Skip to main content.

Health Matters Webinar Series

Upcoming

September 29, 2021

The pandemic is far from over but crucial COVID-19 protections and benefits are gone. When the Supreme Court struck down the CDC eviction moratorium in August, nearly 6 million renters were behind on rent, about 1 million faced the imminent threat of losing their homes, and landlords across the country were still waiting for federal rental assistance promised last spring. Some local or state moratoriums and assistance programs offer renters protection — for now. But in many states, evictions cases are jamming the courts and families are scrambling to find increasingly scarce affordable housing. The crisis is compounded by the expiration of expanded unemployment benefits, which kept some 5.5 million people from falling into poverty during the pandemic. This webinar explores the end of renter protections, unemployment benefits and other emergency relief, and what it means for the nation’s pandemic recovery and the health and well-being of low-income people, their families and communities.

Previous Webinars

September 09, 2021

The public health message so far has been loud and clear: Vaccines are highly effective against COVID-19 — even more so if you focus on hospitalizations and deaths. Yet a worsening delta surge has cast a growing spotlight on breakthrough infections and the risks they pose to people with compromised immune systems and seniors. New studies have fueled fresh worries about waning vaccine efficacy over time, and large outbreaks among vaccinated Americans have captured media attention. In this webinar, we’ll discuss what we know about the effectiveness of vaccines in the face of the delta surge, what role booster shots might play, and how reporters can responsibly report a complex and fast-moving story.

August 18, 2021

More than 100 anti-transgender rights bills were introduced in state legislatures this year. Many focus on children and teens. In this webinar, we’ll look at the medical and mental health needs of young people as they transition and discuss barriers to care and insurance coverage. We’ll examine the impact of policies that exclude and demonize transgender youth and the heightened challenges facing those of color. Participants will learn how to approach this multifaceted and timely story with rigor, nuance, sensitivity and understanding. Speakers will share the latest research on transgender mental health as well as story ideas and practical suggestions for finding sources and interviewing youth.

August 03, 2021

The Center for Health Journalism offers you an opportunity to transform your reporting by teaching you how to “interview the data” as if it were a human source.  In this webinar, you’ll hear from one of our data mentors, Star Tribune Data Editor MaryJo Webster, about what it takes to have a successful application for the program as well as from recent program participants. You’ll learn more about what you'll get from this fellowship program and provide insight into how to craft your application and project pitch. This session will be worth your time whether you've decided to apply or even if you are just curious to learn more about the program. Read more about the Data Fellowship and topical priorities for projects.

July 21, 2021

In the age of algorithms and informatics, law enforcement agencies across the country have turned to data-driven programs to help fight crime. But what happens when such programs infringe on civil rights, amplify racial biases or become abusive? And how can journalists hold those agencies accountable while detailing the steep human costs for those targeted? In this webinar, 2021 Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi will explain how they unearthed a secretive policing operation in Florida that used data to harass residents and profile schoolchildren. And they will discuss strategies that reporters can use to go beyond press releases and sniff out similar programs in their own communities. 

June 09, 2021

Ohio is running a $1 million lottery to spur folks to get vaccinated. West Virginia is giving young people $100; Krispy Crème is touting free donuts; and restaurants in New Orleans are offering “Shots for Shots.” As vaccine supply overtakes demand, states, local governments, schools and employers are devising out-of-the-box incentives to get more people immunized against COVID-19. The stakes are high, with herd immunity hanging in the balance. In this webinar, we’ll explore who remains unvaccinated and efforts aimed at hard-to-reach and underserved groups. Along the way, we’ll share story ideas for covering the next phase of the fight against the pandemic in local communities across the country.

May 19, 2021

This month marks the sober anniversary of the police killing of George Floyd, which ignited global protests and renewed efforts to reform or dismantle conventional policing across the nation. To some, the recent conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s murder signaled the launch of a new era of police accountability. But in the weeks leading up to the trial’s conclusion, police in Chicago fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright, 20, who died at the hands of police during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb. This webinar examines the price our society pays for a criminal-legal system that disproportionately arrests, punishes and kills Black people. How does the system shape health and life outcomes, not just for individuals who come in direct contact with the system but in whole communities?

April 28, 2021

The wave of attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has been emotionally gutting for these communities. It has also galvanized action and challenged journalists to think about their role and responsibility in covering sometimes overlooked issues with sensitivity and nuance. This webinar will examine the impact of the crisis on the mental health of Asian Americans, especially the women who are often targeted. We’ll also look at forward-looking strategies to foster individual and community resilience. Join us for a deep discussion to inform your coverage of the crisis, your reporting on Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and your understanding of some of the most fraught racial issues in the nation.

April 07, 2021

For a growing group of Americans, life has never been the same since testing positive for coronavirus. Long after the first wave of infection, patients report a host of debilitating and persistent symptoms — from extreme fatigue, heart problems and shortness of breath to brain fog, depression and even psychotic episodes. With more than 30 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S., there is growing urgency for researchers and doctors to unravel the causes and potential new treatments for those living with the misery of long COVID. In this webinar, we’ll share an update of what we’ve learned about long COVID since the condition first grabbed headlines last year, and we’ll talk about how to tell informed and compelling stories about a medical condition that is upending lives and forestalling recovery in nearly every community across the country.

March 24, 2021

Housing insecurity is a huge story in every community. Even before COVID-19, one in four tenants nationwide spent more than half their income on rent, 1 million were evicted a year, and about half a million people experienced homelessness. Now, in the face of  massive job loss and financial distress, an estimated 10 million households are behind on rent. This webinar explores the growing housing crisis and its implications for health and wellbeing. We’ll look at the deep roots of the problem and the racist history that makes housing insecurity especially acute for people of color. We’ll examine policy solutions needed to protect struggling renters and homeowners and expand access to safe, affordable housing. Get ideas, tips and resources for covering this urgent topic.

March 10, 2021

The pandemic has unleashed a tsunami of misinformation, lies and half-truths capable of proliferating faster than the virus itself. “Fake news” has swamped social media feeds, upended presidential briefings, and flooded vulnerable communities, hindering the fight against COVID-19 on everything from mask-wearing to vaccinations to the reality of the virus itself. The potentially fatal dangers posed by the “infodemic” are especially acute in communities of color, where long histories of racism and medical mistrust — combined with a lack of trusted messengers — have paved the way for COVID-19 misinformation and vaccine skepticism. In this webinar, we’ll delve into what one of our speakers has termed “the natural ecology of bullshit.” And we’ll discuss reporting examples, strategies and story ideas that incorporate these insights and effectively communicate to diverse audiences.

Pages

Announcements

The pandemic is far from over but crucial COVID-19 protections and benefits are gone. In our next webinar, we'll explore the end of renter protections, unemployment benefits and other emergency relief, and what it means for the nation’s pandemic recovery and the health and well-being of low-income people and their communities. Glean story ideas and crucial context. Sign-up here!

Are you passionate about helping journalists understand and illuminate the social factors that contribute to health and health disparities at a time when COVID-19 has highlighted the costs of such inequities? Looking to play a big role in shaping journalism today in the United States?  Apply now for one of our positions. 

CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY

Follow Us

Facebook


Twitter

CHJ Icon
ReportingHealth