Association of Health Care Journalists (USA)

The independent Association of Health Care Journalists was established in 1998 by J. Duncan Moore, Melinda Voss and several other health-care journalists as a nonprofit organization devoted to educating the general public about health-care issues and advancing the goal of professionalism in reporting on health-care trends and concerns. After attracting grants and in-kind support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bloomberg's Bureau of National Affairs and other organizations and individuals, the new trade group hosted its first national conference in Chicago in 2000. Most recently, The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation, contributed significant funds in 2014 to support a fellowship program for experienced reporters. Membership currently includes over 1,000 journalists and industry participants from the United States and other nations.

The association focuses heavily on increasing awareness of the special difficulties of accurate reporting for the legal, regulatory and fiscal realities of a complex, highly politicized health-care environment. In 2004, the association banded together with other prominent journalism groups to strongly urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to desist from producing and releasing taxpayer-funded announcements dressed up to simulate industry news reports. In 2005, its Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism contest drew 370 entries, and in 2007, then-governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and AOL founder Steve Case attended the association-sponsored Health Journalism 2007 conference in Los Angeles.

Visit the Association of Health Care Journalists here: http://healthjournalism.org.

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