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Health Journalism 2006 - Webcasts and podcasts


IT: Its promise for changing health care (podcast, mp3)

Addressing the Bush administration's ambitious national health IT agenda, the significant financial, privacy and technology challenges it must overcome; certification of vendor products as a catalyst to accelerate HIT adoption; and variances in state laws and business practices that hinder the electronic sharing of health information.


  • 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


Thanks to the Kaiser Family Foundation, several sessions at Health Journalism 2006 were taped for Internet viewing. Click on the sessions below to visit the KaiserNetwork and view the sessions.

Medicaid basics and beyond (video)


  • Jason Cooke, principal, Health Management Associates
  • Leslie Reed, vice president for health policy, Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Rebecca Adams, senior writer, Congressional Quarterly
  • Moderator: Amy Olson, health editor, Wausau Daily Herald

Intro to health law and medical ethics (video)


  • Thomas William Mayo, J.D., ethicist and associate professor, Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, Southern Methodist University
  • Amy McGuire, J.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
  • James Duffy, M.D., director, Institute for Palliative Medicine at the Methodist Hospital, and executive director, Institute for Religion and Health at the Texas Medical Center
  • Moderator: Leigh Hopper, medical reporter, Houston Chronicle

Taking it to school: Policy approaches in treating childhood obesity (video)


  • Steve Kelder, Ph.D., director, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, University of Texas School of Public Health
  • Margo Wootan, Sc.D., nutrition director, Center for Science in the Public Interest and director, National Program Office of the Health Eating Research Program
  • Mary Story, Ph.D., professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • Moderator: Sue Havala Hobbs, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor and associate director, doctoral program in health leadership, University of North Carolina School of Public Health

Medicare and prescription drugs (video)


  • Robert Hayes, president, Medicare Rights Center
  • Susan Jaffe, reporter, Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Stuart Gutterman, senior program director, Commonwealth Fund
  • Leslie Norwalk, J.D., deputy administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Moderator: Trudy Lieberman, director, Center for Consumer Health Choices, Consumers Union and president, Association of Health Care Journalists

Friday evening reception (video)


  • Carolyn Clancy, M.D., director, Agency for Healthcare Research

Katrina Health Impacts (video)


  • John Pope, medical/health reporter, New Orleans Times Picayune
  • David Rousseau, principal policy analyst, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Moderator: Bruce Shapiro, field director, Dart Center