The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) hosted its third annual Media Institute on Health, Health Policy, and Health Disparities. The Conference was held March 24- 26, 2011, at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center at Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C.
NABJ’s Media Institute on Health, Health Policy and Health Disparities is the only conference of its kind to focus exclusively on health disparities in communities of color and providing print, broadcast and digital journalists the tools to effectively report on the impact of health care reform and health policy on underserved communities. Journalists and media professionals left with resources to inform and empower readers and viewers to action in their lives.
Topics addressed at the Media Institute included understanding and covering the social determinants of health, creative community solutions to health care access and prevention, updates to the Affordable Care Act, HIV/AIDS in the black community, mental health, childhood obesity, and understanding studies and data.
"We work hard to bring our members and guests provocative health subjects and a diverse group of health experts each year. There is probably no place that journalists can come together with experts to have an open dialogue about health and the way health policies impact our communities,” said Andrea King Collier, longtime NABJ member and Conference chair.
The convening was hosted by the NABJ Media Institute, which offers professional development opportunities, technical training, historical documentation, educational programs, workshops, entrepreneurial guidance as well as Web seminars, which consist of quality content and provide resources for students and journalists of colors.
To view the 2011 Health Disparities Conference click here.