Health

July 24, 2023

DEADLINE: USC Annenberg Impact Fund for Reporting on Health Equity and Health Systems

This program supports investigative or explanatory projects on systemic racism in public health, health care policy and the practice of medicine, including inequity in treatment, access to care, patient experience and health outcomes for Black people, Indigenous people and other people of color. Apply by Jul 24, 2023.

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August 24, 2023

AHCJ Rural Health Journalism Workshop

Join the Association of Health Care Journalists in Kansas City for this workshop with the theme "The 5 Most Urgent Conversations About Rural Health." Scholarships are available for Kansas- and Missouri-based journalists that can assist with mileage, registration and one hotel night. Registration closes Aug 11.

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July 20, 2023

AHCJ Webinar: Covering High-Risk Lab Accidents and the COVID-19 Origins Story

In this Association of Health Care Journalists webinar, investigative reporter Alison Young will talk about her book; provide context about what is known about what happened at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and about lab leaks more broadly; and offer resources and tips for staying on top of this very timely issue. 2 p.m. ET.

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July 19, 2023

AHCJ Webinar: Cancer News — Balancing Fear, Hype and Reality

At this Association of Health Care Journalists webinar, experts will suggest approaches to putting the latest U.S. Preventive Services Task Force screening recommendations in context while eliminating hype and not creating false hope. 2:00 p.m. ET.

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July 14, 2023

AHCJ Webinar: How Journalists Can Put ChatGPT to Good Use

In this Association of Health Care Journalists webinar, Alex Mahadevan, director of the Poynter Institute's MediaWise digital media literacy program, will take ChatGPT for a spin, discuss what he's learned about the new technology and answer your questions. 1:00 p.m. ET.

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‘Orange’ Is the New Data — for Wildfire Smoke

The U.S. air quality alert scale is showing a lot of unhealthy colors this season, from oranges up to unhealthy reds and purples or worse, as smoke from wildfires in Canada periodically drifts across various U.S. regions. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox explores a key database and other resources to help journalists report on the spread of smoky air.

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The Community We’ve Long Ignored

Veteran environmental justice reporter Yessenia Funes this week launches “Voices of Environmental Justice,” her new SEJournal column. Each quarterly commentary will focus on spotlighting the perspectives of affected communities that environmental and climate journalists often ignore. For her inaugural entry, with Pride month nearing its end, a look at how climate change and environmental pollution exacerbate the already elevated health risks of LGBTQIA+ people.

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Wildfire Smoke — Now a Local Story in Unaccustomed Places

The harms of air pollutants created by wildfires are clear. What’s lost in the haze, though, is that wildfire smoke can carry those pollutants vast distances, threatening communities that are unfamiliar with the risks. The latest TipSheet explains the dangers and how far-flung wildfire smoke travels, then offers a dozen story ideas plus reporting resources.

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Watching the Watchers: How Journalistic Teamwork Uncovered Years of Regulatory Failure in Texas

After a massive fire at a Texas petrochemical storage facility, reporters from Public Health Watch and The Texas Tribune worked together to shed light on who was responsible for this disaster and what health threats had been hidden from the public. This behind-the-scenes report from Public Health Watch’s David Leffler and Savanna Strott looks at the challenges the team faced and how they overcame them.

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Pesticide Data Can Ground Food and Farm Stories

A billion pounds of chemicals are used on U.S. crops each year. Designed to protect them, they can also leave residue on foods we eat and enter the waterways we drink from. Reporter’s Toolbox has some key data sources for journalists, whether they’re looking at the big picture or are drilling down locally around issues of pesticide use and human or ecological health.

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