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Upcoming Events:

Title Start Date - End Date City, State
Health Journalism 2011
  04/14/11 - 04/17/11 Philadelphia, PA

Health Journalism 2011AHCJ's annual conference goes to Philly!

The program will include dozens of panels, field trips, newsmaker briefings, Freelance Pitchfest, world-class speakers, 2010 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism luncheon and a number of other special events.

More details will be available in the weeks ahead, but set these days aside now for the best annual training event in health journalism.


Past Events:

Title Start Date - End Date City, State
Health Journalism 2010
  04/22/10 - 04/25/10 Chicago, IL

Join us in the Windy City for a world-class program of panels, workshops, field trips and classes certain to deepen your knowledge of today's hot-button health issues.Health Journalism 2010


Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Johns Hopkins University Quality and Safety Research Group, will be this year's keynote speaker.

Newsmaker briefings with
Thomas Frieden, director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kathleen Sebelius, secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jeffrey Shuren, director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration

Freelance PitchFest: Writers meet with editors and pitch story ideas

A series of sessions to help you understand health reform and explain it to your audience:
• Does comparative effectiveness research work?
• Outlook for the nation's hospitals
• Is there a looming doctor shortage?
• What's ahead for state and local governments
• The reporting challenge going forward

How-to sessions:
• Finding untold health story ideas in data and maps
• Using Cochrane Library resources
• Building a blog/Web site
• Complete reporter's guide to vaccines
• Getting the most out of PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov
• Deciphering hospital quality data

You'll walk away with immediate and longer-term story ideas, meet  sources, strengthen your reporting skills, attend breaking newsmaker events and network with other journalists working hard to stay on top of their beats.

We remain one of the best training deals in journalism, with registration as low as $150 for journalists and $99 for students.

Health Journalism 2009
  04/16/09 - 04/19/09 Seattle, WA

Health Journalism 2009 in Seattle!Join us in Seattle for AHCJ's annual conference, featuring dozens of experts and top journalists.

Reforming our health care system, which many believe is necessary for the United States to see economic recovery, is at the top of many people's minds these days. A number of panels, with expert speakers, at Health Journalism 2009 have been designed to help journalists cover health reform and all of the issues involved in a way that their readers and viewers will understand and appreciate.

More reasons not to miss this conference: Freelance PitchFest , networking with colleagues, receptions and much more. Panels and speakers will cover policy, business, research and clinical topics, with an aim of giving attendees practical ideas and information.

Health Journalism 2008
  03/27/08 - 03/30/08 Washington, DC

Health Journalism 2008Nearly 600 people attended Health Journalism 2008 for dozens of panels on medical research, public health, the business of health care and consumer health. They also hear actor Dennis Quaid's very personal perspective on medical errors, Elizabeth Edwards' take on John McCain's health care plan, top experts debate the future of health care in this country and much more. News briefings by HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and officials from the American Public Health Association and its partners let attendees write stories for their news outlets during the conference.

Gnat Lines News Briefing: Real Health and Medical News for Working Reporters
  04/12/07 - 04/13/07 Lake Blackshear Resort, Cordele, GA
  AHCJ is a sponsor of this event. Board members Charles Ornstein and Karl Stark will be among the panelists.Topics include stroke, prison health and researching local hospitals.
Health Journalism 2007
  03/15/07 - 03/18/07 Los Angeles, CA
  Health Journalism 2008More than 400 journalists attended Health Journalism 2007, gathering story ideas and resources. The conference featured a news briefing by Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; a Hollywood and Health panel of writers, producers and actors from hit television dramas; and a keynote conversation with Steve Case, founder of AOL and Revolution Health.
2006 Regional Conference
  10/27/06 - 10/28/06 Cleveland, OH
  Panel sessions, workshops and field trips planned especially for health care journalists
Health Journalism 2006
  03/16/06 - 03/19/06 Houston, TX
  More than 350 journalists, educators, students and health care experts gathered in Houston to take advantage of more than 50 workshop or panel sessions, five field trips and several receptions and other networking opportunities.
2005 AHCJ Conference
  03/31/05 - 04/03/05 Chapel Hill, NC
  AHCJ's sixth national conference included field trips to the Duke Diet & Fitness Center, the UNC Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology; and the VA Medical Center.
Reliable Reporting: Making Sense of Medical Evidence
  10/22/04 - 10/23/04 Hanover, NH
  The first regional conference sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.
2004 AHCJ Conference
  03/26/04 - 03/29/04 Minneapolis, MN
  Hot Spots in '04: Politics, patients and products
AHCJ 2003 Conference
  03/15/03 - 03/18/03 San Francisco, CA
  The program included 31 sessions with more than 60 speakers.
AHCJ 2002 Conference
  04/06/02 - 04/09/02 Bethesda, MD
  AHCJ's third national conference had more than 200 attendees, a plethora of speakers and 19 exhibitors.
AHCJ 2001 National Conference
  03/22/01 - 03/24/01 Atlanta, GA
AHCJ 2000 Inaugural National Conference
  05/04/00 - 05/06/00 Chicago, IL
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