CWRU health care scholars participate in Health Journalism 2016 conference

More than 600 attendees gathered in Cleveland last month for Health Journalism 2016, the annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). This highly regarded event highlighted the perspective of numerous experts from the schools of medicine and nursing on a vast array of timely health topics from the opioid epidemic to the Zika virus, along with insights from many other top researchers, educators, clinicians, journalists, authors and other prominent figures.

“Once again, the AHCJ’s annual Health Journalism meeting was an invaluable opportunity for the nation’s premiere health journalists to convene with some of the brightest minds from across the health community, all in pursuit of the highest standards of medical reporting. We are proud that the CWRU School of Medicine continues to be on the cutting edge of health innovation at the national level, and we’re truly honored to have so members of esteemed faculty contribute to the critical discussions that took place during the 2016 conference,” said Pamela B. Davis, dean of the School of Medicine, whose presentation focused on the future of medical education.

Panel discussions during the AHCJ meeting spanned many fascinating areas of health news, from top trends to lesser-discussed themes. CWRU colleagues contributed their insights and innovations to many of these discussions, such as the following:

  • “Science: Breaking Down Obesity,” Carolyn E. Ievers-Landis
  • “Localizing Stories on Organ Transplantation,” Charles M. Miller
  • “Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons: Trends to watch in 2016 and beyond,” Alan Lerner; Stephen M Rao; Benjamin Walter
  • “Providing care as society sees a new gender spectrum,” Sana Loue
  • “Covering safety-net providers and their patients: super-utilizers and their stories,” William Steiner
  • “Will innovative care reach patients?” Stanton L. Gerson and Brian Bolwell
  • “Medicine via smartphone: new ways to deliver care,” Marco Costa
  • “Defining a ‘good’ death—and how to cover it,” Charles V. Wellman and Barbara Daly
  • “The tyranny of geography: place, race, and the social determinants of health,” Edward M. Barksdale Jr.
  • “Cybersecurity: Understanding the risk,” Brook Watts
  • “How to understand and cover the opioid epidemic,” Christina M. Delos Reyes
  • “Precision Medicine: Getting beyond the hype,” Jill Barnholtz-Sloan; Charis Eng; Rocio Moran
  • “Is that $1000 pill worth it? How to examine high health costs,” Neal Meropol
  • “Trauma’s mental impact from childhood to adulthood,” Ewald Horwath
  • “What is Big Data and how to use it to report on urban health issues,” Lawrence Kleinman
  • “Beyond HIV/AIDS: reporting on the LGBT community,” James Hekman and Henry Ng
  • “Stem cells and regenerative medicine: what’s real,” Stanton L. Gerson and Paul J. Tesar
  • “Reinventing medical education,” Pamela B. Davis
  • “Hepatitis C and Beyond: A far-reaching story,” Melissa K. Osborn
  • “Taking care of the changing veteran population,” Murray Altose and Joseph Calabrese
  • “From Ebola to Zika: Responsible reporting on emerging infectious diseases,” Steven Gordon; Brian Grimberg; Jennifer Hanrahan; Susan Rehm
  • “Cancer Care tailored to Teens and Young Adults,” Rabi Hanna and John Letterio
  • “Aging well: Innovative Approaches for Boomers and beyond,” Francoise Adan and Ronan Factora
  • “Merger mania of health insurers and the rice of dominant and potential monopolies,” Karim A. Botros

Video clips from some of these sessions are available now.