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Health Journalism 2006 - Schedule

Thursday, March 16

8 a.m.

Field Trip: University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston

3 p.m. Conference registration opens
4-6 p.m.

Evidence-based medical reporting workshop

  • Barbara Gastel, Texas A&M University
6:30 p.m.

Newcomer welcome

7 p.m.

Opening reception

Friday, March 17

7:45 a.m. Continental breakfast available
8 a.m.

Breakfast with the Experts

(choose one of several quick presentations)

  • Using Western science to validate Eastern medicine
    Lorenzo Cohen, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Neuroimaging: What's in your head?
    Dr. John Dani, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Drank, lean, barre, purple stuff, syrup
    Ronald J. Peters, UT School of Public Health
  • On a good day, you're OK-on a bad day, you're dead
    Guy L. Clifton, University of Texas Medical School at Houston
  • Personalized medicine
    Roy Herbst, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • When success causes distress: Treating the professional in crisis
    John O'Neill, The Menninger Clinic
8:35 a.m.

Breakfast with the Experts presentations

(choose second of several repeated presentations)

9:15 a.m.

Broadcast - Letting numbers tell the story

  • Ivan Oransky, The Scientist
  • Maria Simbra, KDKA-Pittsburgh

(Bring laptop if you have one.)

IT: Its promise for changing health care

  • Linda Dimitropoulos, Privacy and Security Solutions for Interoperable Health Information Exchange, RTI International
  • Sam Karp, California HealthCare Foundation
  • Mark Leavitt, Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology
  • Moderator: Neil Versel, contributing editor of Health-IT World News

The future of cancer research

  • John Mendelsohn, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Anna Barker, National Cancer Institute
  • Moderator: Sanjay Bhatt, The Seattle Times

Is your hospital any good?

  • Charlie Ornstein, Los Angeles Times
  • Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Medicaid basics and beyond

  • Jason Cooke, Health Management Associates
  • Leslie Reed, Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Rebecca Adams, Congressional Quarterly
  • Moderator: Amy Olson, Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers
10:45 a.m.

Covering drugs and medical devices

  • John Abramson, Harvard Medical School
  • Susan Kelleher, The Seattle Times
  • Barry Meier, The New York Times
  • Moderator: Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Adolescent mental health issues

  • Norma Clarke, The Menninger Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Joyce Davidson, The Menninger Clinic
  • Tina Hesman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Moderator: Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Press

Stem cell research: Promise, perils and politics

  • Claire Hulsebosch, UTMB-Galveston
  • James Willerson, UT Health Science Center, Houston
  • Thomas P. Zwaka, M.D., Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Moderator: Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle

Is cross-border care the next big trend?

  • Ana Andrade, Health Net of California
  • Jim Arriola, Sekure Healthcare, San Diego, Calif.
  • David Warner, LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin
  • Moderator: Mary Chris Jaklevic, freelance

Intro to health law and medical ethics

  • James D. Duffy, Institute for Palliative Medicine at The Methodist Hospital, and Institute for Religion and Health at the Texas Medical Center.
  • Amy L. McGuire, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
  • William Winslade, University of Houston's Health Law and Policy Institute and UTMB-Galveston
  • Thomas William Mayo, Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, SMU
  • Moderator: Leigh Hopper, Houston Chronicle
Noon Lunch on your own
1:00 p.m. Field trip: Baylor College of Medicine
Field trip: University of Texas Health Science Center
1:30 p.m.

Taking it to school: Policy approaches in treating childhood obesity

  • Margo Wootan, Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Steve Kelder, UT School of Public Health
  • Mary Story, University of Minnesota
  • Moderator: Sue Havala Hobbs, University of North Carolina

Autism and vaccines: Sticking points

  • Martin Myers, National Network for Immunization Information and UTMB-Galveston
  • Diane Treadwell-Deering, Texas Children's Hospital
  • Fernando Guerra, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
  • Moderator: Laura Beil, Dallas Morning News

Covering the returning wounded

  • George Weightman, Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio
  • David Smith, Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center, San Antonio
  • Sally Holmes, Michael DeBakey VA Med Center, Houston
  • Moderator: Don Finley, San Antonio Express-News
3:00 p.m.

Medicare and prescription drugs

  • Leslie V. Norwalk, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS
  • Susan Jaffe, Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Stu Gutterman, Commonwealth Fund
  • Robert Hayes, Medicare Rights Center
  • Moderator: Trudy Lieberman, Consumers Union

Exploring the health challenges of Hispanic Americans

  • Raul Caetano, UT School of Public Health, Dallas
  • Kirk L. Smith, Frontera de Salud, UTMB-Galveston
  • Margaret Spitz, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Moderator: Mary Chris Jaklevic, freelance

HIV/AIDS treatment: Scaling up globally

  • Penny Duckham, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Mark Kline, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Dave Parks, The Birmingham News
  • Moderator: Leigh Hopper, Houston Chronicle

Using PubMed

  • Mary Jackson, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
4:45 p.m. Press briefing
7 p.m.

Evening reception at Westin Galleria Ballroom

  • Talk by Carolyn Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Saturday, March 18

7:45 a.m. Continental breakfast available
8 a.m. Learn about joining existing local chapters of AHCJ or starting one in your city.
8:30 a.m. Field trip: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
9 a.m.

Broadcast - Making it compelling, keeping it accurate

  • Helen Chickering, NBC News
  • Kenny Goldberg, KPBS-San Diego
  • David Raziq, KHOU-Houston
  • Maria Simbra, KDKA-Pittsburgh

(Bring laptop if you have one.)

Good news, bad news: The real story of modern-day cancer survivors

  • Carol P. Curtiss, Curtiss Consulting; Tufts University School of Medicine and University of Southern Indiana
  • Wendy S. Harpham, Dallas internist, author, patient advocate
  • Rena Sellin, Life after Cancer Program, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Moderator: Maureen "Shawn" Kennedy, American Journal of Nursing, New York

Katrina health impacts

  • John Pope, New Orleans Times Picayune
  • David Rousseau, principal policy analyst, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Moderator: Bruce Shapiro, Dart Center for Trauma & Journalism

Freelance: A survival guide for brain and bank account

  • Stefanie Friedhoff, writer based in Cambridge, Mass., and Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Carol Milano, writer-author based in New York City
  • Roxanne Nelson, writer based in Seattle
  • Moderator: Irene Wielawski, writer-editor based in Pound Ridge, N.Y.

Getting the big picture: Online systematic reviews

  • Gilbert Ramirez, Des Moines University and the Cochrane Collaboration
  • Nicola Rowan, Joanna Briggs Institute
  • Moderator: Andrew Holtz, freelance
10:30 a.m.

Cooperation or Conflict: Academic researchers, industry, government

  • Patrick Jones, University of Arizona and Association of University Technology Managers
  • Mazharullah Shaik, National Technology Transfer Center, Wheeling Jesuit University
  • James Musser, Center for Molecular and Translational Human Infectious Diseases Research
  • Moderator: Jennifer Gordon, Dallas Business Journal

HIPAA: Good intentions and unintended consequences

  • Christina Solis, UT Health Science Center
  • Gene Policinski, First Amendment Center of the Freedom Forum
  • Jessica Bernanke, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Carol Ostrom, The Seattle Times
  • Moderator: Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Press

Health care fraud: Ripping off the elderly

  • Mary Southwick, Better Business Bureau Education Foundation
  • Carmel Dyer, Huffington Center on Aging, Houston
  • Tim McGinnis, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Moderator: Leigh Hopper, Houston Chronicle

Triaging the medical beat

  • Barbara Gastel, Texas A&M University
  • Don Finley, San Antonio Express-News
  • Maria Simbra, KDKA-Pittsburgh
Noon

Awards luncheon

Winners of the 2005 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism will be named.

Keynote speaker: Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute and acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

2:15

Preparing your community for pandemics

  • Herminia Palacio, Harris County (Texas) Department of Public Health and Environmental Services
  • Paul Glezen, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Joe McCormick, UT Health Science Center, Houston
  • Georges Benjamin, American Public Health Association
  • Moderator: Maryn McKenna, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 

Nanotechnology: The big story in biotech

  • Jay Conyers, UT Health Science Center, Houston
  • Eric Berger, Houston Chronicle
  • Bob Gower, Carbon Nanotechnologies
  • Renata Pasqualini, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Moderator: Mary Ann Roser, Austin American-Statesman
 

The Uninsured: From Texas to both coasts

  • Fernando Guerra, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
  • Anthony Wright, Health Access California
  • Gordon Bonnyman, Tennessee Justice Center
  • Joe Ditre, Consumers for Affordable Health Care, Maine
  • Moderator: Trudy Lieberman, Consumers Union
3:45 p.m. Membership meeting
5 p.m.

SPECIAL SESSION

"How I got the story" - Hear from AHCJ's contest winners

Moderators:

  • Charlie Ornstein, Los Angeles Times, co-chair contest committee
  • Julie Appleby, USA Today, co-chair contest committee
7:30 p.m.

Bonus field trip

The Houston Museum of Natural Science will offer a free special showing of Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies

Bus will leave at 7:30 p.m. Sign up at the conference registration table for a limited number of seats.

Sunday, March 19

9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast available
9:30 a.m.

Explaining complex issues through real people

  • Julie Appleby, USA Today
  • Dan Costello, Los Angeles Times
  • Phil Galewitz, Palm Beach Post

Live organ donation: What every health reporter should know

  • Donna Luebke, living donor and donor advocate
  • Luis Mieles, Liver Transplant Program, UT Medical School at Houston
  • Ridgely Ochs, Newsday
  • Moderator: Deborah Shelton, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Interpreting scientific studies: A primer

  • Donald Berry, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Ruth SoRelle, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Moderator: Leigh Hopper, Houston Chronicle

Following the money: Do hospitals in your area provide care patients don't need?

  • Megan McAndrew, Dartmouth Atlas Project
11 a.m.

Broadcast - Getting good visuals for your story

  • David Bolinsky, XVIVO
  • Chris Henao, KHOU-Houston
  • Keith Tomshe, KHOU-Houston
  • Moderator: Maria Simbra, KDKA-Pittsburgh

Harvard survey of health reporters

  • Vish Viswanath, Harvard
  • Moderator: Ivan Oransky, The Scientist

Freelance - Beyond cold calls: Breaking through with editors

  • Maureen "Shawn" Kennedy, American Journal of Nursing
  • Colleen Paretty, WebMD Health
  • Moderator: Irene Wielawski, freelance

Getting the big picture: Online systematic reviews

  • Gilbert Ramirez, Des Moines University and the Cochrane Collaboration
  • Nicola Rowan, Joanna Briggs Institute
  • Moderator: Andrew Holtz, freelance
12:20 p.m. Conference ends