June 1, 2023


Health is important

Health Journalism 2022 — a safe, informative (and fun) gathering

Picture by Paola RodriguezAttendees listening to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s keynote deal with at Wellness Journalism 2022.

Board President of AHCJ

Some 500 individuals gathered in Austin, Texas, two weeks in the past for AHCJ’s initially in-man or woman conference in three decades. Primarily based on my observations and each and every remark I obtained, it was a great achievements.

Trepidation about socializing following pandemic isolation? It evaporated. The regular superior-electrical power collegiality pervaded the four-working day convention, which featured two area trips, 47 panel conversations and workshops, two dinner receptions, and the yearly awards luncheon.

Although attendance was decrease than our previous meeting in Baltimore, which captivated 800 folks, it was better than predicted thinking about significant airfares and virus uncertainties. Though the specific range is not nevertheless available, the convention appeared to have extra initially-time attendees than ever. They packed the area at the initial-timers session on Thursday.

AHCJ’s signature occasion for freelancers, PitchFest, was fully subscribed, with 47 writers pitching their story strategies to 21 editors from 16 publications, which include AARP, MindSite Information, WebMD, and Kaiser Overall health News. “Writers and editors had been enthusiastic, and we had been all so content to satisfy in particular person once more,” Jeanne Erdmann, chair of the Freelance Committee, stated

AHCJ took techniques to stop COVID-19 transmission, necessitating proof of vaccination and booster pictures to enter the event. Masks have been also expected, and as significantly as I could explain to, everybody complied.

It paid off. Only 4 people today who attended the convention described screening beneficial afterward – a few attendees and the partner of a person of people attendees. That strongly suggests that there was minimal or no unfold of the virus at this conference. Many thanks to all!

Between the convention highlights:

  • The keynote speaker, Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid expert services, took open-ended thoughts from reporters for the initial time, talking with us for about 40 minutes.
  • In a different Q&A session, Robert Califf, M.D.,M.A.C.C., commissioner of the Foods and Drug Administration, created headlines with his observation that “misinformation is our main result in of demise.”
  • At a roundtable dialogue through the luncheon, 4 experts in women’s reproductive wellbeing geared up reporters for the conclude of abortion rights in a lot of states. Their prescient reviews came just two days ahead of the media would report that the Supreme Court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to a leaked draft of the conclusion.

In advance of the meeting, AHCJ’s Board of Directors held its two times-yearly assembly, also content to see every other outdoors the Zoom bins. I last but not least obtained to satisfy our latest board associates, Christine Herman and Sebastián Martínez Valdivia. The board read updates about committee things to do, finances (nevertheless sturdy), membership (holding constant) and the lookup for a new govt director (earning development). In a shift that I suspect several customers will welcome, the board approved the employees to negotiate a deal to rebuild AHCJ’s antiquated internet site.

If you skipped the party, sure periods, or just want to refresh your memory, below are some methods:

Several thanks to everybody who designed the convention a results, which include AHCJ’s ace employees, the speakers who traveled from afar to share their expertise, and each individual conference attendee, who brought intelligent issues and hearty spirits to Austin.

See you following calendar year!