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2015 NABJ Conference on Health, Health Policy and Health Inequities
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4/9/2015 to 4/11/2015
When: April 9-11, 2015
Where: Barbara Jordan Conference Center at The Kaiser Family Foundation
1330 G Street NW
Washington, DC  20005
United States
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Health, Health Policy and Health Inequities



2015 NABJ Media Institute on Health, Health Policy
and Health Inequities

Barbara Jordan Conference Center at The Kaiser Family Foundation
1330 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
& The National Press Club
April 9-11, 2015


Cindy George
NABJ Parliamentarian and Program Chair
Houston Chronicle

NABJ's 7th Annual Media Institute on Health: Health Policy and Health Inequities is the only conference of its kind to focus exclusively on health disparities in communities of color and provide print, broadcast and digital journalists with tools to effectively report on the effects of the Affordable Care Act on underserved communities. Journalists and media professionals will leave with resources to inform and empower readers, viewers and listeners to action.

The NABJ Media Institute on Health has garnered national headlines and the attention of newsmakers for bringing awareness to health disparities and inequities in health care.Previous conferences have addressed HIV/AIDS, mental health, childhood obesity and infant mortality.


Program (subject to change)


THURSDAY, April 9, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.      Registration

9:00 a.m.                            Breakfast

9:30 a.m.                            Opening Remarks

9:45 a.m.                            Welcome

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.        Building Success Through The Maryland Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the state of Maryland are partnering to modernize the nation's only all-payer hospital rate-setting system. This initiative will update Maryland’s 36-year-old Medicare waiver to allow the state to adopt new policies intended to reduce per capita hospital expenditures and improve health outcomes as encouraged by the Affordable Care Act. Can Maryland hospitals advance better care, better health and reduce costs using this model? What adjustments are hospitals making to ensure success.  What is being done to reduce costs and improve population health?  Ask those who are facing the challenges of making this model work.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.   Improving Health Literacy Among Newly Insured African Americans - Powered by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation

Millions of African Americans have become newly eligible and insured since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. But insurance coverage is just the beginning—much work is still needed to increase health care literacy within this population, specifically how to select a health insurance plan and how to use it. This panel will bring together leaders across various sectors to discuss how to improve health care education, outreach and enrollment among African Americans.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Professional Development Luncheon


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.    The Affordable Care Act at Five Years Old - Powered by the Kaiser Family Foundation

Five years after President Obama signed into law the most comprehensive and influential pieces of health legislation in a generation, we look at the current state of the ACA. The Kaiser Family Foundation will provide an overview of the legislation, specifically legal challenges to the legislation and how it has provided coverage for millions of Americans. They will discuss the national story as well as insights into telling the story on a regional and state level.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The Right to Health: Reproductive Justice and Women’s Health

While a controversial topic for many, speaking about health equity for women of color would be incomplete without a frank discussion on reproductive health and reproductive rights. From the legislative attacks on women’s health centers at the state level to national discussions on motherhood, this panel will discuss this vital intersection of race, gender, and health.


FRIDAY, April 10, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.      Registration

8:00 a.m.                            Breakfast

9:10 a.m.                            Opening Remarks


9:20 a.m.                            Welcome


9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.      Opening Keynote Secretary of Health Sylvia Mathews Burwell

NABJ welcomes Secretary of Health Sylvia Mathews Burwell who will provide opening keynote remarks about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ work in protecting our health and working to ensure health equity of all Americans.


9:45 a.m.  - 10:45 a.m.         Protecting our Future: Battling Childhood Obesity

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated to health, has doubled down on its investment to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, committing $500 million on top of a half-billion already dedicated to addressing the problem over the last eight years.  RWJF focuses on the many societal factors that impact childhood health with programs and policies to ensure children have safe spaces to play, and parents are educated on healthy food choices and have access to affordable grocery stores. Learn more about foundation initiatives to promote the wellbeing of children, families and communities by building a Culture of Health in our nation.

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  A Conversation with Dr. J. Nadine Gracia

Join NABJ as we welcome Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for an intimate discussion on her work on ensuring health equity for communities of color.


12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.   Professional Development Luncheon: Disparities in Prostate Cancer in African Americans - Powered by Astellas US, Inc.

African American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer compared with White men and are nearly 2.5 times as likely to die from the disease. From factors ranging from genetics to social and environmental factors, this panel will discuss prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer and how it affects African American men.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.      Food Safety in African American Communities

Food safety is an important factor in discussions regarding healthy communities and health equity.  The panel will address the importance of food safety; emerging data in the disparities in food safety in minorities communities; food safety regulations and protections; how food-borne illnesses can be prevented by consumers; and measures taken by agencies to ensure the public is informed when outbreaks occur.


2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Supporting Medical Students of Color

The importance of a diverse medical community cannot be overstated. While African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans comprise more than 26 percent of the U.S. population, they represent just 6 percent of practicing physicians. From culturally competent care to more accurate diagnoses in patients of color, the fight to increase health equity is to encourage young aspiring medical students. This panel will discuss initiatives to recruit students of color into medical school as well as the challenges they face and support structures available


SATURDAY, April 11, 2015

National Press Club

Zenger Room

529 14th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20045


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.      Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Speed Pitch Roundtable

Health advocates offer story ideas and resources to journalists.


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Journalists’ Roundtable

A session dedicated to helping attendees understand the information they have learned, formulate story ideas and discuss innovative ways to present the information to viewers, readers and listeners.


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Registration Type
(By April 9, 2015)
Onsite Registration
(After April 9, 2015)
NABJ Member $35.00 $129.00
Non-Member $60.00 $159.00

(Total will include a $3.00 administrative fee)


Thank You

2015 NABJ Media Institute on
Health, Health Policy and Health Inequities Partners

Partner opportunities are available by reaching out to Development Director Denise Brooking at or


Keynote Speaker: Secretary of Health Sylvia Mathews Burwell

NABJ welcomes Secretary of Health Sylvia Mathews Burwell who will provide keynote remarks about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ work in protecting our health and working to ensure health equity of all Americans.

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