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Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance

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Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)

Deadline Date:

11/10/21 Noon ET/11:00 AM CT/9:00 AM PT

Description:

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Fellowships to USA journalists for projects addressing health care topics. Participants will receive a $2,500 award, up to $4,000 in project funding, in-kind support, and opportunities to attend seminars, workshops, and conferences. Preference will be given to projects focusing on health equity.

The AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance are intended to support U.S.-based applicants who have interesting projects in mind for their news outlets that hold the promise of informing and educating the public. 

This year’s review committee is particularly interested in projects focused on health equity. This might include racial disparities within a community, gaps in public health inclusion, unstable housing, insurance access, food insecurity, violence as a health issue, how health care institutions or systems are applying a racial equity lens to their policies and practices or otherwise addressing inequities or disparities, or other examinations of systemic problems that became so apparent over the past year.

The project could take several forms. The fellow could choose to evaluate a local health system or a specific local or regional program or an aspect of the national system. An approach might be to compare two health care systems addressing a common problem — access to care for poor and uninsured patients, for example — to see why one community is performing better and why. Fellows pursuing projects such as these would want to consider public data and relevant academic studies in addition to interviews with health care and civic leaders, patients and others.
For possible topic areas, see the URL for Full Text.
Through interviews, site visits, background briefings and use of databases and academic literature, each fellow is expected to produce a package of stories spotlighting a system-related topic, problems and potential improvements. Fellows may focus on specific aspects of the system such as nursing care or pharmacy or payment structures or medical errors, or on the system as a whole. The package can be for a single media platform or multiple platforms.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174537

Estimated Size of Grant:

The fellowship provides:
- Seminar trips, including food, lodging, and travel within the United States;
- A project allowance of up to $4,000 that can be tapped for field reporting trips, data purchases, and other approved research expenses;
- Attendance at the AHCJ annual conference, including travel, lodging, and registration
- Attendance at your choice of a one-day AHCJ regional workshop, including travel, lodging, and registration;
- One year's professional membership in AHCJ;
- A $2,500 fellowship award for the successful completion of the project before the end of the year.

AHCJ fellowship leaders will provide support and guidance through seminars, conference calls, and e-mail consultations.

Term of Contract:

One-year period

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates should be experienced U.S.-based, working journalists who qualify for AHCJ professional membership and have expertise in health reporting.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Nov. 8 at noon ET, 11 a.m. CT, 9 a.m. PT

Anticipated schedule
Seminar #1 – New York City or virtual meeting
Mid to late January: Speakers and discuss projects

Seminar #2 and conference
April 27: full day workshop at AHCJ’s annual conference in Austin, Texas

April 28-May1: AHCJ Health Journalism 2022 in Austin

*Conference dates are tentative and subject to change based on local and national Covid-19 regulations and considerations

Seminar #3, New York City
Fall: Date to be determined

Regional Workshop
Summer or Fall of 2022. Dates to be determined

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://healthjournalism.org/fellowship-application/?f=Reporting%20Fellowship%20on%20Health%20Care%20Performance

Questions? Contact Susan Cunningham at susan@healthjournalism.org or 573-882-2203.

Association of Health Care Journalists
Missouri School of Journalism
10 Neff Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Phone: 573-884-5606
Fax: 573-884-5609
E-mail: info@healthjournalism.org

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