Monday, May 8, 2017

Free journalism workshop will be held June 9 in Cincinnati on covering health care and health in rural America

The Association of Health Care Journalists is hosting a free workshop on covering rural health on June 9 in Cincinnati. The keynote speaker will be Julie Willems Van Dijk, director of County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, an annual measure of vital health factors revealing a snapshot of how health is influenced by where people live, learn, work and play. The registration deadline is May 26.

Five workshops will cover a variety of areas, including "Finding rural health stories: What reporters need to know," featuring Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor of Columbia Journalism Review and Laura Ungar, investigative and enterprise reporter for The Courier-Journal and USA Today. The workshop will moderated by Al Cross, director of the University of Kentucky's Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, which publishes Kentucky Health News.

Another workshop, "Challenges of keeping a rural health workforce," will include Timothy L. Putnam, president and chief executive officer of Margaret Mary Health and Brent Wright, associate dean for rural health innovation at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. The workshop will be moderated by Melissa Patrick, a journalist for Kentucky Health News, which is published by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.

Other workshops on the schedule are: "How the battle over health reform is impacting rural residents;" "The geographic divide: Reporting on disparities;" and "Covering the opioid epidemic beyond cities." To register for the event click here.

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