The Association of Health Care Journalists is hosting a Rural Health Journalism Workshop on July 14 in Chattanooga for its members, and it’s easy to join and attend. This year marks the first in-person rural health workshop since 2019.
The focus of the free workshop will be the medical challenges of rural areas. The sessions will touch on a range of topics, including how to find data and research about rural health, impacts of the pandemic, telemedicine in rural America, new models for rural health care, the opioid-settlement dollars, and building a rural health-care pipeline.
Stephanie Boynton, vice president and chief executive officer of Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital and Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital in Pikeville, Tenn., will talk about how a hospital just days away from closing its doors found a path to survival and what that has meant to a community.
The workshop is open to members of AHCJ, but there is a limited-time offer for journalists who are not members but would like to attend. You can register for the conference and get a six-month AHCJ membership for $30.
Click here to register. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. CT Thursday, July 7. The association still has some travel assistance money available to help pay for gas or a hotel room, even though the deadline to apply for this assistance has passed. There are a limited number of slots for those who work in public relations or are public information officers. The cost for these individuals is $50.