Call For Proposals
2012 NABJ Media Institute on Health:
Health Policy and Health Inequities
March 29-31, 2012
Barbara Jordan Conference Center
The Kaiser Family Foundation
Join us for the fourth annual Media Institute on Health: Health Policy
and Health Inequities. There has never been a more compelling time to cover the
health landscape. Whether you are a dedicated health beat reporter or health
issues arise in your coverage of business, economics, housing, education or
politics, exposure to these hot topics will help you build stronger stories.
Each session is designed to not only unveil data and information, but
will help journalists build their contacts with powerhouse experts for future
reporting. In addition, our Saturday journalists’ roundtable sessions are
dedicated to helping attendees digest what they have learned, formulate story
ideas and discuss innovative ways to present the information to viewers,
readers and listeners.
THURSDAY, March 29
|8:30 a.m.||Continental Breakfast|
|9:00a.m. ||Opening Remarks|
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Deciphering the Numbers
Covering health, health policy and health
data and statistics that often stand alone without easily
context. Experts will show ways to use numbers and other
writing about and explaining key issues in health policy as
well as offer tips
on following the numbers to get to the heart of the health
Presenter: Jennifer Kates
Vice President and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy
Kaiser Family Foundation
10:30 a.m. – Noon
|Diabetes in the Black
Community: Working together for better
Powered by Lilly
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent
chronic illnesses that
disproportionately affects people of color. This panel will
address the latest
health innovations to reduce the diabetes disparity for people
descent and explore best practice programs that are being
implemented to fill
Moderator: Tyeese Gaines, M.D.
David M. Kendall, M.D.
Distinguished Medical Fellow, Lilly Diabetes, Eli Lilly and Company; Former Chief Scientific and Medical Officer of the American Diabetes Association
Janice Harris, RN, BSN, CDE
Howard University Hospital Diabetes Treatment Center
Hal Smith, Ed.D. Vice President
Education and Youth Development
National Urban League
LaShawn Worsley McIver, M.D.
American Diabetes Association
Cedric Bright, M.D.
Assistant Dean of Special Programs and Admissions in the Department of Medical Education
UNC at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (LUNCH)
The Affordable Care Act:
Two years ago at our NABJ Media Institute on Health, the
country was on the
verge of passing the historic and controversial Affordable
Care Act. Policymakers,
pundits, patients and presidential candidates are still
debating its future.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in late March
about the law
designed to overhaul health care in America. How are states
for universal health care? What’s new with the groundbreaking
during this election year?
Moderator: Andrea King Collier
Black Woman’s Guide to Black Men’s Health
Brian Smedley, Ph.D.
Vice President and Director
Health Policy Institute
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Anton J. Gunn, M.S.W.
Regional Director (Region IV Office, Southeast)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Senior Policy Analyst
Health Policy Department
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Associate Director of Federal Relations
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
40 Years Later:
Reflections on the Tuskegee Syphilis Study
It’s been four decades since the end of
"Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male.” In
one of the
sorriest chapters in U.S.
health history, poor black men in the rural South unknowingly
lived with a
curable infection – some for decades – in the name of
research. The study lasted
40 years and 40 more years have passed since the unethical
research was ended.
Ironically, the study was so well managed, it became a
teaching tool and helped
change research practices for human experimentation. Still,
Tuskegee also led to a cultural wariness
about medical research. This panel explores how researchers
black participation in clinical trials that could lead to more
tailored to African Americans and better results from what’s
Moderator: Cindy George
NABJ Parliamentarian & Conference Chair
Alondra Nelson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Institute for Research on Women and Gender
Bill Jenkins, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Disease Transmission Specialist
Former Supervisory Epidemiologist at the CDC’s
National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention
Joyce E. Balls-Berry, Ph.D., M.P.E.
Director, Office for Community Engaged Research
Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)
Lovell Jones, Ph.D.
Center for Health Equity & Evaluation Research
University of Houston/University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Back to Black: Focusing on the U.S. HIV Epidemic at AIDS 2012
Attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic began
30 years ago with
an unknown illness in the white gay community and quickly
bounced to the
African continent. The return of the International AIDS
Conference to U.S. soil after 20 years, hosted in the nation’s
capital, offers a new opportunity to focus on the African
American epidemic at
its epicenter – Washington, D.C. The global stage will also
give voice to the HIV surge in other U.S. populations: Black
of the South, adolescents and older adults. This panel will
teach participants to
look beyond Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data to
balanced and engaging content across multiple platforms.
Moderator: Corey Dade
NABJ Region II Director
National Correspondent, NPR
Founder and Executive Director
Black AIDS Institute
Schools Engagement Manager
Metro TeenAIDS (Washington, D.C.)
Stacey E. Little, Ph.D, M.P.H.
Center on AIDS & Community Health (Washington, D.C.)
Donald Alcendor, Ph.D.
Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research
Meharry Medical College
Risha Irvin, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Advisor on HIV Policy & Media Programs
Kaiser Family Foundation
|5:30 p.m. ||Reception|
Location: The Kaiser Family Foundation
FRIDAY, March 30
|8:00 a.m. ||Continental Breakfast|
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
State of Black Women’s Health
Living up to images of strong black women with iron
backbones and Teflon
feelings may be causing some of the ailments
disproportionately plaguing women
of color – heart disease, obesity, stress, depression,
fibroid tumors, violence and preterm delivery. There is a
plaguing women of all colors, but certain illnesses affect
black women more
chronically. This panel explores why black women bear the
brunt of some
diseases, illuminates underreported health challenges such as
eating disorders and explains how making self-care a priority
families and communities overall.Moderator: Maureen Bunyan
Anchor, NABJ Founder
Michelle A. Albert, M.D.
Director of Behavioral Neurocardiovasular Cardiology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Health Journalist & Co-Author
Health First! The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide
Michelle A. Gourdine, M.D.
Physician, Principal Author and CEO
Michelle Gourdine and Associates, LLC
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Reproductive Health and the 2012 Elections
This workshop will explore the
reproductive health political
landscape and the potential effect of legislative trends on
health of African
American women, who have higher maternal, breast-cancer and
rates as well as higher incidences of unplanned pregnancy,
infections and HIV/AIDS. This workshop will also help
story trends and new sources.
Moderator: Rehema Ellis
Vanessa Cullins, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Vice President of External Medical Affairs
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Dana Thomas, J.D.
Senior Policy Director
National Family Planning & Reproductive Health
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (LUNCH)
First Food: Improving Children’s Lifelong Health Outcomes through Breastfeeding
Powered by The W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Studies suggest that babies receiving exclusive access to breast milk as their "first food” for the first six months of life have better health, educational and emotional outcomes. Support from the U.S. Surgeon General, the World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics and others confirm that this gold standard of infant nutrition should be the norm but too often is not - especially for black women in America, where the exclusive rate of breastfeeding at six months is only 20 percent, compared to 40 percent among their whites counterparts.
This panel will explore how new laws to support working mothers, including the Affordable Care Act, as well as policies, educational initiatives and community-based supports are helping more women nourish their youngsters with breast milk. It will also inform the media on the cultural barriers and complexities of breastfeeding in the African American community and offer practical suggestions and story ideas on how the media can better cover this public health issue.
Moderator: Michel Martin
Journalists, Host- "Tell Me More"
Gail C. Christopher, D.N.
Vice President of Program Strategy
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Diana N. Derige, M.P.H.
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Kimberly Seals Allers
Author and Journalist
IATP Food & Community Fellow
|Press Briefing on Health at the White House (Registrants Only, Security Clearance Required)
6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
Reception hosted by the Washington Association of
Location: The Hamilton- 600 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC
SATURDAY, March 31
At the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW - Washington, D.C. 20045
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (BRUNCH)
Speed Pitch Roundtable
Advocates address journalists by offering story ideas and sources.
10:30 a.m. to Noon (BRUNCH)
A session dedicated to helping attendees
digest what they
have learned, formulate story ideas and discuss innovative
ways to present the
information to viewers, readers and listeners.