Black Journalists Host Third Annual Media Institute on Health and Health Disparities
Monday, February 14, 2011
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Journalists Host Third Annual Media Institute on
Health and Health Disparities
Institute will examine the Impact of Healthcare Reform Policies on Communities
DC (February 14, 2011) -- The
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host its third annual
Media Institute on Health, Health Policy, and Health Disparities. The
Conference will be 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 will leave with resources to inform and empower readers and viewers
to action in their lives.
"There has never
been a more key time to cover the health scene, after the massive legislative
changes that took place last year with our health system,” said NABJ President
Kathy Y. Times. "Expert panelists from across the country will join us and weigh
in on the long-term change that the overhaul of the health system will have for
people of color in the United States. Given the steadily
high unemployment rates, epidemic levels of chronic disease, and
disproportionately high rates of premature death in communities of color,
journalists must take a deeper look at the future of the health policies that
impact our health and well-being.”
This annual Media Institute has garnered
headlines and the attention of newsmakers in the fight to bring awareness to
health care disparity. Previous keynote presenters at the conference have
included; Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, U.S.
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., Former U.S. Surgeon General David
Satcher, M.D., Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense
Fund, and Phill Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute.
"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
Topics addressed at the Media
Institute will include 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.
The convening is 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.
Pre- registration rates for the conference are: $79 for NABJ
Members and $129 for other participants, on or before March 10, 2011. For the full
listing of workshops and registration, please visit our website here.
For program information, media, advertising and sponsorship
inquiries regarding this Media Institute, contact NABJ Program Manager, Irving
Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest
organization of journalists of color in the nation, and provides educational,
career development and support to black journalists worldwide.