members! 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. Bring your best ideas and be prepared to sell your work. Sign up for appointments with editors now or you can visit the registration desk at the conference beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 17, to make appointments.

So far, editors who will be interviewing freelancers include:

  • David Bronstein, group editorial director, McMahon Medical Publishing
  • Daniel J. Denoon, senior medical writer, WebMD
  • Matthew Heimer, deputy editor, SmartMoney
  • Diana Mason, R.N., Ph.D., editor, American Journal of Nursing
  • Meredith Matthews, senior editor, Current Health 1 and Current Health 2
  • Laurie McGinley, senior editor, Kaiser Health News
  • Christian Millman, health editor, Better Homes and Gardens
  • Ivan Oransky, managing editor for online, Scientific American
  • Julia Sommerfeld,
  • Colleen Paretty, executive editor, WebMD Health

Discovery & Portland

3:15-4:30 p.m.

State oversight of health professionals

  • Gina Barton, investigative reporter, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
  • Peter Korn, reporter, Portland Tribune
  • Andrew McIntosh, senior writer, The Sacramento Bee
  • Moderator: Charles Ornstein, senior reporter, ProPublica

Leonesa I

Electronic health records: Why it matters

  • Gary Kalkut, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president and chief medical officer, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Gwendolyn O'Keefe, Associate Medical Director for Quality and Informatics, Group Health Cooperative
  • Bill Reid, Director, HealthVault Platform Strategy,Microsoft Corp.
  • Moderator: Phil Galewitz, The Palm Beach Post

Leonesa II

Vaccines: Filtering the noise

  • Tamara Cullen, naturopathic physician, Bastyr University
  • Laura Koutsky, researcher, University of Washington
  • Edgar Marcuse, pediatrician, Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Kathy Neuzil, infectious disease expert, PATH
  • Moderator: Tom Paulson, independent journalist, Seattle

Leonesa III

Shared decision-making: New laws, new insights

  • David Arterburn, M.D., M.P.H., assistant investigator, Group Health Cooperative
  • Karen Merrikin, J.D., executive director, public policy, Group Health Cooperative
  • Ben Moulton, J.D., M.P.H., executive director, American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
  • Benjamin S. Wilfond, M.D., director, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital; professor and chief, Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Moderator: Gary Schwitzer, health journalism professor, University of Minnesota; publisher,

Eliza Anderson Amphitheater

4:45-6 p.m.

Second wind for stem cell research

  • Lawrence S.B. Goldstein, Ph.D., board member, International Society for Stem Cell Research; professor of cellular and molecular medicine, University of California, San Diego
  • Chuck Murry, cardiovascular pathologist, University of Washington; co-director, UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
  • Moderator: Susan Heavey, Thomson-Reuters

Leonesa II

Health literacy: Does the public understand you?

  • Michael Hayes, Ph.D., associate dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Amanda Hinnant, assistant professor, magazine journalism, University of Missouri
  • Andrew Holtz, M.P.H., independent journalist, Portland, Ore.

Leonesa III

Boot camp, battlefield and beyond: Covering veterans' health issues

  • Hal Bernton, reporter, The Seattle Times
  • Kevin Graman, reporter, The (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review
  • Stephen C. Hunt, M.D., M.P.H., director, VA Puget Sound Post Deployment Health Clinic Programs
  • Moderator: Michael J. Berens, investigative team reporter, The Seattle Times

Eliza Anderson Amphitheater

Saturday, April 18

8-9 a.m.

Newsmaker Briefing

Eliza Anderson Amphitheater

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Rebuilding the baby boomer: Spare parts for the 21st century

  • Anthony Atala, M.D., director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine; chairman, department of urology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Buddy Ratner, bioengineering professor and director, University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials program
  • Susan Foote, professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
  • Moderator: Andy Miller, health care reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Leonesa II

Medical effectiveness: Is there a NICE in U.S. future?

  • Tanisha Carino, vice president, Avalere Health LLC
  • Kalipso Chalkidou, M.D., Ph.D., director of policy consulting, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
  • Dennis J. Cotter, president, Medical Technology and Practice Patterns Institute Inc.
  • Joe Rojas-Burke, staff writer, The Oregonian
  • Moderator: Trudy Lieberman, director, health and medicine reporting program, City University of New York

Eliza Anderson Amphitheater

Master class in health care fraud

  • John Schilling, author, health care fraud consultant and accountant
  • Jim Sheehan, inspector general, New York Medicaid
  • Duff Wilson, investigative reporter, The New York Times
  • Moderator: Mark Taylor, independent journalist, Chicago

Leonesa III

Latest moves in unraveling autism

  • Bryan H. King, M.D., professor and vice chair, psychiatry and behavioral sciences; director, child and adolescent psychiatry, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Paul A. Offit, M.D., author and faculty, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Diana E. Schendel, Ph.D.; lead, research and epidemiology team, Developmental Disabilities Branch, CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
  • Alison Singer, autism parent advocate, Scarsdale, N.Y.
  • Moderator: Mike Stobbe, staff writer, The Associated Press

Leonesa I

10:45 a.m.-noon

Tracking animal-borne diseases

  • William Davenhall, global marketing manager, Health and Human Service Solutions, ESRI
  • Anthony A Marfin, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., state epidemiologist, Washington Department of Health
  • Terry F. McElwain, D.V.M., Ph.D.; professor, School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University
  • Steven J. Sweeney, M.S., D.V.M., veterinary medical officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health
  • Moderator: Megan Clark, independent producer, Seattle

Leonesa III

The healthy environment: It's not just medicine

  • Michael Hayes, Ph.D., associate dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Stephen A. Bezruchka, M.D., senior lecturer, Department of Global Health, University of Washington
  • Moderator: Andrew Holtz, M.P.H., independent journalist, Portland, Ore.

Eliza Anderson Amphitheater

Complementary and alternative medicine: What's working, what's ahead

  • Dan Cherkin, Ph.D., senior scientific investigator, Group Health Center for Health Studies
  • Jane Guiltinan, N.D., clinical professor, Bastyr Center for Natural Health; member of the Board of Trustees, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle
  • Anjana Kundu, M.B., B.S., D.A., director, ambulatory pain medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Moderator: Sally James, independent journalist, Seattle


Bioethics for journalists: Communicating the tough cases

  • Don Colburn, reporter, The Oregonian
  • Douglas Diekema, director of education, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Cassie Sauer, vice president, communications, Washington State Hospital Association
  • Moderator: Carla K. Johnson, medical writer, The Associated Press


12:15-2:15 p.m.

Awards Luncheon

  • Keynote speaker Uwe E. Reinhardt, Ph.D.Keynote speaker:
    Uwe E. Reinhardt, Ph.D., James Madison Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Leonesa I & II

2:30-3:45 p.m.

Statistics, conclusions, limitations: Reporting on medical studies

  • Alan Cassels, pharmaceutical policy research, University of Victoria, British Columbia
  • David Henry, chief executive officer, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, Canada
  • Moderator: Gary Schwitzer, health journalism professor, University of Minnesota; publisher,

Leonesa III

The intersection of government, nonprofits and business in the global health arena

  • Joe Cerrell, director, policy and advocacy, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • John E. Lange, senior program officer, Global Health Policy & Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Bobby Shriver, co-founder and chairman, (PRODUCT)RED
  • Moderator: Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief, Health Affairs

Eliza Anderson Amphitheater

The state of Native American health

  • Ralph Forquera, executive director, Seattle Indian Health Board
  • Thomas Sweeney, public affairs director, Indian Health Service
  • Moderator: Kara Briggs, columnist, Indian Country Today


4-5:15 p.m.

Freelance: Building your brand

  • Dan Caine, principal, Incite: The Brand Alignment Company
  • Barbara Feder Ostrov, independent journalist, San Jose, Calif.
  • Mark Forehand, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, University of Washington School of Business
  • Irene M. Wielawski, independent journalist, Pound Ridge, N.Y.

Leonesa I

AHCJ annual contest award winners share their stories

Leonesa III

Effects of global climate change on health

  • Elizabeth Jackson, doctoral candidate, University of Washington
  • Catherine Karr, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, pediatrics; adjunct assistant professor, environmental and occupational health sciences; University of Washington School of Medicine and School of Public Health
  • Lewis Ziska, Ph.D., plant physiologist, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Moderator: Lisa Stiffler, independent journalist, Seattle

Eliza Anderson Amphitheater

5:30 p.m.

AHCJ Membership Meeting

Leonesa III

7 p.m.

AHCJ Saturday-night reception
Sponsored by The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, USC
Please RSVP for this event

Leonesa II

Sunday, April 19

How-to sessions

8:30-10 a.m.

Using Hospital Compare and Nursing Home Compare

  • Charles Ornstein, senior reporter, ProPublica

Leonesa I

Understanding health insurance

  • Arthur Baldwin, principal and consulting actuary, Milliman Inc.
  • Trudy Lieberman, director, health and medicine reporting program, City University of New York

Leonesa II

Mining Pub Med Central and MedlinePlus

  • Gail Kouame, consumer health coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region
  • Linda Milgrom, outreach coordinator/librarian, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region
  • Robert Logan, National Library of Medicine

Leonesa III

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Storytelling with style and structure: Blueprints for success

  • Jacqui Banaszynski, professor, Knight Chair in Editing, Missouri School of Journalism

Leonesa I

Building and maintaining a professional Web site

  • Daniel Lathrop, independent journalist, Seattle

Leonesa II

Adding pop to broadcast work: Focus on the health beat

  • Deborah Potter, executive director, NewsLab

Leonesa III