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2013 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship

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Event Schedule: February 24-28, 2013

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Taught by prize-winning journalists, community health leaders, policy analysts, and health care experts, this Fellowship program features field trips, workshops, and seminars that highlight some of the top health challenges facing California. The Fellowship begins with a reception and keynote dinner on Sunday evening and ends midday on the following Thursday.  The program pays all travel expenses associated with Fellows' attendance.

The general theme is "Healthy Communities" — how neighborhood life,  social inequities, race, education, and the environment influence health.   Fellows hone their craft, learn new multimedia and social marketing skills, gain new perspectives on health issues, and come away with great sources and strategies to deal with complex health data and research reports.  Assigning editors and producers for Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend our special Fellowship project workshop, at our expense.

During the Fellowship sessions, Fellows get plenty of time to discuss with experts, and with each other, strategies for covering health news with authority and sophistication. In the six months after the seminars end, Fellows confer by phone and e-mail with veteran journalists who guide them through work on major Fellowship projects.

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Highlights: 

Here are some highlights of the upcoming 2013 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship: 

  • In the keynote address, Otis Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, will share insights from his 2012 book, “How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks about Being Sick in America,” which explored some of the contradictions in American health care, including the overtreatment of the rich and the undertreatment of the poor. 
  • Anthony Iton, J.D., M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president of healthy communities at The California Endowment, will discuss the social factors that contribute to health, including poverty, the environment, land use decisions, and opportunities for employment in a talk, “Health Disparities - Place and Health.”
  • Two sessions will explore various aspects of health care reform.  The first will provide an overview of California’s progress, including the expansion of MediCal to insure low-income residents and the establishment of a Health Care Exchange to provide uninsured residents access to subsidies for private insurance.  Speaking on the first panel will be Marian Mulkey, M.P.H., M.P.P., director of the Health Reform and Public Programs Iniative of the California Health Care Foundation, who will provide an overview of health care reform in California, and  Sarah Varney, a San Francisco-based reporter for Kaiser Health News, who will provide tips for California reporters about developments to watch for in the coming year.  The second panel will feature G. Michael Roybal, M.D., M.P.H., medical director of the Edward R. Roybal Comprehensive Health Center, discussing the role that community clinics will play in providing primary care to the newly insured.  Melissa Stafford Jones, president and CEO of the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, will talk about the likely burden of public hospitals ERs of caring for the "residual uninsured" who will either not qualify for MediCal or private health insurance, not be able to afford it or be unwilling to buy it. 2012 National Health Journalism Fellow Anna Gorman, health care reporter for the Los Angeles Times, will speak about her storytelling about community clinics.
  • In an interactive workshop, JoAnna Caywood, senior director, programs and partnerships for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health,  will show Fellows how to use KidsData, a tool developed by the Foundation to provide easy access to comprehensive data about the health and well being of children across California.
  • Robert Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., president and editor-in-chief of Everwell,  a health video production company and website, and author of “Coffee is Good for You,” will lead an interactive workshop, “Reporting Health Stories with Context and Balance.”
  • Patrick Boyle, communications director of The Forum for Youth Investment and former editor of Youth Today, will lead a workshop on how to access evaluations and financial records of nonprofit organizations.
  • A field trip to examine the health effects of housing and the built environment will take Fellows to the Boyle Heights neighborhood, a largely Latino immigrant community where crowding in housing is a problem and there are too few safe places to play or exercise.  The field trip will begin with a panel discussion featuring Rishi Manchanda, M.D., M.P.H., founder and president of HealthBegins, a startup that provides tools to help address the community factors that drive disease, and Barbara Siegel, J.D., M.P.H., who as managing director of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County founded the Health Consumer Center to advocate for healthy housing options for low-income residents. John Arroyo, an urban planner, cultural producer and writer who grew up in East L.A., will lead an insider’s tour of the neighborhood.
  • A panel of experts will discuss “Topics in Mental Health in California.”  Sen. Leland Yee, Ph.D., will speak about changes in California's mental health system over the last few years and his bill to help counties implement Laura’s Law, which permits them to mandate outpatient treatment for some potentially dangerous mentally ill patients. Patricia Ryan, M.P.A., executive director of the California Mental Health Directors Association, will discuss the practical and financial realities of providing mentally health services at the county level, Jocelyn Wiener, whose Fellowship project examined the impact on budget cuts in Stanislaus County, will discuss the challenges in reporting on mental illness.  And Jennifer Hoff, mother of a mentally ill young adult, will discuss barriers to accessing care.
  • 2012 National Fellow Kate Long, a freelance reporter for the Charleston Gazette, will discuss the importance of reaching out to health practitioners and advocates in a talk on “Maximizing Impact through Community Engagement.” With a grant from the Fellowships’ Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism, Long produced “The Shape We’re In,”  a 50+ part series on West Virginia’s obesity problem that has led to numerous community initiatives and legislative action. 
  •  Tina Rosenberg,  co-writer of the Fixes column in NYTimes.com, will talk about solutions-focused journalism and how peer pressure can be harnessed to promote better health.
  • Angilee Shah, a journalist with Public Radio International and former community editor of ReportingonHealth, will share the latest social media tools that can help journalists gather news, engage with the community and promote their stories.

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