The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, welcomed more than 750 health care journalists to Baltimore last week to Health Care Journalism 2019, the Association of Health Care Journalists’ 20th annual health journalism conference at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor.
The conference began Thursday with a series of educational trips to Hopkins research, clinical and teaching facilities, including three Bloomberg School programs and facilities: the SPARC (Sex Workers Promoting Action, Risk Reduction, and Community Mobilization) Center, which provides support services for women, especially sex workers; the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute’s mosquito insectary; and the Johns Hopkins Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health. The field trip included lunch with faculty with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative.
Dr. Otis Brawley, a cancer screening and prevention expert who recently joined Johns Hopkins as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, gave opening remarks. He was introduced by Dr. Ellen J. MacKenzie, dean of the Bloomberg School. “The work of health care journalists is crucial for greater public understanding of research and policies that affect our lives and our communities,” Dean MacKenzie said.
The conference featured nearly 60 Johns Hopkins faculty experts, including more than 25 from the Bloomberg School, along with panelists from other institutions, who spoke on subjects including measles, obesity, gun violence prevention, adolescent mental health, global health and hearing loss in older adults.Friday Letter Submission