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San Diego and the Border

Date and Time: 
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Program Description: 



The first session will kick off with a keynote dinner on Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. Daytime events will begin Friday morning, August 18, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. On Saturday morning we will depart for a field trip to a medicinal garden at 7:30 a.m.  Please bring comfortable walking shoes, hats and clothing for that event.  Please also plan to attend all dinners. The final scheduled event will be a working lunch on Sunday, August 20, 2006 (ending at around 2:00 p.m.).


The location of the workshops will be announced to program participants as the date gets closer. We will be offering lodging at a nearby hotel to all our fellows at no cost.

In a few weeks, you will receive a detailed schedule of events, along with information about travel and reimbursement, our guest speakers, your fellow participants and our mentor editors. At the event, you will also receive news articles and background information on our seminar topics.

Two sessions of the program in the San Diego and Border region aim to provide journalists with an insight and understanding to the community and health care issues that surround its residents.

Who Can Apply: 
California reporters, editors and producers in print, broadcast, and ethnic media with a passion for health care news (not just those on the health beat).
  • Examining Border Health, Immigrant Health and Bi-National Health Insurance.
  • Understanding how diverse communities rely upon medicinal herbs, spiritual cures and other alternative healing traditions, with Dr. Mary Hardy, director of Integrative Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
  • Investigating the inside story at your local hospital - led by Los Angeles Times reporter Charlie Ornstein, 2005 Pulitzer Prize Winner.
  • Exploring the future of Stem Cell Research - with Dr. Thomas Okarma, CEO of biotech giant Geron Corp.
  • Learning statistics basics that are essential for assessing public relations pitches on medical studies - taught by award-winning author, science reporter and editor Tom Siegfried.
  • Covering the junk food wars and the obesity epidemic, with New York Times food writer Kim Severson.
  • A look at America's deteriorating health insurance system and why more Americans are exposed to financial ruin, medical calamity, or both -- with Jonathan Cohn, New Republic staff writer and author of a forthcoming book on the subject.
  • Finding health stories in state politics: a California Health Care Primer on the Players, the Stakes, the Future - taught by Peter Harbage, a former California assistant secretary of health.
  • Testing your skill at covering health news with context and balance - an interactive exercise led by Robert Davis, an award-winning executive producer for CNN medical news.
  • Appreciating the life-and-death consequences of cultural misunderstandings and poor interpreting in medical settings.



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